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Clare Houston

FdSc Science in Sports Coaching
Graduated 2009
Technical Officials Manager Gold Coast 2018
Commonwealth Games Corporation

Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...

creating a stepping stone for me to develop my educational background and achieve promotion(s) within my workplace. - Clare Houston

My Journey

  • Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability

    The most important part of my time at Ulster University was time spent in front of staff in lectures.


    Learning from experienced practitioners taught me so much useful information for my current roles.


  • How placement enhanced my employability

    As I was already in full time employment while studying I did not partake in any additional work placements. However I found that the lecture material transferred over to my job, and I was able to become better at my job as a result.

  • Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far

    1. Signing up for the part time degree. It was very difficult at the time, trying to balance full-time employment and complete assignments and exams. However sticking through to the end has proved a defining moment for my employment opportunities.
    2. The collegiality of my class at Ulster really helped with my career path. There were a lot of experienced people and we learned from each other as well as the staff. What was most important was supporting each other through the bumps in the road.
    3. I had a great job with Athletics Northern Ireland. Taking the leap of faith to leave family/friends and the comfort of a good job was difficult but it has worked out now as I have got to work in some great places and meet some great people.

What would your advice to students be?

University/work placements are going to be hard. Expect to have tough times, it's not easy. It's hard for everyone. Work hard and support each other and that effort will pay off in the end.

Take a leap of faith. Don't just see the job market as Northern Ireland - have a go living/working elsewhere. You can always come back, this time more experienced!
- Clare Houston