BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
Sport for LIFE All Island Executive Assistant
Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
helping me achieve my current career success by providing the guidance and support as well as the opportunity to push myself to reach my full potential. The best advice I can offer anyone is to please make the most of every opportunity afforded to you.
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
During University I was involved in every opportunity available in order to challenge myself to become better.
Sports Outreach through Sport for LIFE delivery and research, scholarships to run sports programmes through the Sports Union as well as continuing my voluntary work within my community and local GAA club.
This range of experiences allowed me to gain a wider knowledge and understanding of the working world.
Try to do things to make yourself stand out from the crowd by trying something new.
How placement enhanced my employability
Placement is essential for anyone wishing to gain full time employment post University. I completed a full year in Holy Trinity College and this year helped shape and develop my skills and personality, as well as provide invaluable experience which was essential in gaining my current job.
How study abroad enhanced my employability
Although I didn't take the opportunity to study abroad this is one aspect of University that I regret not making the most of. As a student and member of staff I hear the brilliant experiences others have had and wish I had availed of the opportunity.
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- Upon graduating and still to this day I'm always trying to develop myself through further education. Only by continually learning can you develop yourself and make yourself more employable.
- Upon graduating in 2012 I started working as a brick paving specialist and continued in this role for over 12 months before I was successful in my application for my current job.
- Be patient and remember to reflect and learn from all of your experiences.
What would your advice to students be?
Don't pigeon hole yourself into a particular career right from the outset. Make the most of all the experiences available and only by doing this will you know what is the career for you.
Don't take anything for granted. What you want in this life you have to earn on merit. Please make the most of your University experience and remember staff are there to help you so please ask questions.