Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
providing a solid foundation to help me grow and develop as a person. Being surrounded with so many talented individuals on my course helped me realise quite quickly that if I'm to succeed I have to surround myself with good, positive people.
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
I worked throughout my degree in Leisure, teaching group exercise classes, Fitness instructing and lifeguarding. This helped me to develop a strong work ethic but also lay down a solid foundation for my current role.
Get yourself involved in student sports...I was racing Triathlon for Ireland whilst studying but took part in many of the sports clubs. One of the most memorable experiences was fund raising for the Athletics Club.
How placement enhanced my employability
During my placement year at Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland I was able to put my part time work experience and theory from my studies to be promoted to the Senior Fitness Instructor, leading a team of 10 instructors, a first for a university student.
How study abroad enhanced my employability
I always had a bug for travelling. The summer after I graduated I travelled through Australia working in some of the leading fitness companies. Travelling develops many skills most of which are transferable to employment. Ultimately it develops your communication and people skills and helps you plan and budget.
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- Working in the worlds leading hotel during my placement year helped me understand the importance of '5 star' customer service. Leading a team of experienced fitness professionals at the tender age of 20 helped develop my thirst to succeed.
- Networking at a Technogym golf day in England I met the director of Edenmore. This led to me taking on the role of General Manager at the age of 24. Leading a team of 50+ staff to deliver golf, leisure and hospitality.
- Whilst at Edenmore I met the Director of LFX, we went on to set up LFX Ireland. It give me an opportunity to develop my skills as a public speaker. But also led to my introduction to GLL and current role.
What would your advice to students be?
Whatever pathway you chose remember...A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. Make yourself redundant in each of your roles by sharing your knowledge and inspiring those around you to succeed.
Network - Before you ask anything of anyone, make it a point to help that person first. Don't stop learning...keep an open mind to those around you, learn from them, challenge them and set yourself clear achieve goals.