Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
helping me to develop my critical thinking skills in sports development. Ulster enabled me to challenge and push myself academically . I was able to extend my knowledge at Ulster which enabled me to get my current job and fulfil my potential.
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
During my time at Ulster I was involved in a number of opportunities outside my course . This included delivering the Sport for Life programme in schools in Belfast, which was beneficial to me as I was able to teach/coach in an urban setting.
Doing a placement was crucial to developing my skill set in sports development and coaching work.
I also was actively involved with the Ulster University Jordanstown GAA club as club secretary which helped me improve my administration skills which I use every day in my current role .
How placement enhanced my employability
My placement was split between St Joseph's College in Enniskillen as a P.E. assistant and as a schools coach for Fermanagh GAA. In both places I benefited from the great knowledge and experience of colleagues and was able to get hands on experience.
How study abroad enhanced my employability
During my summer holidays while at Ulster I worked and travelled in the United States . I wanted to work in a different culture to challenge my skill set . I felt this improved my abilities as a sports industry professional.
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- My major step has been my current role with New York GAA coming from a rural background in county Fermanagh where I was very much family centred to moving to New York alone has been a challenge .
- Being awarded the JP McManus scholarship award from my time at South West College in Fermanagh gave me a massive boast and confidence in my ability which has resulted in me continuing to improve and develop .
- Having huge responsibility to organise, implement and review a games programme for New York Hurling/Camogie. This has included developing new leagues and tournaments as well as a coach education programme, schools programme, academy squad programme and organising the first ever underage Hurling team from New York to go and compete.
What would your advice to students be?
Do not be afraid to push and challenge yourself. Long term it will improve how employable you are.
Find a job that you enjoy and are passionate about . This makes you more motivated and gives you more of an opportunity to be successful. What's the point in doing something you do not enjoy?