Helen Kerr

BSc Sports and Exercise Sciences I'm currently studying for a Masters in Business Development and Innovation
Graduated 2012
Business Development

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

Providing me with a wide range of support to complete my studies, helping me to mature, improve my skills and become ready for work. I gained full-time employment when I graduated as a result of my university placement year. - Helen Kerr

My Journey

  • Career Timeline

    Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability

    My industrial placement in year 3 of my undergraduate degree has led me to where I am today. I worked through final year and was full-time once I graduated. I learned a LOT of skills in that job that has benefitted me in my new job.

    I gained my Level 2 Gym Instructor award and my IFA Level One Football Coach Qualification - both leading me to volunteer coaching and part-time work.

  • Career Timeline

    How placement enhanced my employability

    I worked for a sports development / community development consultancy company where I really gained the skills and experiences I needed to become employed once I finished university. It was a great way to start out my career.

  • Career Timeline

    Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far

    1. My placement year at university led me to a job that really developed my skills and experiences for working in the third sector.
    2. I left that job after 6 years and started working for a charity within the sector. I am now in a job where I am extremely happy, feel valued and have the support to continue developing my career .
    3. I just started studying at Postgraduate level - Masters in Business Development and Innovation. This will really help set me apart from others working in similar roles in the third sector.

What would your advice to students be?

Soak up every opportunity that comes your way. There are no bad opportunities - I've gained some of the best experiences and developed my skills in a job that I wasn't happy in - but it's helped me get to where I am today.

Find a good mentor who genuinely wants to help you be your best. They will boost your confidence, help with your problems and support you on your journey!
- Helen Kerr