Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
Ulster University ensured that i had the theoretical knowledge but also the practical skills to complete my role. The year's placement allowed me to put my learning into practice and this was essential for my future career.
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
Placement was definitely essential as it allowed you to demonstrate and develop your skills in the actual working environment. This work based learning allows you to stand out from other candidates when you apply for full time employment.
The majority of assignments and activities were team based and this can not be underestimated when you enter employment. Being able to work as part of a team, or leading that team, makes you an essential employee for any organisation.
As a student one of the things you fear the most is your research project but as you enter the working world you realise that conducting and understanding research is a key component of your role and without this evidence based information it is impossible to progress.
Sports marketing and sports development were important modules for the roles that I progressed to in my career. It was important to understand the values and principles surrounding these to ensure they could be utilised for the betterment of the sport.
I was a member of the ladies gaelic football team while studying in Ulster University and this was also very important during my time there as it allowed you to have a real identity and sense of belonging, something which I still very strongly about.
How placement enhanced my employability
As above work placement was a very key component of my time in Ulster University as putting theory into practice is not easy. My placement allowed me to discover possible avenues and areas for future employment and provided direction on where my skills could best be utilised.
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- My most recent significant step has been appointed as National Development Manager for Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA). This is a challenging role as it incorporates so many areas of sports development but one i am relishing the opportunity to be involved in at n exciting time for the sport.
- My first step into sports development was with Dublin GAA as a games promotion officer and you should always use that first step to challenge yourself which I did. It taught be invaluable lessons and developed a real passion for career progression in sports development.
- Prior to my appointment as National Development Manager my role in LGFA was national development officer but we had a very small team yet a vast amount of work to do so it was a very steep learning curve but the best i could have asked for.
What would your advice to students be?
Take every opportunity you get! Every different experience you are involved with will allow you to learn something new and all of these help shape the employee you will become. Organisations want employees that add value and if you have added value yourself you will be box office gold.
Be passionate about your role! There are times when you will get frustrated both in study and at work but if you have real passion and belief for what you are doing you will always strive to be the best you can be. Believe in yourself.