BSc (Hons) Sport Studies
Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
Providing me with opportunities during my placement year of university. I was working out in Boston for the year and the placement year allowed me to gain experience working not only coaching football but working on the business aspect of the company too.
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
IFA coaching Centre of Excellence Gaining Level One British Gymnastics UEFA B Placement Year abroad (Boston, MA) Sports Strategic Management
Placement Year abroad (Boston, MA) Sports Strategic Management
How placement enhanced my employability
Working out in the USA is fast paced and very intense. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working in the states and was able to apply the skills I had learnt in the office and practical skills that I had gained to my final year studies.
How study abroad enhanced my employability
Studing aboard allowed me to enhance my time management and communication skills which has in turn improved my confidence levels. It has also allowed me to problem solve in a calm, manageable manner. Networking in the US has helped me invaluably in my current job.
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- Working at STATSports has allowed me to work with some of the biggest brands in the sports world including: US Soccer Federation, Manchester United, Juventus, Carolina Panthers , IRFU and RFU.
- Further study prior to me starting my role at STATSports included me completing MSc Marketing. I completed the MSc a year after completing my BSc which also helped be secure my current job at STATSports. It was a very intense year however certainly paid off!!
What would your advice to students be?
Be patient and be open to change. I certainly didn't think I would be working for a global sports technology company based in Newry when I first started at UU however things do fall into place.
Get as much volunteering experience as possible and network, network, network- we love to talk in N.I so get to know as many people as possible and use your contacts- you maybe surprised where it will take you!