Sport and Exercise Science
Student PE teacher
Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
Providing me with the necessary skills and qualities required in the workplace. Alongside this, my course involved practical experiences which helped shape my future career.
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
Placement - Friends' School Lisburn.I spent the year in Friends School giving me an experience of PE teaching. This involved a practical exposure to teaching, extra curricular sport and a chance to develop my connections with teachers.
Sport for Life Programme.I volunteered in Lisburn Central Primary School for 12 weeks during my placement year. I worked with a p5 class and this provided me with further practical teaching experience, centred around the importance of physical activity and health.
How placement enhanced my employability
I developed my key skills and qualities. Namely team working skills, interpersonal skills and time management skills.
How study abroad enhanced my employability
During the academic year 2017-2018 I volunteered in Laurelhill Community college and this experience was crucial to my development. I had previously only experienced grammar education but the secondary experience broadened my perspective on PE teaching.
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- Gaining a place at university after school.
- Gaining a good classification at university which opened up career opportunities. This was achieved through dedication and commitment.
- Gaining a place on the Ulster University PGCE. This is a competitive course and was attained through developing my teaching competence and exposure through various experiences.
What would your advice to students be?
Work hard in 1st and 2nd year. These are the fundamental building blocks to a good classification. I could have worked harder during these years but would recommend currentprospective students to place an emphasis on prioritising work.
Get involved. Expose yourself to as many experiences as possible - volunteer, coach, observe and assist. These all develop your experience and without these I wouldn't be where I am today.