Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
challenging me to grow on a professional and personal level. Ulster University enabled me to gain key communication and research skills which has been beneficial in my past employment and current postgraduate research role.
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
Ulster Sports Outreach provided me with the opportunity to work with children and young people while providing me with an opportunity to develop my personal and professional development in areas of coaching, teaching, mentoring, leadersgip, sports for development and event management.
I was involved in the Sport for LIFE programme through Ulster Sports Outeeach. This provided me with the opportunity to tutor students to deliver the programme in primary schools as well as providing me with invaluable experience working as part of the research team by collecting and inputting data.
Through the School of Sport and Ulster Sports Outreach, I took part as a mentor in a Youth Sport Trust Programme which allowed me to work on my leadership and communication skills which has been benefical in my employment within the field of Sports Development.
My undergraduate placement with Ulster Sports Outreach, opened my eyes to the different positions in the Sports Sector. While on placement I was responsible for the development, co-ordination and delivert of interventions and students deployed to local schools. My role required me to become adaptable and efficient.
While at Ulster, I joined the Ulster University Basketball club and continue to volunteer with the club. Over the years I have held several positions, Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Social Media Officer. This provided me with an opportunity to work on my own initiative and cohesively with teammates.
How placement enhanced my employability
As part of Ulster Sports Outreach and an internship with the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Association, I learnt the importance of networking and working collobratively with different organisations, learning to prioritise and how to effectively communicate. Furthermore both placement experiences boosted my confidence.
How study abroad enhanced my employability
I attended a 3 week Erasmus with the Innovation Academy in UCD, this provided me with the opportunity to work with different cultures on a innovative and creative business presentation. I managed a Northern Ireland Universities basketball team at the Home Nations Tournament which boosted event and time management skills.
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- Coming out of my masters, I was not accepted for a scholarship on a PhD programme with Ulster University. This disappointment spurred me to become more confident in my own ability and I went on to receive a funded PhD programme at Queen's University.
- While working as a Sports Development Assistant with the Ards and North Down Borough Council, I was responsible for preparing committee reports and involved in the councils Sports Forum grant scheme. Furthermore this provided me with a breadth of experience which has been benefical.
- Being awarded the Ulster Business School Sports Academy Ambassador Award for achieving the highest mark within my masters programme, provided me with more confidence and a want to work harder to achieve my future goals.
What would your advice to students be?
We can learn something new everyday.
It's ok to have setbacks, because we learn from these experiences.