BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science & MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Graduated 2011& 2012
Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
equipping me with the knowledge and practical skills needed to work in a high performance environment.
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
My one year studentship with the Strength and Conditioning department at the Sports Institute Northern Ireland - invaluable insight into the world of high performance sport.
A one year placement.
How placement enhanced my employability
A scientific knowledge base is important but knowing how to apply that knowledge to produce interventions alongside a multidisciplinary team that will help positively impact performance is a skill that can only be learnt working in the industry. Placement gave me the first insight into this in a supportive environment.
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- My placement with the Sports Institute Northern Ireland gave me the taste for the high performance environment and set me on the path to where I find myself today.
- Work experience with various teams & sports governing bodies - often unpaid but every nugget of experience (whether positive or negative) helps develop my skill base.
- Employment with IRFU (Ulster branch) - first post as a performance nutritionist with a professional team. My career journey is still in the early stages and I am still developing myself as a practitioner.
What would your advice to students be?
Grab every opportunity presented to you, however big or small it may seem, you never know what it will lead to and it is always a useful learning experience.
Always make time to reflect and evaluate your practice - invaluable continued learning/development activity.