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Stephen Shannon

BSc (Hons) Sport: Theory and Practice and PhD in Physical Activity and Well-being.
Graduated 2014
PhD Student and part-time lecturer
Ulster University

Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...

providing timely support, critical feedback and encouragement. - Stephen Shannon

My Journey

  • Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability

    Throughout each year of my studies I had to overcome what I see now as very worthwhile challenges. The course had a series of writing assignments, group-based presentations and practical assessments.


    The lecturing staff continually provided constructive feedback and encouraged independent learning on each task, and as such, I felt the process was able to help me develop my skills and critical thinking.


  • How placement enhanced my employability

    I believe that my placement year was able to give me added value as it helped me to develop professional competencies that are perhaps beyond the scope of lectures and seminars during a general week at University.

  • Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far

    1. Having a poor GCSE profile resulting in myself leaving school at sixteen to become an apprentice joiner. While it was a steep learning curve at the time, it really forced me to consider what career I wanted to follow for the future.
    2. I remember failing my first assignment in my first year of studying at Ulster, which I considered a setback. Following this I immediately sought feedback and advice off the module coordinator. This was invaluable as I was able to develop critical thinking skills through what was constructive and necessary feedback.
    3. When I did achieve good results throughout my degree this motivated me to continue to put the work in and be strategic about my learning. I enjoyed overcoming challenges as it helped me set my goals higher on each occasion.

What would your advice to students be?

Seek help and advice from your lecturers and support staff as they have the necessary experience to help guide you to good practice.

Don't be afraid of setbacks, they happen. But do act upon them and take the necessary steps to overcome the challenges presented.
- Stephen Shannon