Tandy Jane Haughey
BA (Hons) Sport and Leisure Studies, PGCE - Physical Eduction & MSc Sport, Exercise and Leisure
Graduated 1994, 1995 & 1996
Lecturer in Coaching and Sports Development
Ulster University; School of Sport
Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
challenging me to think creatively and be innovative in what and how I approached my studies. It directed me into thinking about the wider context of what and how sport could impact lives.
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
I was actively involved in coaching outside of my studies and was developing core skills to assist with my learning journey away from university life.
I also was engaged in summer scheme activities- leader and leader in charge of scheme.
How placement enhanced my employability
I feel the work experience that I engaged with was very applied in practice and ensured I could transfer across my learning into practice. It also developed my confidence and ability to become a leader.
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- First Job - PE teaching. I felt I wasn't being challenged and knew I wanted to be challenged.
- Movement into Sports Development - Castlereagh Borough Council. This was an excellent job which gave me an opportunity to develop my leadership skills and build up organisation links.
- Movement into Coach Training and Development - tutoring skills development and curriculum development. This was a turning point as it gave me the knowledge and skills required for my current position within the University. Partnership was critical to all I have been involved in.
What would your advice to students be?
Be open minded about the challenges you have ahead of you. Be reflective in all that you do - think about the course of study and how this learning can be applied in practice at all levels.
You are only at the start of your learning journey when you are at university so MOST OF ALL ENJOY IT !!!!