Choose a different career stage


As gradaute you have many options open to you to further enhance your employabilty.

Explore what options are available to you after university

Explore Postgraduate study with the School of Sport

If you wish to return to education in order to enhance your knowledge we have a range of postgraduate courses

Our postgraduate students also have the opportunity to be part of exciting research work within the Sport & Exercise Research Institute (SESRI).

Explore Jobs currently advertised

Disability Sport NI: Active Recreation Officer (Women in Sport)

Graduate opportunities on Ulster Recruit

PEP: School Liaison Officer at SPORT CHANGES LIFE

PEP: Small Steps Project Support Officer at Volunteer Now

Explore what other School of Sport graduates have gone on to do as a career

The School of Sport Graduate Career profiles will provide you with useful information and inspiration about what your fellow alumni are currently doing as careers throughout the world.

Explore the option of doing a PhD

Please contact Professor Eric Wallace, the Head of the Sport & Exercise Research Institute (SESRI) if you are interested in finding out about PhD opportunities within the School of Sport.

Explore the option of being an Active IQ tutor or assessor

The School of Sport is currently compiling a register of suitable qualified tutors and assessors for the range of Active IQ courses that we deliver.  Anyone wishing apply to the register to be considered for either of these roles (tutors and assessors) should in the first instance send your CV to Dr Rachael Telford

Explore the option of becoming a PE teacher

If you want a career in teaching, Ulster University offers a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Physical Education) which is located on our Coleraine campus.

The application is completed online and normally opens in September, the closing date varies each year so make sure you check any details in order to submit a successful application.

If you wish to apply for a PGCE in England or Wales, you will need to apply through UCAS.

Places for these courses are highly sought after so you need to submit a good application quickly.

Explore British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) recommended career websites

There are many websites that you can use in order to find jobs that are suitable for you, we have listed some below that may be helpful to you. - Deals with jobs in both the exercise and sport domains. Mainly looks at jobs based in USA, however, there are some UK based jobs advertised. -Lists the job opportunities within the NHS, so mainly for those interested in a clinical career. - Caters for all positions and studentships within higher education. Has an easy to use search engine, as well as e-mail updates on job openings, also includes profiles of potential employers. - A website for those wanting to work in the leisure and fitness industry, includes job listings for all the major health clubs and gyms, as well as information on obtaining the correct training to get into the leisure industry. - Focuses mainly on the health and fitness sector, most of the major health clubs and gyms advertise here. - This website provides lots of information on tips for job seeking, postgraduate options and careers open days. - Caters mainly for teachers but there are job listings for those wishing to go into lecturing in further and higher education. - Advertises jobs in elite level sport and has a useful e-mail newsletter for the latest developments in elite sport.

Explore how you could be employed with GymFun

Please contact Sinead Connolly if you are interested in getting a job within the GymFun programme.

Explore Coaching Opportunities with Galaxy Coaching

Galaxy Coaching is a sport and activity coaching company that run after school course in Primary schools across Northern Ireland.

We are looking for Level 1 or equivalent coaches to deliver our coaching programmes mainly in the Belfast/Lisburn and Newry & Mourne areas.

Coaches should have relevant qualifications and also experience in coaching children aged4-11 years.

The programmes include: football, Tag Rugby, Unihoc, Tennis, Basketball, Athletics, Netball, Dodgeball, Gymnastics, Dance and Drama.

Please contact Galaxy Coaching Head Office at or

02890 605605 to request a Coach Application Form.

Explore Coaching Opportunities in America with UK International Soccer

UK International Soccer were established in 1990 and are one of the largest providers of professional soccer coaching in the USA. The opportunities we offer and the logistics of working for us are all detailed for you.

Please also see our latest recruitment flyer and Job Spec to give you some information on working for us. If you would like to go ahead and apply for a position immediately with UK International Soccer please visit our website.

To discuss this please contact

Gary Fowler

NI & RoI Recruitment Manager
077 5172 7483

Explore your next steps after graduation

Your next steps after graduation

You made it. You’ve completed your degree, graduated and breathed a huge sigh of relief. What now? Some of you will be fixed up or travelling on a clear path. Many a graduate though is still weighing up his or her options. The world is your oyster. The question is: which oyster? We hope the guidance and suggestions provided here will help you on your journey.

Take stock of your degree. You’ll have thought of this no doubt. Talked with friends, parents, tutors and got through a lot of coffee.

But now the word employment is not only writ large on your calendar – it’s underlined. Ask yourself again in what direction

could your degree take you?

Some degrees are vocational where you have been training for a specific job role. Many are non-vocational where the degree can lead into many different career areas. As you leave undergraduate life behind you it is useful to know what your options are.

You have a lot of options after you graduate if you’ve not already decided on a path.

Here are some more handy links to explore:

Ever thought about setting up your own business after you graduate?

Having the drive to start out on your own is half the battle but the key question is “Where do I go from here?” To start thinking about starting your own business check out The Ortus Group's guide to what to think about before you start.

Plus look at some case studies of local businesses who have started from nothing: Ortus Case Studies

What is a Social Enterprise?

A social enterprise is a business that trades to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. This might sound like charity work, but social enterprises are businesses. They make and do things that earn money and make profits like any business. It is how they work and what they do with their profits that is different: working to make a bigger difference, reinvesting the profits they make to do more good.

Interested in finding out more about running setting up a business as a social enterprise? The Social Enterprise Hub at Ortus provides free expert guidance on everything from what is a social enterprise, set up, governance, legalities, marketing and finance.

Learn a new skill at City Business Hub

It’s never too early (or late) to learn something new and City Business Hub based in central Belfast gives you the opportunity to explore new areas that can help in your longer term employability.

Start putting your plans into action!


Plan your next career step in sport

Research and make connecting with fellow graduates from the School of Sport and via LinkedIn. Then plan to meet a careers advisor at Ulster University to plan your next step.

Plan which fitness qualifications you would like to do

The School of Sport offers a range of Active IQ courses for you to gain fitness qualifications even after you have graduated. These qualifications are a great opportunity to gain the qualifications necessary to gain employment in the fitness industry. If you need more information please contact Rachael Telford.


Complete a School of Sport graduate profile

As a graduate, your experience and advice are very useful for future and current students studying in the School of Sport.  Please submit a graduate career profile if you would like to help prospective and currents students with their career planning by enabling them to see the stepping stones you took on your journey to career success.

Consider your organisation being represented at the School of Sport Employability Fair

In November 2017 we will be hosting our 3rd annual School of Sport Employabillity Fair. If you are interested in your organisation being involved in this event and the employers' forum which will take place at this event we would love to hear from you. Please contact Rachael Telford for more details.

Complete the NSS and DLHE surveys to help give our School feedback for future developments

If you have recently graduated please ensure to complete both of these surveys when you are contacted.

Plan your career and develop career strategies

Plan your career and develop career strategies

You can access the full range of career development support at Ulster University for up to 3 years after graduation

This includes meeting with a Career Development Consultant at your campus of choice, attending all events and fairs to network with graduate employers, accessing online advice and information and attending our careers master classes in areas such as CV, interviews and LinkedIn.

Each campus has a dedicated Career Development Centre and you can call in Monday to Thursday 9am - 4:30pm and Friday 9am - 3:30pm. You can access advice through online chat, careers advice appointments (including via Skype) , email and telephone.

Centre locations

Jordanstown (13G01), Coleraine (H214), Magee (MF226E), Belfast (library)

We also offer exclusive internships to Ulster Graduates for you to gain graduate level experience and get paid.

Find out about our Alumni mentor programme where successful graduates of the University work with current students and recent graduates who wish to learn about how they developed their career.

Use online graduate career resources to help you understand more about how to get your ideal graduate job:

Job Searching

The best thing is to be proactive. Write to organisations to ask for work experience. (Don’t simply wait for job ads to appear, or wait for emails to arrive in your inbox from the jobsites you’ve registered with.)

Develop Your CV – make sure it is clear and concise and that it highlights your strengths and your experience. Create several versions, tailoring them to different types of organisation, prioritising your experience accordingly so that they are relevant and targeted – and that they feel like they are ‘speaking directly’ to the employer and the employer’s advertised needs. Don’t just say what you’ve done, outline the potential you believe that you can offer. Enliven it with some relevant visuals and links. It’s a good idea to get feedback on your CV, you will get excellent advice from the university careers service support. Maintain and build your contacts, expand your networks and invest time and energy in your relationships. Most opportunities come from people you know or are referred contacts.

Find out more about writing your CV

Your Virtual Self

Your online presence is important: it creates a perception of you and acts as your virtual ambassador. Think of yourself as a brand that secures your identity, personality, capabilities and reputation in the world at large.

Some pointers:

  • Be consistent (so you become instantly recognisable)
  • Know your target audience (who do you want to take notice of you?)
  • Be professional (which doesn’t mean you can’t show a lively personality)
  • Be active and keep your communications up to date
  • Keep it relevant – it’s not a numbers game (it’s better to have a dozen helpful ‘friends’ than a 1000 ‘followers’)

LinkedIn helps you develop your network and research jobs/careers/employers in a recognisable way. Create a strong profile, search for jobs and develop your network through connections and groups available in your preferred professional area.

Preparing for interviews

When it comes to interview, preparation is the key.

Find out more about preparing for interviews and graduate recruitment processes.


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Checklist the School of Sport recommends you complete by this stage in your career

  1. Contributed to the School of Sport Graduate Profiles
  2. Completed the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey when contacted to help the School of Sport receive feedback on potential future course developments.
  3. Completed the National Student Satisfaction Survey (NSS) when contacted to help the School fo Sport receive feedback on potential future course developments.
  4. Reply to any contact from your former course director so that the School of Sport has up to date contact information for you.

Checklist the Career Development Centre recommends you complete by this stage in your career

Check your progress so far

After you have graduated, aim to accomplish the following:

  • I have met with a Career Development Consultant to discuss my career development needs, options and future planning.
  • I have registered as a graduate user of Graduate Recruit to access careers events at Ulster University and graduate job vacancies.
  • I have viewed and applied for Ulster Graduate Internships, paid 3 and 6 month opportunities exclusive for Ulster graduates.
  • I have completed the DHLE survey when contacted by the Career Development Centre to record what I am doing 6 months after graduation
  • I have sent contact details to my course director so that the University has the most up to date contact information for me.
  • I have registered to act as a mentor for current students in the Alumni – Student mentoring programme
  • I have kept an eye out for Career Bootcamps and online support sessions to network with local employers and enhance my career development learning at Ulster University Graduates
  • I have completed the fact finder worksheet if I am pursuing setting up my own business.
  • I have developed my networks and LinkedIn profile to ensure I have the strongest connections to assist in my career development
  • I have learned about graduate recruitment processes, what employers look for and how to be successful in presenting myself to employers.

Which one are you?

Ulster University DLHE Survey

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