3. Work experience & Employability

Transferring your degree skills into the working environment

Any graduate possesses skills that are transferable to a variety of fields, including the sports industry. Being a recent graduate, employers will not expect you to possess vast practical knowledge – although internships during your degree are always a good idea. However, you are already equipped with important skills which can be transferred into your next job. Employers in any business value candidates that will fit into their organisations, are sharp, well presented, that can work well under pressure, and are able to think critically and analytically.

Ability to communicate

During your years at University your ability to communicate was always put to a test. You were asked to read extensively, draw conclusions and effectively communicate your findings through written reports and oral presentations. This recurring practice allowed you to enhance your communications skills by constantly being challenged to express your ideas.

Interpersonal skills

Your ability to engage people both inside and outside the classroom has helped develop your interpersonal skills. Group projects, presentations, team sports or any other form of campus activity has strengthened your leadership, delegation and teamwork aptitude. Your proficiency in working cooperatively with other individuals is crucial to your success in the workplace.

Adaptability to change

Employers are seeking candidates who can be flexible enough to adapt well to change, whether it be to deal with a difficult situation or taking on additional tasks which were not always your responsibility. During your degree, you were often faced with challenges which required you to be flexible to change. It may have been trying to balance your academic and personal life, or simply adapting to your course load. Whatever the situation or catalyst, you were often faced with adversity and learned to deal with it by exercising adaptability.

Critical and analytical thinking

During your degree you have learned to analyse and synthesize complex information, as well as evaluate a situation from a variety of points of view. Class discussions, research paper and exams required you to memorize, retain and process information, whilst applying critical thought to your analysis. The development of your critical and analytical thinking permits you to manage and solve problems in any environment: you recognize important information, evaluate potential solutions, decide on an appropriate course of action and evaluate the outcome.

Multi-tasking, Time management, Punctuality

These are often overlooked and sometimes considered to be less of an asset than your prowess in any of the above listed; however, they are just as important. Your ability to manoeuvre several assignment simultaneously and time manage your own projects to ensure timely deliveries is a skill most praised in the work environment.

Preparation for your working life starts before University. University is when you start to fine tune these skills and your thoughts on what happens next. It should not be taken for granted and should not be crammed into the last semester of your degree. It is important that you start to think about what career paths you want to explore as earliest as possible. The competition for work opportunities in any field will undoubtedly become fiercer and the more practical experience that you can bring along with your degree skills will stand you in the best position for the future.