If you are have a degree in sport and are wondering about your career options or how to to get your first graduate job, have a look at the following careers information.
You can also visit our Careers Centre or the Careers Room at Walsall (WA), where we hold information on getting into a career in sport. If you'd like to talk anything through, arrange a careers interview.
There is a wide range of careers available in education, health, leisure, sports science, media, local government, civil service, uniformed services, management and sports development, which will utilise your academic skills and experience from a sports related degree. Further professional qualifications may be required for some of these options, while for other options vocational qualifications, personal qualities and experience be more important. However, a degree is increasingly seen by this sector as an advantage for career aspirations, promotion and further progression.
Anyone contemplating entering the sport and leisure industry should go to Skills Active, the sector skills council for the active leisure and learning sector, where there is a wealth of information and tips on entry as well as access to specific sports related careers advice. For some ideas on specific roles using your degree see Prospects Sport and leisure Industry Insight.
Here are examples from the Prospects website of roles graduates with a sports related degree are particularly suitable for:
This is what some of our recent graduates were doing on completion of their course:
Employment can be found with health and fitness clubs including government run sports, fitness and community centres. Professional sports clubs, sports councils, professional sporting bodies offer a variety of roles and there are also opportunities available in sports promotion and sports tourism both in the UK and abroad.
You may also find the typical employers section of the Prospects Industry Insight on sport and leisure useful.
Professional bodies are the societies and associations that promote a profession and the people working within them. Many provide useful information on their website along with regular news updates. Many professional bodies offer individual student membership at a low annual membership.