Sport and leisure are vital parts of the economy and society, and offer a wide range of career opportunities...
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
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It can be very helpful to gain related work experience to complement your degree. This may involve, for example, working in the sport and leisure industry as a fitness instructor or in an administrative role. It may also be possible to gain marketing or events management experience, perhaps through university societies or voluntary work.
Work experience and travel opportunities can be combined during the vacation periods by working for organisations such as:
Portfolio working can help you to develop the skills and experience you need to progress and boost your CV. This can be achieved by working in a variety of short-term roles and at sporting events, such as the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, or at smaller, local occasions.
Internships and volunteering are other valuable ways of gaining experience. For example, try youth sport volunteering if you are interested in coaching, or find an opportunity to staff a sports event if you want to pursue a management role.
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Sport and leisure management graduates are also finding opportunities within:
Self-employment is possible, and after gaining experience, some graduates establish sports consultancy businesses or set up sports camps or training centres. One-to-one personal training is a popular option and can provide quite a lucrative and flexible working lifestyle. The downside of this type of arrangement can be financial unpredictability if client numbers decrease unexpectedly.
Sport and leisure management studies offers an excellent grounding in business skills, including:
These are all highly transferable skills and can lead to a management role in any sector.
Although sport and leisure management is a highly vocational course, the fact that you gain an understanding of issues relating to psychology, sociology and social policy means you could move into roles within the public sector. These could include policy planning, community development and social work.
Your course will teach you technical skills, and the practical assignments and placements provide you with hands-on experiences in public, private and voluntary sector environments.
Around 9% of sport and leisure management graduates pursue full-time or part-time further study, with just over half combining part-time study and work.
Some take postgraduate courses in order to specialise in a particular area such as arts and culture or events management. Others may take postgraduate courses to specialise in a vocational area such as teaching.
Many graduates who work within this area also choose to study for the professional qualifications offered by the Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (IMSPA) or those listed by the sector skills councils:
Six months after finishing their course, 15% of sports and leisure graduates work as arts, design, culture or sports professionals.
However, the skills you develop during the course are relevant to a range of possible occupations and previous graduates have found employment in fields as diverse as marketing, sales and IT. Employment is commonly found within the health, education and local government sectors.
|Working and studying||5%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||18.7%|
|Commercial and public management||17.7%|
|Arts, design, culture and sports||14.9%|
|Business and financial||8.1%|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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