Alumni support students entering competitive graduate sports careers

Former students continued to support the future of Edge Hill University by returning to share their career experiences with sports students recently.

This event was set up as a careers talk with a difference, with speakers from a variety of sectors covering the police, education, coaching and prison service. Each graduate gave an overview of their career, with their top tips for graduate employment success and stayed throughout the afternoon to be grilled by students of all years, eager to gain an insight into careers in the sports field.

The theme of the talks often came back to the importance of gaining experience while studying to set students aside from other graduates. One of the speakers, Alex Stokes, who graduated in 2009 and is now an Assistant Development Officer at Sefton Council, said: “I thought that working in sports development would be an ideal career choice and my degree at Edge Hill really helped me to achieve that. My work placement at Sefton Council gave me the opportunity to see how sports development professionals operate and experience the scenarios they face.”

Speaking about his reasons for coming back to share his experiences with current students,  Alex said: “This was something I wanted to do because there’s no doubt that Edge Hill provided me with the knowledge and skills I needed for my career. I felt that if I could share my experiences to help students achieve their goals, then that had to be worthwhile.”

Another of the panellists, Ewan Wells, Community Beat Manager for Ormskirk Police, has offered to further support students looking to enter a career within the police by giving tours of his workplace and mentor advice.  

The event was organised by Senior Lecturer in PE and School Sport, Adam Burrows, who said: “It is great that alumni are willing to maintain links with the University and they are a real inspiration. It is important that our students know that it is never too early to start thinking about life after university.”

If former students would like to take part in a future careers talk or offer work experience or placements to our students in sport, or any other subjects, contact Caroline Mitchell, Affinity Officer on 01695 584861 or email alumni@edgehill.ac.uk.