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Career Options in Sport & Recreation: Graduate

Sport and recreation at university usually amounted to pub golf once a term and the occasional cycle to university (but only when the buses were on strike). Now, as a graduate, there’s a whole range of roles in sport and recreation…

Graduate opportunities in sports & recreation

- Postgraduate study

- Internships

- Graduate roles

With a love for the great outdoors and everything sporty (including the Spice Girl…), your career in sport and recreation can start with postgraduate study. Postgraduate study isn’t necessary for all roles in the sports and recreation sector, but jobs related to sports science, such as a dietician, or some physiology related roles my require you to undertake some postgraduate study. You could undertake an MSc in Sports Science, for example.

Internships are also an option and are perhaps slightly more necessary for roles related the business side of sport and recreation. Remember, if you undertake any internships, the company you work for should pay you the National Minimum Wage (at least).

Alternatively, there’s plenty of graduate roles you could apply for in the sports and recreation sector, and leisure and fitness outlets such as Virgin Active and David Lloyd recruit graduates regularly in personal trainer and management roles, for example.

Will my degree do?

As with many sectors, in order to land a graduate role in sports and recreation, you’ll need to have achieved a 2:1 degree. Depending on the role you undertake, you may need to have a degree in a specific discipline. For example, you’ll have little luck applying for physiotherapist jobs if you have an English Literature degree.

However, if you want to go into the management side of sport and recreation, it’s not entirely necessary to have a degree in a related field. You could, for example, have a degree in history, but utilise your transferable skills, such as organisation, time management, problem solving and written and spoken communication.

Is postgraduate study necessary?

As mentioned, postgraduate study isn’t necessary in the majority of cases. To become a PE teacher, you will need to undertake a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) before passing on all your hallowed skills to kids across the country. Similarly, if you want to go into sports science, an MSc may put you ahead of the competition.

A career in sports and recreation is a varied one – you won’t be stuck at a desk every hour of the day and there’s every opportunity to keep fit and healthy too! 

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