Being an international student, socializing and meeting new people boosted my confidence which made the transition into university life easier.
I am currently working as the assistant head coach at the Barcelona Football academy at one of the 4 existing centers in the city. While in the UK, I gained as much coaching experience as I could in different sports which enhanced my CV and landed me a job at Barca. Initially, I struggled to adapt as it was extremely challenging, but eventually, I found my footing which helped me get a promotion to assistant head coach, 6 months into the job.
My time at Herts taught me a lot which helped craft and mould my career into what it is today. Learning about the intricate details about the different fields in sport, helped me adapt and cope with the demands and to perform at a higher level.
Well, the choice was easy as I read the details about the course before joining and decided that this checks all the boxes for me. Being an international student, I was treated very warmly and communication was swift and easy which made the decision even easier.
I believe it was the practical experience attained during the course through the mandatory coaching hours which needed to be completed. I believe this forced me out of my comfort zone and helped improve my confidence to coach in different sports. Moreover, gaining practical knowledge, propelled me to further gain theoretical experience in different fields of different sports.
It is hard to place a finger on one as there were numerous good memories from my time at Herts, but I believe my best memories are not related to academic life but the social life I experienced. Being an international student, socializing and meeting new people boosted my confidence which made the transition into university life easier. This in turn, helped me to improve my networking skills which helped me land multiple sports-related jobs at the University.
Of course. We still talk on Whatsapp regularly, and we always meet up for a pint when I'm in the UK. The people I met eventually helped me a lot during my time at Herts and even became some of my closest friends.
I would tell myself to take as many opportunities you can. Regardless if it's related to academic or professional life. Students get a lot of opportunities to socialize, network, undertake courses and even undergo new experiences in different aspects. This, I believe, is vital as it can potentially help determine a student's overall success during their time at the University.
Yes, please gain as much work experience as you can as the sports industry is booming and competition for jobs is steadily increasing. The more experience you gain and courses you undertake, the more chances you have of landing that dream job.
I aim to become the Head Coach at the academy and eventually want to move into the management side of the sport at the academy as I want to broaden my horizons in terms of work experience and gain vital experience at a higher level in the management side of the sport.