“I chose the BA (Hons) Physical Education course with Outdoor Education modules because of my love of PE when I was at school. My experiences of outdoor activities whilst at college helped me in my decision about what type of degree to study and the pathway I would take. I also felt that the degree would help me keep my options open as I was unsure of the kind of career I wanted.
This degree has been invaluable in giving me the skills and experiences to go out into industry and work with young people within primary and secondary schools. I particularly like when I can apply the theoretical knowledge gained from my degree programme and apply it to real life settings. I currently work for a number of different organisations that go into schools, communities and businesses to deliver inclusive physical activities, lifelong skills, and health and well-being programmes.
What I enjoy most about my role is that I can go home at the end of the day feeling proud that I have helped others gain not only essential life skills like leadership and working with others but am encouraging them into lifelong activity. The other advantage of my job is that I am constantly learning, which I enjoy.
My love of learning is now being put to good use through my enrolment on a Masters by Research degree. I study this full time alongside my work. My area of study is one I am passionate about because of my own experiences and background. I am studying how South Asian communities engage with natural green spaces as developing understandings in this area will be of benefit to a community I am part of.
I’d say that my greatest achievement to date is that I am the first male in my family to gain a degree – which was a first class honours degree. This is particularly special as I never thought this possible when I was at school. Leeds Beckett gave me this opportunity and I am pleased that I am continuing my relationship with the University by undertaking further studies here.”