Sport and Exercise Science - IBERS

What will I gain from my subject?

As a first step you should look at the programme specification for your subject which will provide insights into the skills and competences developed through your degree programme.  Sport and exercise science combines a study of biomechanics, physiology, psychology and nutrition.  It develops a large number of transferable skills including communication both oral and written, effective problem solving, project management, research along with data analysis, initiative, time management and information technology. 

What can I do with my subject?

With the success of the Rio Olympics public focus on fitness and participation in physical activity has increased.  Alongside the political agenda is the recognition of a move away from the sedentary lifestyle prevalent in the UK to address issues of obesity, diabetes and poor health.  This has created a huge and expanding global industry increasing the demand for physical activity-related and traditional graduate jobs.  Examples of careers taken up include: clinical cardiac physiologist, exercise physiologist, sports dietitian, personal trainer, health promotion specialist, junior sports agent, qualified teacher, local government sport development officer and researcher.  About a third of graduates in this discipline will go on to postgraduate study.

Useful links: 

  • The Prospects website has links on career options with different degrees which is worth exploring.

Where do I start looking for work experience and graduate jobs?

Competition for graduate jobs is intense and this applies as much to sport and exercise science as any other discipline.  The same rules apply: plan your job search early; target specific companies/organisations that interest you; and apply with the same rigor as you would an important assignment.  In short, quality counts over quantity.  Employers dislike spending money on recruitment – it takes time, effort and has to be balanced against a risk in appointment.  With that in mind, remember over 60% of science-related jobs are never advertised – one reason why employers recruit via short/long internships is to lower the cost and risk of appointing the wrong candidate.  You could start by looking at the large number of internships advertised on Linkedin at the following link https://www.linkedin/Internships

In a recent report published by Highfliers in 2016 nearly 32% of vacancies were filled by candidates who had undertaken a work placement/internship with that company.  Candidates with little or no relevant work experience were ‘unlikely to be successful.’ 

In sport, poor planning and training leads to poor performance.  If you are unsure of your next step use the drop-in facility of the Careers Service. 

By taking a proactive step toward securing work experience you will significantly improve your chances of gaining that all-important graduate job.

The links below will be useful to you when looking for work experience and graduate jobs.

Below is a selection of popular websites relevant for finding a range of jobs and opportunities including placements, graduate roles and internships.

Useful Careers Websites

  • www.bases.org.uk
    Lists jobs in sport and exercise sciences.
  • www.careers-in-sport.co.ukThe Careers in Sport guide provides an in-depth analysis of the different career options available in the world of sport. Having interviewed people from all different facets of the sports industry to increase your understanding of the opportunities available, providing helpful advice on the qualifications and experience required for a career in sport.              
  • www.futuremorph.orgThis website from the Science Council is designed to show just some of the places that studying science, technology, engineering and maths can take you.
  • www.careerjet.co.uk
    Careerjet is an employment search engine for the UK. It allows you to search a growing selection of jobs listed on company sites as well as jobsites in one go saving you the trouble of having to go to each site individually.
  • www.exercisecareers.com  
    Deals with jobs in both the exercise and sport domains. Mainly looks at jobs based in USA, however, there are some UK based jobs advertised.
  • www.healthjobsuk.com
    Lists the job opportunities within the NHS, so mainly for those interested in a clinical career.
  • www.jobs.ac.uk
    Caters for all positions and studentships within higher education. Has an easy to use search engine, as well as e-mail updates on job openings. Also includes profiles of potential employers.
  • www.jobhopnow.co.uk
    Job Hop Now is an UK job site with jobs in UK from job boards, recruiters and employers. Instead of going to many different sources and missing out the closing soon jobs, users can save time by going to the website and viewing all jobs from different sources.
  • www.leisurejobs.com
    A website for those wanting to work in the leisure and fitness industry. Includes job listing for all the major health clubs and gyms, as well as information on obtaining the correct training to get into the leisure industry.
  • www.leisureopportunities.co.uk
    Recruitment website for people looking for jobs in the leisure industry; including health and fitness, sport and spa.
  • www.leisurevacancies.co.uk
    Look for jobs and careers advice spanning the leisure, fitness and wellbeing industry with our dedicated website and job search. With partners including leading gym chains, spas and hotels, provides you with access to their latest vacancies and positions.
  • www.lifecoach-directory.org.ukThe purpose of the site is ultimately to provide the UK with a huge life coach support network, enabling individuals to find a life coach close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will help those seeking a new direction in their life to find the encouragement they need. Every life coach on the site who has a full profile has either sent a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover, or is registered with a professional body with recognised codes of ethics and practice, ensuring their professionalism.
  • www.prospects.co.uk or www.prospects.ac.uk
    This website provides lots of information on tips for job seeking, postgraduate options and careers open days.
  • www.sportengland.org
    Advertises jobs in sport.
  • www.afpe.org.uk
    The Association for Physical Education.
  • www.teachpe.com
    A website for those interested in teaching. Includes a UK job search for teaching positions.
  • www.tes.co.uk
    Caters mainly for teachers but there are job listings for those wishing to go into lecturing in further and higher education.
  • www.uksport.gov.uk
    Advertises jobs in elite level sport and has a useful e-mail newsletter for the latest developments in elite sport.  
  • http://www.speedupcareer.com
    Speed Up Career - Information on career options, personality development, tips on work & job related issues.
  • www.grb.uk.com/ 
    Graduate Recruitment Bureau, a leading graduate recruitment consultancy in the UK.  The website features work experience, internships and graduate job opportunities.
  • Careersinfootball.com
    Lists over 50 different careers available in football. 
  • Trovit
    Trovit provides a full and complete list of job ads published in thousands of classified websites which allows users to save time and effort during their search for Jobs by showing the most interesting and relevant job offers in one page. Its a leading search engine in Europe and Latin America and currently operating in 43 countries.
  • http://www.pure-jobs.com is a job board for searching local and international jobs and internships with over 100,000 job descriptions.
  • http://www.agencycentral.co.uk or http://www.agencycentral.co.uk/agencysearch/sport/agencysearch.htm
    "Specialist directory of UK recruitment agencies also offering salary data, career advice and job-hunting tips."
  • Inspiring Interns
    Inspiring Interns is a graduate recruitment agency, connecting graduates to the best employers UK-wide. Check out the sports section of their job listings for graduate jobs and internships across Sports and Fitness, with a focus on sports marketing and operations.
  • https://www.graduate-jobs.com/internships/
    Internships and work placements with graduate-jobs.com are a great way to gain relevant work experience and skills. Lists entry level management roles across a wide range of sectors including sports and recreation, banking and marketing in London.

Professional bodies and associations

These organisations promote the interests of people working in particular professions. Some have listings of employers who are members of the association and may advertise jobs while others may be a useful source of information when researching employers for applications or considering a speculative application.

Please note this is not a definitive list of resources; if you find something that you think might interest others, we would like to hear from you. Please e-mail careers@aber.ac.uk.

What do Aber graduates do?

Each year Aberystwyth University conducts a survey required by the UK government of graduate destinations in order to find out what they are doing.  Below are examples of roles our Sport and Exercise Science graduates have moved into:

  • Assistant Teacher
  • Gym Instructor
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Self Employed Personal Trainer
  • Self Employed Swimming Teacher
  • Sports Centre Marketing and Engagement Project Officer
  • Strength and Conditioning Intern

What help is available?

The Careers Service is here to help you.  IBERS has a dedicated, professional Careers Consultant to promote employability.  Their role is to offer impartial advice and guidance on the transition to graduate employment, or postgraduate study.  James Cuffe is the Careers Consultant for IBERS.  Students can access help by telephoning 01970 622378 or email careers@aber.ac.uk  The service is available before and after graduation - it is FREE.  Students who are unsure of their next step, or those with a clear direction of a career are welcome to use the service.  It has a wealth of information to aid you in your career development.