Here’s part two of our new ‘Ones to Watch’ series, in conjunction with the University of Cumbria’s Alumni team. We think all University of Cumbria graduates are amazing, and are proud of each and every one of you. Occasionally we get to hear about certain individuals who are already making a huge impact, despite only graduating recently. Those who have really applied themselves whilst still a student; taken advantage of every opportunity and worked exceptionally hard to get where they want to be.
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy
Scott’s tutor Dr Katie Small contacted the alumni office to tell us how proud she was of Scott after he secured an internship with Real Madrid Football Club (one of the best football clubs in the world!) working for their TV channel as a Sports Reporter and Presenter.
Scott has been so ambitious throughout his studies and placements and worked so hard to secure this opportunity for himself, whilst also setting up his own clothing company! We have absolutely no doubt that Scott’s competitive and determined nature will get him far. We will be following your career with interest, Scott!
Course: BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Therapy
Campus: Fusehill Street, Carlisle
Graduation year: 2014
Hometown: Shrewsbury in Shropshire
Current job: Sports Journalist and Television Presenter for Real Madrid CF.
I also single handedly set up and run a small clothes company called Ropa de Calle Clothing. The idea came about in September 2012 and after creating a business plan and sourcing funding etc, I took the business live in March 2013.
I wanted to boost my CV in as many fields as I could and also my interest in current trends and fashion. I did all the designs myself, approached many manufacturers and other professionals within the fashion field myself, set up and run all social media sites myself along with the popular online store. The store can be found at www.ropadecalle.bigcartel.com and on both Facebook and Twitter.
What made you choose the University of Cumbria?
The proximity of family and knowledge of the local area.
Why did you choose your particular course?
Always been interested in sport and healthcare, however the main point was my father is a physiotherapist who helped me with the decision.
What did you like most about your course?
The vast variety of topics within the course and the friends I made along the way.
What was your favourite experience at university?
Playing for the University Rugby League team, great set of lads.
Do you have any particular memorable/funny stories to share?
None that are suitable for the readers… Ha.
How did coming to university change your life?
University really gave me the confidence boost to go for things in life. Improved my social and work skills, which have helped me going forward in my career in which confidence, writing style and technique are key.
What were your career ambitions when you started studying and do you think that you have achieved them?
Originally I wanted to go into the health side of sport and by gaining my degree, yes, I did achieve that. However, being made aware of other areas of sport throughout my time at university, my goals changed and I feel I really have met my goals by gaining this position.
Would you be where you are today, without your degree?
Not at all. It was key to have a degree for the position I currently have. It was even more beneficial that I have a sports degree with a 2:1 level.
What are your current career ambitions now and in the long-term?
I wish to continue in my current job, gaining more on and off screen experience, increasing my show reel and improving my current level of Spanish. Within this time, I hope to meet more people who could offer me further opportunities within in sports media field.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of attaining this position off my own back after working hard to meet the right people and sell myself well. I am also equally as proud of getting the necessary 2:1 grade in my degree and starting my own clothing business completely on my own.
How did you stay motivated to pursue your dream when studying hard and enjoying the university lifestyle?
Competition with friends and desire to meet personal goals. I am a very competitive person, as were my friends, so the healthy competition saw me through.
What advice would you give to today’s freshers and prospective students about making the most of their time at university?
It’s key to make the most of all your time at university. Make sure you have the best possible time socially, but remember to keep an eye on your studies.