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Dan Janowski

Graduated 2014

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How did university prepare you for your career?

Well, it isn't handed to you on a plate, so just your degree alone will not guarantee you employment. However, it will present you with various opportunities to volunteer within your chosen industry, working with industry professionals at the highest levels and allow you to research and understand the theories and underpinning knowledge to give you the solid foundations of an accomplished sports coach.

This course is for you if you want to challenge yourself, if you want to learn from some of the best professionals in the industry and, most importantly, if you want to make yourself employable on completion of your degree. Sports coaching is about educating and inspiring others.

What's your favourite Solent memory?

On our first day, we were asked a very simple question. "Who is here to graduate with a first class degree?" I thought, 'absolutely no chance, not me. But what the heck.' I stuck my hand up anyway; only two of us in the entire class did. Needless to say, we both graduated with a first. Self prophecy perhaps, or just hard work?

In one sentence, what is sport coaching?

The capacity to inspire and educate anyone through the medium of sport.

Tell us a little about your career story so far

I started my company - Active8 Minds - in 2014, on a budget of £5,000 with my neighbour (a former IBM employee). We essentially offer sports education and childcare for children aged 3-16 throughout Hampshire and the surrounding areas. We see on average 2,000 children every week, have nine full-time employees and 14 part-time members of staff. Our current turnover is in excess of £350,000, showing a healthy profit, and we are on target to hit £500,000 turnover by 2019.

Tell us about what you're doing now and what it involves – a typical working day

My current role as the company director varies from the day-to-day running of the business, staff salaries and finances, marketing, sales, business development, and HR (something I had no experience in at all).

What’s your career highlight so far?

I do not have a particular highlight, as there a many small ones. Being able to to provide a good life for my family is very important to me, as is providing an exceptional service to children and schools throughout Hampshire.

What tips would you give to someone wanting a career in your industry?

Don't give up when the going gets tough. Attend every seminar, practical and lab session. Volunteer and help out as much as you can. And, just as important, look smart, be smart.