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Laura Watson

BA (Hons) Physical Education
Graduated 2021

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What was the best thing about your course lecturers?

Course lecturers are fantastic and were the reason I was able to achieve my full potential. They were extremely approachable and always offered their full support and additional help when required. I was inspired by their knowledge and level of research, which allowed me to excel when writing my assignments, especially my dissertation, which required specialist knowledge from my mentor.

What did you like best about studying in Southampton?

It was really easy to study in Southampton as we were always near our lecturers who could provide extra support. Studying in a city-centre campus, it was always enjoyable to go on the high street to get some lunch with my friends before attending our next lecture in the afternoon. There was a great balance of socialising and studying during my time at Solent, which I believe is essential in being a successful student.

Can you talk a bit about any opportunities you had to get practical experience?

There was a huge variety of NGB coaching courses available through Solent during my studies, which allowed me to improve my teaching practice and develop my knowledge of different sports, especially sports which I was not as confident in. Alongside this, I was able to visit local schools to complete placements where I was given the opportunity to teach children at primary level of education.

The facilities at Solent are beyond expectations. It was fantastic to have a brand new, large multi-purpose sports hall to complete our practical lessons in.

Did the University give you any career support or advice?

Yes, I had substantial careers advice from the university when I was looking into teacher training. I took part in mock interviews and had additional advice from my course lecturers. This experience was really helpful as I felt more prepared when it came to attending different interviews and speaking to different schools.

What’s your career highlight so far?

My career highlight so far is introducing gymnastics, dance and trampolining as extracurricular clubs in my school and taking students to competitions against other local schools. We have currently come first and third in gymnastics and trampolining competitions, which is amazing considering the students have never had these clubs before! I have been extremely proud to give these students the opportunity to take part in and compete in more creative sports.

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

I would advise that anyone wanting to enter the teaching profession should gain as much experience as possible through volunteering at local primary and secondary schools to gain a good understanding of the sector. Being involved in placements at university really allowed my confidence and resilience to grow which developed my teacher qualities I possess today.