Lewis Parker – Wellbeing and Physical Activity Adviser (NTU Sport)
Lewis is currently on the NTU Graduate Development Programme (GDP) working for NTU Sport. He is hoping that his time here will give him a base from which he can launch his future career.
Whilst completing my undergraduate and Masters degree in Coaching and Exercise Science and Sport Science, I also completed an internship with a professional football club in performance analysis. I had my heart set on becoming a Performance Analyst, however paid opportunities in this field are few and far between, and I left university not knowing what I wanted to pursue next.
Luckily, in my search for what I could do, I came across the GDP at NTU. Not only did this provide me the opportunity to stay in Nottingham, but it also allowed me to gain experience in a completely different area of sport and exercise. Making the switch from a student to a staff member was strange at first, however I quickly settled in with the help and support from NTU. I was immediately given the opportunity to make an impact in the University by being allowed to pursue my own ideas. For example, I was planning, promoting, and holding health and wellbeing events to benefit both students and staff, something which was completely new to me. Additionally, I’m also involved with exciting projects that are key to the University, such as the launch of the new NTU Move app which hopes to transform how students and staff exercise.
From the start of the Programme I was encouraged and trusted to drive my own development and to make the most of every opportunity given to me. This has allowed me to gain valuable skills, have new experiences and ultimately become far more employable than I was as a student leaving university. I’ve always wanted to work in an environment where I face challenges daily and where I’m often out of my comfort zone. NTU provides me with just that.
I’d encourage any NTU student to jump at the chance to be on the GDP as opportunities like this don’t come around too often. The Programme is exactly what you make of it and gives you the chance to specialise in areas that you’re genuinely interested in, whilst getting paid for it.