A Master's student has taken passions for blogging, sport and nutrition to secure an amazing opportunity with a leading online sports supplements company.
After successfully completing her Sports Marketing and Business Management degree at UCLan, Sarah Harradine has accepted an offer to work for the US version of the Myprotein website.
Sarah studied fashion marketing at undergraduate level, but her desire to work in sport and stand out from the crowd led her onto our programme.
She commented: "A Master's is more relaxed than an undergraduate degree and you're given a lot more responsibility to manage your own workload.
"Some parts I found very difficult - I never imagined I'd be writing about politics in the Sports Business module - but doing lots of reading and also talking a lot to tutors, who become more like your friends due to the small class size, make it easier and you learn a lot."
Sarah also worked part-time for Nike whilst studying for her Master's, and took advantage of a number of opportunities within the brand such as the Run Club, track sessions and 10K races. This tested Sarah in a number of ways, particularly her time management skills, but she came through with flying colours.
During the course of her studies Sarah gained additional experience, managing social media, content creation and working on SEO for two small brands, whilst also developing her own blog. This allowed her to hone her skills in a real-world environment and significantly enhance her CV.
Sarah said these additional experiences were invaluable when it came to taking her first step onto the career ladder.
"My advice to anyone doing a degree at UCLan would be to work hard at your studies, but also have other interests that make you stand out from the crowd," said Sarah.
"This year I ran a marathon, so that gave me a lot to talk about when I was asked about achievements.
"Try and meet as many people as you can - if you don't know where to start the lecturers are all incredibly well-connected, especially in the sports world, so ask them to think of relevant contacts who may be useful to you in the future."