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Megan Saxton

Career Path: Outdoor Education Trainee Instructor, Gibside National Trust
Location: Gateshead, UK

I chose to do Sport Science at university because I have always loved playing sport and I wanted to find out more about the science and processes involved. I went travelling after graduating and became more passionate about the environment and climate change due to the effects of plastic pollution I witnessed, and the other issues facing our planet. This led to my current volunteer position in the National Trust to educate children through nature and help others to appreciate and help to protect the world around us.

What are you doing now?Megan Saxton

I completing a 12 month volunteer position at Gibside National Trust property, near Gateshead. I am an Outdoor Education Trainee Instructor.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I love the atmosphere of Northumbria, I just felt like I slotted in and felt at home. There is a community feel and everyone supports each other.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I had a variety of lectures, practicals, seminars and guest lectures. It was all applied so we got to test out theories from lectures in the seminars, which was very good for learning. Staff on the course are unbelievably helpful and I enjoyed how session locations were all very close to each other

How connected was your course with industry?

I had to complete a 70 hour placement on the course, and we had a number of guest lectures from a variety of companies.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

The placement was very beneficial to having an insight into what a job in this industry could be like, and it helped me to determine if it was a career I wanted to go in to. It gave me experiences to reference in my studies and future job interviews too.

What was the best thing about your course?

It was lots of fun coaching practicals to learn different techniques amongst friends. The staff were also always available to help when needed.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Northumbria has a good reputation for sport so this is a bonus on my CV for future employers.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Time management, communication in presentations to large groups and teamwork from group projects.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Playing sport, supportive network, social activities and living in Newcastle.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

If you feel like you belong there on an open day, it is the right place for you!!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Fun, welcoming, supported

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