Name: Charlene Sharp
Tell us about the course you’re studying and how it fits with your career aspirations?
I am studying the BA (Hons) Sport Management degree. I thought I had an idea of what I wanted to do after the degree but since starting the degree I have been able to work across many different area’s that I keep changing my mind. However, whatever I do – it will include events, sport, media and business.
What were your main reasons for choosing this course?
I have an interest in Sport, Business, Entrepreneurship and a working background in events. I felt that this course was the natural fit for what I am interested in and I wanted to gain a better understanding in those area’s. Also, the fact that the course is in partnership with Derby County Football Club (which I am a fan), it felt full circle within my education journey as many years ago (late 90’s). I studied Sport Science with the club (a 2 year course which was then in conjunction with Loughborough College).
Why did you choose to study the course at Derby?
I am from Derby and it was by chance I came across the course. I went to an open day and met with one of the lecturers from the course who was very supportive, encouraging and went through what the course entailed at great detail. I had been out of a studying environment for over 10 years and had many doubts about going back to study, but it’s been the best decision I have made. I also have a new appreciation for my home town - there really is a wealth of opportunity out there and I have been fortunate to take up a number of these opportunities and have/ am working with a number of great people/organisations locally.
How do your lecturers inspire you?
They are supportive and try to help where they can. The lecturers on the Sport Management degree are all very different and bring a different teaching style which makes each module interesting. The content that they deliver is relevant, diverse and well structured. I have also found lecturers who don’t directly teach me to be helpful.
Tell us about your modules; what makes them interesting and which are your favourite?
I actually enjoy all my modules. At times the workload can be intense but it’s all a part of the degree. I’d say the module’s in the second year have been my favourite. Currently, I am developing a business idea, that I hope to make a reality. This is within the ‘Sport Business Development and Entrepreneurship’ module and whilst maths is not my strongest skills, we did a module on ‘Applied Sport Business Management’ which I have found all the work on financial statements/budgets/accountancy really challenging but useful.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?
Go for it! Due to the course I have been able to be involved and/or apply to take part in a number of opportunities relevant to the course/developing my career, such as an internship with Ramathon as their Development Officer, I volunteered at the Jenson Button Triathlon by HUUB Events and this year I will be working at the Central Health 10k with Sporting Futures and at the Special Olympics in Sheffield.
I am also working with a group of people who went on the International Antarctic Expedition with Robert Swan, OBE to deliver the ‘Peak Leadership 2041’ programme on leadership, climate change, sustainability and renewable energy in the Peak District later this year. This is as well as working for Derby County on match days for Rams TV.
You really do have to put the work in, but it’s worth it when you do. I definitely recommend this course to anyone who enjoys sport, business, entrepreneurship and events.