Studying Sports Coaching and Performance gave Michael the opportunity to study his passion and work with like-minded people all pursuing the same goals
The BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching and Performance graduate Michael Walker is a past pupil of Arklow CBS and was an undergraduate student at WIT between 2013 and 2018.
Why did you choose your course/ to study at WIT/ study in Waterford?
I chose the Sports Coaching and Performance course in WIT because of the opportunity to study the art of coaching from every possible angle. It was a fantastic course which allowed me to develop a universal coaching style and philosophy. The third year internship was such a unique and amazing experience which allowed me to experience the real world of professional coaching while working for Sheffield United
What was your experience?
The four years in WIT were the best four years of my life. I made amazing new friendships and had amazing experiences. The lecturers inspired me and gave everything they had to help and guide me on my journey. Through this course I found my confidence increased and multiple new opportunities presented themselves due to my application of the skills I had learned.
Can you recall your feeling when finding out you were offered a place in WIT
I was extremely excited as I was going to have the chance to study my passion and work with like-minded people all pursuing the same goals.
What advice would you give to students considering your course?
Make sure it is for you. Before entering the course I would try to get as much coaching experience as possible and make sure that the life is for you. When you are in the course take in everything that the lecturers say and put yourself forward for everything. It may be scary initially but in the long run you will thank yourself.
If your course included a work placement, what was it like and how has it been of benefit?
My work placement with Sheffield United was the greatest coaching and life experience I have ever undertaken. The experience forced me to grow up and to really zero in on where I wanted to go in life. It really affirmed with me that I had made the right choice and that this is where I wanted to be.
What are you doing now?
I am currently pursuing a masters degree in Performance Analysis in IT Carlow.
How has your studies at WIT helped you to get where you are today?
My studies in WIT were essential in preparing me for the real world. It gave me an understanding of how to behave and prepare for professional coaching situations and interviews. My work placement gave me the practical experience to pursue my current masters degree.