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My job explained: Sports teaching fellow

dr samuel vine sports and exercise psychologyA lecturer in Sports and Exercise Psychology, Dr. Samuel Vine needs to keep his mind as fit as his body. Read on to find out more.

Could you describe your job?

I am a Teaching Fellow at the University of Exeter. My job includes delivering lectures and seminars and running scientific experiments.

What's a typical working day like?

A typical day includes planning and running experiments in the laboratory and writing articles for publication. I also prepare teaching content, mark exams and coursework and deliver lectures.

What's the best bit about your job?

The flexible working hours.

What's the most difficult thing about your job?

Marking long essays!

What qualifications and training do you have?

I have a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science. I then completed a PhD in Performance Psychology and I'm also an Associate of the Higher Education Academy.

What other skills do you need?

Good interpersonal and communication skills to teach and interact with students. You also need strong motivation, so you can work unattended and drive your own career forward. 

Is it difficult to get your first job?

It is difficult but not impossible. You need a PhD and a strong CV including publications and prior teaching experience.

Why did you choose to teach?

To work with bright young people and get long summer holidays! 

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to get into sports teaching?

Choose to teach and research in an area that truly interests you.

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