EmPLAYability Month: Marcus, Vice President of Sport
As part of our EmPLAYability campaign, we are sharing stories from UoP Alumni who were also members of Team UoP during their studies. These stories are focussed around their careers after university and the benefits of playing sport at university.
Marcus is UoP alumni and was a member of Team UoP Men's Rugby, Cricket, Hockey and the Ski and Snow Club as well as Vice President of Sport. He has continued following his passion for sport and now works at Oxfordshire Cricket.
What did you study at university?
I studied Exercise and Sport science and I completed my post graduate in Sports Performance.
Did you know what career you wanted to embark on upon finishing university? Did this change once you started looking for jobs?I always knew that I wanted to be in the sports industry but I didn't know what this would look like during my studies. During the course I then moved towards Strength and Conditioning (S&C). This was mainly down to Gemma Milligan who channelled me towards some work placement opportunities within S&C at Portsmouth Rugby Club
How did you come across your current job?The Chairman at Oxfordshire Cricket recommended I apply for the Talent Pathway Manager role whilst playing for the Men's side during their red ball campaign. The job was a blend between cricket coaching and S&C which suited me perfectly.
Which sports club(s) were you a member of?I was fortunate enough to be part of the Rugby, Cricket, Hockey and Ski society at University.
How did playing sport at University help you in your career?My sport at University played a pivotal role in applying for the Vice President of Sports role at the Portsmouth Union. This role gave me the skills I needed to develop more of the work based lessons that were needed to progress in my career. In terms of my career the Club captaincy role for the Rugby club was a great introduction to administrative tasks and leading large groups of people. I also had a chance to build my network by being part of different clubs including the cricket society. My first job at a professional cricket club was a result of my friendships within the club. I was then also fortunate enough to employ an alumni from the cricket club in my current role at Oxfordshire. A small world!
How does working life compare to university life?There are comparisons you could draw from University life but I think the skills are slightly different. University helps builds the foundation of research based practice and the ability to write scientifically. During my current role a lot of my communications are towards parents and other coaching staff which lends itself to a different communication style. Some of the transferable skills come when you have to balance lots of different competing priorities and the ability to understand the contemporary literature within sports coaching.
What advice would you give to your former self when transitioning from university to work-life?
Everything takes a lot of time, more time than you thought. Big goals that I thought would take 3 months often take upwards of a year!
What are your plans for the future?
Plans for the future are to hopefully represent Italy cricket in Uganda in the World cup qualifiers. I aim to continue at Oxfordshire and build a strong pathway that develops first class cricketers year upon year. I am lucky to have incredible people around me who continue to push me and teach me about the details of talent development and organising pathways.
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