Peter Francis

BSc Sport and Exercise Science, 2009
Dip. Physical Therapy, 2012
IAAF L4 Athletics Coach, 2012
Current Position
Lecturer in Sport and Health Sciences, St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth, U.K.
Career Path
2009 – 2010: worked for one year in the Middle East (Doha, Qatar) as an English teacher.
2008 – 2012: Part time lecturer Coaching Ireland Sports Education Program.
2010: Commence PhD and part-time diploma in Physical Therapy
2010 – 2013: UL Middle Distance Running Coach
2012: Complete 1 year internship at Irish Institute of Sport (Physiology)
2012: Write health and fitness columns for local media (Limerick Leader)
2013: Part-time Lecturer on Coaching Ireland Sports Education Program
Why did you choose to Study Sport and Exercise Science
A fascination with exercise, training and diet. I wanted to know how did it all work? How did each component interact with one another?
Where did you do your coop?
The National Coaching and Training Centre which subsequently split into Coaching Ireland and the Irish Institute of Sport. I was based in the player/athlete services department where our main role was to provide physiological testing and support to Olympic and Paralympic athletes prior to the Beijing Olympics, 2008.      
What advice would you give to school goers considering choosing sport and exercise sciences?
It is a thoroughly enjoyable science degree that equips you with a multi-disciplinary skill set in the sports and exercise arena. Whether you are interested in elite sport or exercise for clinical populations there is much to be gained. Do not listen to those who say there are no jobs. There are plenty for those who work hard. It is not PE or Physiotherapy nor the best route into either although it is possible. It has the perfect blend of theoretical and practical activities.   
What advice would you give to future graduates of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Maximise the 4 years you are here. There are a wide range of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses you can do outside of the course such as coaching qualifications, first aid, strength and conditioning, massage, NCEF fitness instruction. These courses make you more employable when you leave. There are also a number of internships/part-time work experience placements available. Nothing can beat practical experience. Do not be afraid to liaise with staff or postgraduates in the department about these opportunities.