Taking part in the Sports Volunteering Scheme could help your future career prospects.

You need to start thinking about your career in year one.


Did you know that taking part in University sport can help your future career, but only if you highlight the skills you have developed on your CV.

It is helpful to start thinking about your career in year one (see your career timeline). Joining an Athletic Union club committee, being the Sports Rep on a residence committee or volunteering as a Champion in halls will provide you with experience of leadership, management of others and decision making skills.

When you graduate you will be in the company of around 300,000 others nationally who are also looking for their ideal graduate job. Employers are looking for candidates who stand out and have developed skills, abilities and ambitions – a degree is no longer enough.

The Employability and Graduate Development Service said: “Making yourself employable is a big part of getting the job you want – good qualifications are only half the answer."

Taking part in sport (particularly sports club activities) provides ideal opportunities for students to demonstrate to employers their skills in:

  • The ability to work as a team.
  • Time management.
  • Responsibility.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Goal setting.
  • Communication.
  • Leadership.
  • Management.
  • Decision making.

Use your time at University to try something new and make yourself more employable. Whether you join a club, compete in an intramural team, participate in the Sports Volunteering Scheme or attend a regular fitness session, the commitment and discipline you show through taking part could enhance your CV and aid future job applications.

You can also enrol on the Exeter Award - an achievement award for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students designed to enhance employability by providing official recognition and evidence of extra-curricular activities and achievements.

Why do The Exeter Award?

The Exeter Award will give you the confidence to stand out and shout about the other experiences you have had at university.

Visit the Exeter Award website to register.

"KPMG recognize the breadth and depth of talent graduating from Exeter University. We often find that candidates who have taken part in Sports teams outperform those who haven't, giving them the much sought after edge in today's competitive market."

Blair England, Marketing Executive, Recruitment, KPMG