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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Maeve glad she lined out for post-grad

Published 11/06/2014 | 05:22

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A Bray woman has highlighted the benefit of a postgraduate qualification.

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Maeve Smith held a BSc (Hons) Physiology and Sports Rehabilitation but wanted to excel in her area of expertise. Knowing how important continuing professional development was to her burgeoning career, Maeve began a taught MA in Sport and Psychology (level 9) at Waterford IT.

Maeve said: 'Overall, the undergraduate course gave me a solid general understanding of sports science, but it was not specialised in any one area. I believe it is necessary, especially in terms of the job market, to have a specialisation in one discipline. I can see that professional sporting organisations are now adopting a multidisciplinary approach when looking after their athletes and look for experts in each field, thus making a postgraduate qualification so important for me.

'Doing a postgrad course in WIT was definitely a very positive experience for me personally.'

After completing her Masters in 2008, Maeve took up a full-time lecturing position with the Portobello Institute, before landing her dream job in 2012 as the Player Development Manager with the Irish Rugby Union Players Association (IRUPA). Maeve now looks after the off-field life and career development of professional rugby players in Ireland.

For further information on postgraduate courses at WIT please go to www.wit.ie/pg.

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