Expanding My World View – Christine Holm

25 Jul Expanding My World View – Christine Holm

Course studied: MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
Year of graduation:

When I left Brunel…
When I left Brunel, my plan was to take a year off, work part-time, as I applied for PhD programs in the US. I wanted to build my practical experiences during that time by volunteer coaching for the local university’s men’s club rowing team. I also signed up for a 12 week course in yoga teacher training.

At the moment…
I am currently working at University of Minnesota as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator on the women’s varsity rowing team. I blend my practical experience as an elite athlete with rigorous study in the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology at Brunel to provide cutting edge coaching to the athletes I serve. I also teach yoga to my athletes to improve their flexibility, body awareness, and focus.

How my career goals have changed…
I may want to pursue a head coaching role at a major university instead of or in addition to a sport psychology practitioner. I feel that I have a competitive edge over other coaches because of my sport psych masters degree and so the two perspectives compliment each other – I’m a better coach and better sport psychologist from these experiences.

How I have developed professionally since graduating…
I am confident in my ability to present myself professionally and communicate effectively. My critical thinking skills and ability to apply relevant details in a meaningful way had greatly improved over the course of my studies at Brunel, and applying them daily to my work further strengthens those skills.

How I have developed personally since graduating…
Attending Brunel University afforded me the opportunities to connect with others outside of the US. Not only have I been able to travel to the homes of my Brunel friends and experience their culture, but it has tremendously expanded my world view (especially as an American). I am less rigid in my cultural expectations and feel that I can flex in a way that involves multiple cultures to truly define myself as an individual. I am also more confident with traveling and integrating into new environments.

My advice to recent graduates/students graduating soon…

  • Look to build experiences that will help you develop a passion or purpose.
  • Do not feel that you have to start working in your dream job immediately, and more often than not, that dream job will reveal itself to you as you’re actively engaging in your surroundings.
  • Do things that interest you, reach out to others and network authentically, and be open to new possibilities.
  • Your degree gave you a skill set of resilience, adaptability, and competency. Trust that you can apply those skills to any new endeavor and learn from it.