Second Year Survival Series – Part Three, Sport

A profile on Rob Owens, BSc Psychology.

Sport is a great way to learn and develop skills that you might struggle with normally, such as leadership, team work, time management – and it’s also great for you!


Rob Owens is a Bsc Psychology student in his third year of study at the University of Birmingham.

He plays American Football for the Birmingham lions as a Wide Receiver. He is interested in pursuing a career in Marketing.

How manageable do you find being on a sports team but also passing your degree?

 Succeeding in an academic context as a student athlete has its difficulties. I tend to commit around 13 hours a week to training which can be tiring. On top of work and social commitments it can feel like a lot sometimes. With some organisation and motivation though it is manageable and rewarding.

Have you found that playing sports has helped your skill set and employability?

Playing for the lions has taught me dedication which should benefit me in the future. I would consider myself as more employable having learnt how to work in a team and at times step up and be a leader.


About careersbham

Student Engagement Officer for Careers Network University of Birmingham

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