Meaghan Ludlow, Bachelor of Kinesiology (Hons) (Co-op) (2007), MBA
Hometown: Paradise, NL
My experience with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation
I loved studying in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation. The faculty and staff were extremely supportive and encouraging. As well, most were passionate about what they taught and this was passed along to their students. The social side of school was also a lot of fun and my graduating class became quite a close knit group, many of whom I still keep in close contact with.
My work terms
My first work term was as a fitness administrator with the Royal St. John's Regatta and I had so much fun working there. I learned about all the dedication that goes into organizing a large one-day event such as the Regatta and how to work closely with the many volunteers who make it possible. My second and third work terms were with ATF Canada Corp., a national rehabilitation company. My first placement with them was in St. John's and I worked with the vocational evaluators writing Labour Market Re-entry Assessments and Transferable Skills Analysis to assist injured workers in returning to the workforce. My second placement with ATF was at their head office in Toronto, Ontario. There I spent most of my time shadowing certified kinesiologists as they conducted Physical Assessments, Ergonomic Assessments and Job Site Analysis. My work terms were critical in assisting me along my career path since I joined ATF Canada Corp. as a full time employee upon graduation. I spent the next few years working with them as a vocational evaluator/kinesiologist before returning to school to study business.
As I mentioned above, immediately after graduation I worked full time with ATF Canada Corp. until I decided to return to school full time to study business in the fall of 2008. However, I continued to work with the company until the summer of 2009 on a contract basis.
I decided to pursue an MBA degree to broaden the opportunities available to me. I enjoyed working as a kinesiologist but felt that a masters degree in business would compliment my undergraduate degree while teaching me skills that would be useful in variety of sectors.
Now, I am hoping to join a health-related not for profit organization which will allow me to use skills obtained through both my undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Advice to future students
Keep an open mind and say yes to any opportunity that excites you! Who knows where a HKR degree will take you and it's a great starting point.