Staffordshire University graduate and multi-millionaire businessman Mo Chaudry will be among former students giving tips on how to excel in the sport and exercise industry.
Mo, who has a portfolio of business interests including Waterworld, will be speaking at the Sport and Exercise Careers Conference which takes place on the afternoon of Monday February 2 at the University's Ashley Centre in Leek Road, Stoke.
Mo first graduated from Staffordshire University with a Sports Science degree in 1983 and was made an Honorary Doctor of the University in 2008 in recognition of his entrepreneurial achievements.
Students attending the conference can also take part in a series of workshops run by other graduates and high achievers in the field of sport and exercise.
These include David Gould who is working as a school PE teacher and football coach at Liverpool FC and Wayne Glover who has set up his own sports coaching business Time 4 Sport UK Ltd with help from the University's Enterprise Fellowship Scheme.
Wayne said he'd encourage anyone looking for a job in sport to gain as many coaching qualifications and as much work experience as possible in a bid to stand out from the crowd.
He said: "While I was at Uni I had a placement at Trentham High school and learnt a lot about sport and its place in the National Curriculum. Initially I had thoughts of teaching but realised there was a need for coaches at primary schools and took it from there.
"The help I got from EFS and business mentors about how to run a business was spot on."
The student focused event has been organised by Senior Lecturer Dr Jacky Forsyth. She said: "From experience, it seemed that students listen more to their peers than anyone else when making judgments about their career pathway and the skills they might need for the workplace.
"The event is aimed at ensuring that current students at Staffordshire University have realistic expectations of their employment at the same time as aiming high."
A diverse range of employers will also be exhibiting at the conference which features a networking session and CV checks carried out by University's dedicated careers staff.
A website is also being developed to include links to job vacancies and talking heads of graduates who will be giving the benefit of their experiences.
Running from 12 noon until 4.30pm, the conference is free to staff and students of Staffordshire University and £5 for members of the public. For more information, contact Jacky on 01782 294057
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