Integrated Logistic Support Manager: Civil Service
Finn graduated with an MSc in Sports Biomechanics in 2015. Here Finn talks about his experience at Loughborough – the best year of his education!
Why did you choose to study for a Master’s degree in Sports Biomechanics at Loughborough University, following your undergraduate course?
After embarking on a Sports Therapy course for my undergraduate degree, and not initially knowing exactly which area I wanted to specialise in, I realised during my second year that Sports Biomechanics was the area I was most interested in. Having studied Maths Mechanics at A Level, and sports courses from GCSE through to my BSc, Sports Biomechanics was the perfect combination for me. I specialised more and more throughout my undergraduate degree, which culminated in me conducting a study on the biomechanics of swimming dive starts for my dissertation.
My time at Loughborough University enabled me to further my studies in the subject I was interested in, while undertaking my studies in one of the best universities in the world for biomechanics. While I have not been fortunate enough to continue my career in the area of sports biomechanics since finishing my studies, it is definitely an option I am keeping open for the future. Regardless of this, Loughborough allowed me to gain a Master’s degree, which has been hugely beneficial to me in gaining success in my career so far, and on top of this, my year studying at Loughborough was the most enjoyable and inspiring of my entire education.
Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?
Get involved in as many social and sports clubs as you want to, try everything out, and make the most of the facilities and opportunities on offer.
Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?
I used the gym four times a week and regularly made use of the other sports facilities, including the outdoor basketball courts, astro football pitches, and badminton courts. The facilities were incredible for studying and recreational use, and I am constantly recommending Loughborough to people based on this matter alone. It was great to have these facilities on your doorstep, and training in the gym alongside Olympic athletes was inspiring. I also took part in the LSU Salsa club, which I would recommend as a great way to meet new people.
My year at Loughborough was the best year of my education because I thoroughly enjoyed studying the subject that most interested me in a university with outstanding facilities and professors with unrivalled experience and knowledge, that enhanced my enthusiasm for the subject and made studying and research enjoyable.
The University has incredible facilities for sports (recreational or professional) and I would recommend it to any sports lover. My favourite thing about my year at Loughborough and the thing that will stay with me forever, is that I made many great lifelong friends from around the world, and I have since been to Brazil twice to visit them.
The University is the life and soul of Loughborough. During the holidays, the town is very quiet but during term-time, it comes alive with students. Although quiet, the town has everything you need, and I really enjoyed staying at Forest Court (close to the town centre), and was able to enjoy the best that both the town and the campus had to offer.
Following a few months of job hunting and investigating potential options in Sports Biomechanics roles, I started working in the Civil Service four months after finishing my Master’s degree at Loughborough. The reason I chose this career path was that there is a large headquarters in my hometown and I have a sibling working in the same organisation.
It initially presented an interesting way to start my career with excellent progression and training opportunities, and although it was meant to only be temporary, I have now been working there for two and a half years. I worked for just over a year as a Project Support Officer, before being promoted to the role as an Integrated Logistic Support Manager, which I have done for a year now.
As an Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) Manager, I manage all the ILS elements required to support equipment, including training, technical documentation, maintenance, reliability, disposal, obsolescence, and repair.
Working in the Civil Service presents so many training opportunities which can be utilised in industry. I have the chance to progress my career down a variety of different avenues, and while I don’t always love my job, it allows me the flexibility and security to do what I want to do in my personal life, for example through flexible working hours and a free gym at my workplace which I use daily.
For now, I am happy working in the Civil Service and could see myself furthering my career in the organisation, working in a variety of roles at my current level before progressing through promotion. However, I do not see myself working there forever, and one day would like to use my Master’s degree to embark on a career in Sports Biomechanics, and believe my current work has given me plenty of transferable skills that I can take advantage of in the future.
My proudest moment was gaining a promotion after just over a year of working in an organisation that was completely new to me, in a role in which I previously had no experience. Since doing that, I have been given the responsibility of managing two projects from an ILS perspective.