UBC Kinesiology graduate Dylan Brown joined the co-op program to gain more experience in sport administrative and coordination. He was interested in advancing his skills to a more senior level with regards to managing staff, planning events, and creating budgets. He found his time in co-op incredibly valuable. Through his work terms, he developed not only basic administration skills, such as office tasks, email etiquette, and phone skills but also software skills in programs including Microsoft Suite, NCCP the Locker and CLASS. He also had experience organizing special events and using social media.
Through his terms in co-op, Dylan found an interest in sports management and coordination. Through working in a variety of roles in the sports field, Dylan narrowed his interested to Physical Literacy and positive experiences, specifically for children, in sport. Over time, he moved from a hands-on approach to a position in management to have a greater positive effect on children and the community.
“Although I will always love playing sports and still dream of being a professional athlete, my various co-op work terms helped me to discover that there are many ways to be involved in sport, other than as an athlete or coach, that can be highly rewarding.“
Dylan is currently the Program Manager of Active Kids for the UBC School of Kinesiology Outreach Programs. His overarching career goal is to get children, communities, and athletes active and healthy through positive, and appropriate, involvement in sport and physical activity. He hopes to achieve this by offering students, both KIN and Non-KIN, practical opportunities to apply Kinesiology-based knowledge in everyday coaching.
What advice would Dylan offer to students considering Co-op? “The great debate for me was whether or not I wanted to delay my graduation by a minimum of a full year in order to complete co-op terms. The decision to do so was more than worth it! The experience, skills sets, and connections I made throughout my co-op terms directly led me to my career path and all positions that I have held since graduation