Graduate Stories

Outdoor Education Graduate - Al McGee

Al McGee, Outdoor Education Graduate

What I Do: Freelance Instructor and former SI Petersburg

Whilst working as senior instructor in Petersburg O.E.C, some of my responsibilities include planning and preparing daily programs and activities, giving morning briefings to staff members, also giving advice and demonstrations to other members of staff. Daily responsibilities included checking weather conditions before starting sessions, making sure all equipment and facilities are safe, to liaise with visiting teachers, and also from time to time instructing in such activities as Hill walking and climbing. Since finishing in Petersburg I have used my qualifications for travelling and have managed to get some interesting work as a with dogs and sleds.  Snowscooters are forbidden in many areas as they disturb the silence and may scare game away. They are not regarded safe for longer journeys as they may break down or run out of fuel - with fatal consequences for the driver. Sledge dogs however never fail.

How the course helped me

The BA honors in Outdoor Education at Castlebar help me gain knowledge and prepared me for the current role, I found the electives in geography and the environment very useful, but overall my dissertation gave me a work ethic which became invaluable in my current role.