Johanna Brogan

Graduated from Lincoln University five years ago with a Recreation Management degree

“PureGym started about two years ago but already has more than 30 sites and some very exciting expansion plans. I’m general manager at the Sheffield branch and have been here around a year. My main responsibility is to ensure the club is operating in a safe and profitable way and that members get the best fitness experience. I have over 15 people reporting directly to me on a daily basis.

 “My time at Lincoln in New Zealand was a real highlight. I returned to the UK in November – about three weeks after finishing my degree – and started my first leisure industry job in December! I have no doubt getting the job was down to my degree and the confidence studying abroad had given me. That was sales consultant for a big health club so I was starting at the bottom, but within a year I had worked my way up to assistant club manager.

“Getting that first job could not have been easier. No one has ever questioned anything about my New Zealand degree except to check the content from the point of view of checking its suitability for the role. Employers have always been envious of my time in New Zealand and it is always a great talking point in interviews.”

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