Sadhbh O’Shea’s passion for sports journalism led her through a number of challenges and changes before she secured her current News Editor role at Cyclingnews.com.
Her choice to go for the BA (Hons) Sports Journalism degree stemmed from the idea to combine two things she liked most, as she always wanted to study journalism, but the sports aspect appealed to her greatly.
After graduating in 2009, Sadhbh moved onto a Masters with Eurosport for 6 months, complete with a 3 months’ work experience program in their head office in Paris.
Patience proved to be a virtue in securing her current dream job: following 18 months working in finance, she moved to Bath on a job offer for a Staff Writer on Procycling Magazine, but only after a couple of months in the role, the company named her Deputy Editor of their sister publication Procycling Week, which since then closed down.
Now, Sadhbh travels to various cycling races, producing reports and news articles and interviewing famous riders. Since 2013, she wrote her fist cover feature for Procycling, her interview with Chris Froome was picked up by the mainstream media and her work was used as a reference in a published book.
She now says she “wouldn’t change her experience at UCLan for the world”:
“My lasting memories of UCLan are the fun that we had with the hands-on, practical learning during the course and the fantastic friends that I made while I was there.”
“Having the course gave me the knowledge and the confidence when going into interviews and into the work place. While I specialised in broadcast and ultimately ended up in print and online, that knowledge has helped me with the development of multimedia and has given me an edge in certain areas.
“The course also gave me a lot of experience in conducting interviews, something that is integral to my current job.”
Sadhbh encourages other students to have patience, while keeping motivated: “Be prepared to work hard and if you don’t get a job straight out of university don’t fret, it will come to you if you keep working at it. Don’t forget to enjoy every minute of the course.”