Jonathan N Malins

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Sports & Leisure
Job title: Part Time Pilates Teacher
Subject of study: Physics
Year of graduation: 1974
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Catalyst Pilates

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I started as a Service Engineer for an Electronics Company, and over the years gradually worked my way up as Design Engineer, Senior Engineer, Technical Manager and finally Technical Director/CTO. Specialising in Safety Systems Design and Environmental Pollution Monitoring. As I reached Retirement I trained as a Studio Equipment Pilates Teacher. This is now my part time job in retirement, although I also undertake some Engineering Consultancy work.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

Graduating in the 3 day week was hard and I had to take what I could. Electronics had always been a passion. I get most enjoyment from Problem Solving (technical and people) and finding Creative Solutions. More recently I have become fascinated with the human body and find the aspects of Anatomy interesting and how the mind/emotions can adjust the Physics of the body.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I took a lead role in the Decorating Club where we provided interior decorating services for the underprivileged of Exeter District.

Were you part of the Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme at any point during your studies?

Yes.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I enjoyed the variety that the subject offered. I enjoyed the challenges set. I don’t recall any specific highlight.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

The location, social life, freedom and a very positive attitude.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Far from home. Good balance of male and female students. Good reputation. Well known for Physics. They wanted me!

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Enquiring mind. Wide range of experiences. Working with and relating to a variety of people. Academic knowledge.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Be self confident, Don’t give up. Remember the job/career is what you make it. I loved the challenge of advancing up the company hierarchy which throws up new learning opportunities, not just your subject knowledge. You have to embrace politics, interpersonal skills, creativity, coaching, finance and self-motivation. I always remember a good manager basks in the reflected glory of his successful team.

What are your plans for the future?

Slowly wind down with an active mind. Keep teaching Pilates as long as I am able or until it no longer interests me.

 

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