The College of Sport & Exercise Science at Victoria University offers a Career Development and Employability (CDE) program as part of our undergraduate courses.

The program is designed to prepare students for careers related to their course of study, in the following fields:

  • sport and exercise science
  • sport management
  • sport coaching
  • recreation
  • exercise physiology.

About the program

The Career Development & Employability program teaches you career skills by providing sport, exercise and recreation industry placements linked to our curriculum.

Career development and employability education is a core unit in the second and/or final years of most degree courses within the College.

During your placement, you'll gain a level of self-understanding that will help you to target a job that matches your personality, career values, interests and preferred job skills.

You'll also develop a career portfolio of real work achievements while studying. These will be acquired during your course through:

  • class-based learning in the workplace
  • 70 or 140 hours of career placement
  • voluntary or paid work opportunities provided by over 350 sport, exercise and recreation organisations.

All placements are covered by a current Career Development & Employment (CDE) placement contract that formally recognises the your involvement with a community organisation.

Check out the CDE website for the College of Sport & Exercise Science.

Benefits of the program

The CDE program provides you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to manage your own career development during and after your degree.

It will help you to establish valuable networks in the sport, exercise and recreation industry, and to develop job skills and workplace achievements.

These networks and job skills often lead to work opportunities. Our students often find part-time jobs in the industry thanks to the experience gained in their first placement. Then, in your final year, your career placement helps position you for your first full-time sport, exercise and recreation job after you graduate.

All of these work opportunities mean that you graduate with a 'sport, exercise and recreation professional identity and career portfolio.' This portfolio of work achievements will help you to effectively market yourself to potential employers as a standout job candidate.

CDE course requirements

College courses that include CDE in their programs have different CDE requirements. 

Students undertake one or two CDE units tailored to the specific requirements of their course. These may include the following units:

CDE contacts

Full documentation, guidelines and information on CDE website.

Career Development & Employability Programs Officer

Ruth Gadsby (for CDE Contract Management and Administration)

Phone: +61 3 9919 5539
Fax: +61 3 9919 5572
Emailruth.gadsby@vu.edu.au

CDE Coordinator

Mary Grant

Phone: +61 3 9919 4534
Fax: +61 3 9919 5572
Email: mary.grant@vu.edu.au