Aaron Naughton is living his dream playing for the Western Bulldogs – but he’s also preparing for a future career beyond footy. He shares his experience studying education at Victoria University.
“I was born in Melbourne and raised in Perth. Growing up, I played for the Rockingham Junior Football Club and Peel Thunder in the WAFL.
“I was the number nine pick in the 2017 AFL draft, and debuted with the Western Bulldogs in round one, 2018. Today, I’ve played 94 games with the Western Bulldogs.
Flexibility to study
“I chose to study at VU because of the Western Bulldogs’ partnership with the university.
“My favourite thing about VU is the Block Model learning. It has been great and helps me focus on one subject at a time while being able to manage my football requirements.
“I would recommend VU to other people, as the Block Model is a great way to study and has helped me get through my Bachelor of Education without feeling overwhelmed with my workload.”
Preparing for the future
“Education is so important for players. We need to prepare for life after football and working on a degree while playing allows us to be set up for when our footy career ends.
“After football I intend on using my studies and becoming a teacher.”
Interested in a career in education?
Get started on a rewarding career as a teacher. VU is one of the few universities in Australia to offer a Bachelor of Education (P-12), which allows you to teach at any school level.