Gene Vocale is achieving what many people only dream of – turning his passion into his profession. He’s followed his love of sport into a Bachelor of Physical Education and Sports Science and is now completing his masters to become a teacher.
I grew up immersed in sports – I still play BIGV basketball for the Sunbury Jets. I’ve also coached a range of sports, which led to my interest in PE and health teaching.
During my VU degree I gained placements in several schools, working with kids with many different backgrounds, ages and abilities. These experiences motivated me to pursue a teaching career.
My Aboriginal background is the Monaro tribe in Gippsland, Victoria from my father’s side.The passing of my father soon after I finished school was so difficult for me; I became unmotivated and down. The financial strains at university were tough too – if it wasn’t for the help from VU I’m not sure if I could’ve achieved all I have.
Now, while studying my , I have completed my first school placement. It’s further solidified my desire to teach and has given me amazing insight into what being a teacher entails, and boosted both my confidence and my CV.
I tell others if they want to be part of a university with a positive environment and culture and a focus on industry experience they should choose VU. Now I just can’t wait to start teaching full time!”