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Gaining an advantage in the workplace

Working with Olympic swimmers is just one career highlight of sports engineering graduate Victoria Troster.

"VU's sports engineering course appealed to me as I wanted to do engineering and also study sport biomechanics (I was working in a gym at the time).

The best thing was the practical learning. I think people often think sitting exams and doing assignments is what gets you a job, but I believe it’s the practical skills that gave me a real advantage going into the workplace. I did my work placement at a mechanical design engineering company and I continued to work there after I graduated.

When I decided to return to postgraduate study, I began a Master of Engineering (Mechanical) at The University of Melbourne but discontinued the course as I missed the sports focus and hands-on learning that VU offers.

I’m now completing honours at VU with the Victorian Institute of Sport, assisting in the development of technology that supports elite athletes. It’s exciting to work with swimmers who have now qualified to go to the Rio Olympics. Had I only studied basic engineering I wouldn’t be where I am now, combining my love for sport and technology!"

Courses studied

  • Bachelor of Engineering Science (Sports Engineering), not currently offered
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) (Human Movement)

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Victoria Troster