Hi, my name’s Laura Downie. I’m doing a double degree in Sport and Recreation Management and Exercise Science at Victoria University.
Hi, I’m Lachlan Evans. I’m studying Exercise Science at Victoria University.
My name’s Sonja Kiernan. I’m the Learning in the Workplace and Community Coordinator in the School of Sport and Exercise Science. My role here is to develop partnerships within the community, to get the students their work integrated learning or as we call it here, Learning the Workplace.
I thought if I did a double with Sport and Recreation Management and Exercise Science I could go in two different pathways and open up a whole world of opportunities for me.
Dr Michael Burke
The first thing that makes us distinct from all other universities is that we have a separate School of Sport and Exercise Science that will shortly become a College of Sport and Exercise Science with a Dean. The school is fantastically well resourced – new building, new lab facilities, new swimming pool and gymnasium. So in terms of infrastructure and university support, our university is probably the best university in Victoria, if not Australia to study at.
I came to university because I had been personal trainer for 2 years and was very interested in working as strength and conditioning coach with elite performance sport.
There’s units you can do that help you get your qualifications for personal training, so I’ve just finished advanced resistance training and I’m doing a summer school in personal training which is perfect for some extra work while I finish my degree and it also helps me with my dancing and helps me learn more about my body and how I can increase my performance and everything while also getting me a career path way.
Learning in the workplace is putting theory into practice. It’s giving them industry experience, giving them, arming them with more skill and more knowledge in what they are learning.
I chose Victoria University because it applied a very practical side of the learning that we’re doing here, so instead of like many other universities , being very theoretical based, it actually got us out into the field. I’m working as a Cardiac Technician at the Alfred Hospital and the placement is really allowed me to have practical experience working in an industry, already, so I can come straight into a job and say I’ve actually done this job before previously.
My sports background is professional athletics coach. I’ve been mentoring and working in the athletics and sports industries, from hockey to netball to football to professional track and field athletes.
This course prides itself on the range of disciplines that we cover within the course. There are the traditional biological sciences the bio mechanics, physiology. But we also make sure that our students have a good grounding in sociology, psychology, ethics, legal studies, so we think it is important that students understand that they are going into a human service profession.
I am in touch with the industry constantly across many many different sports, networking constantly and that really does have a positive impact on my work here.
I’ve applied for a cadetship with the Western Bulldogs, I’ve applied for 2 out of several that Victoria University offers. And it’s a learning in the workplace cadetship so it’s really helpful with getting that on the job experience so that’s what I’m aiming for at the moment. If I get that, that’s a foot in the door, to get a career.
For me Victoria University has been the best university I’ve been at in regards to social aspect. I’ve participated in the uni games both the Southern Uni Games and the Australian Uni games in 2010. I’ve developed here many friendships which as clichéd as it’s to say, will probably last for a very long time. It’s really, I guess helped when I’ve needed to step back and relax and de stress a little bit its provided me the ability to do so.
Really encouraging, but a challenging environment. You learn a lot and you’ve got so many opportunities with placements and research opportunities anything that you can really imagine, you can head for and you can do, so it’s a great place to learn and a great place to develop your skills.
The course, the school, the college is developing quickly. We’ve got a research institute attached to our college so I’m very excited about the future for Victoria University and especially for the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Human Movement.
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