How to make it in the sport and exercise industry

#UTSCareers today hosted an instalment of The Job Truth Series, with leaders in the sport and exercise industry as panellists.


The special guests included:

  • Dr Andrew Walshe: Director of High Performance for Red Bull (Los Angeles)
  • Matthew Jeffriess: Strength and Conditioning Coach and Rehabilitation Coordinator for the NRL Referees (Sydney)
  • Michael Rennie: Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Sydney Swans

Matthew and Michael are also UTS:Sport and Exercise PhD candidates, working with our #utshealth academics Professor Aaron Coutts and Dr Job Fransen.

So what’s their advice to aspiring sport and exercise science and management students?

  • Get lots of practical experience across as many domains as possible
    Don’t expect a 9am-5pm job
  • Look for an alternate income stream to ensure you earn on the side, because it can take a while to make it
  • BUT, it’s a booming global industry, so keep an eye out for international opportunities (sometimes they pay double!)
  • Look at different sectors within the industry, such as health innovation, data analytics and health science
  •  The sport industry in Australia is very competitive, so doing further study after your undergrad course such a Honours or PHD can really help
  • Diversify your interpersonal and communication skills – things like travelling and being in social situations can really help you work with others
  • Drive and improve any artistic skills (if you have them!)
  • Throw yourself out there, especially UTS:Health students, who are based at the UTS Moore Park precinct and are surrounded by elite athletes!
  • Ask your lecturers about volunteering to help UTS PHD research students, as this will open up opportunities
  • Explore psychology and mindfulness training, because the industry is beginning to really focus on this
  • Gain some skills in Excel 
  • Get a good understanding of the companies you would like to work for
  • Once you know the company, find the gaps in the skills they need and then do whatever you need to do to get those skills

Most of all – get involved, diversify your skills (Excel!) and once you land a job hold onto it, because there’s a long line of people behind you.


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