UTS Careers today hosted an installment 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
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.