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According to the 2013 Course Experience Questionnaire survey,
graduates of the sport and leisure field are generally very happy
with their course experience and give their teachers good ratings.
Unfortunately, many graduates have difficulty gaining
employment, with a 48 per cent unemployment rate in 2013 (an
increase on the year prior). Half of graduates went onto further
study, perhaps to improve their job prospects. The starting salary
for recent graduates ($49,260 in 2013) is below average.
FOR FURTHER HELP...
• To compare the pros and cons of sport and leisure with
other fields of study, see the table on page 64 and the
institution profiles in Section 4.
• For more about jobs and careers in this field, see the Job
Guide website at http://jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au.
• For ratings of postgraduate sport and leisure courses, see
the Hobsons Course Finder website at
Mark — Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)
Why did you choose to study sport
I had always wanted to become a
physiotherapist and knew that this was a
pathway into the career. I did not pursue
physio in the end, as I found a decent job
in the sports science field. I always
enjoyed sports when I was younger and
knew I wanted to do something like this — hands-on but also
What was the best thing about your course?
The course involved a lot of lab testing, which I really enjoyed,
especially when we were able to perform tests used to
measure the performance of elite athletes on each other. My
favourite was the VO2 max test, which calculates the amount
of oxygen used by athletes as they perform. As far as
university goes, the best thing would definitely have to be the
social life and meeting new people, including the lunchtime
social events, playing footy, lazing around on the grass,
hanging out with friends before and after classes, and the
parties and pub crawls.
What was the worst thing about your course?
Some subjects focused on the cultural side of sport and
involved quite a bit of essay writing and theoretical study,
which is something that I didn’t expect when I applied for the
Another thing would have to be those late nights finishing up
assignments or studying, or those damn prac reports. And I’m
sure everyone who has been to uni has had one of those
classmates who didn’t shut up during lectures — but now that
I look back they were rather entertaining.
Have you found work in your field?
Yes, I found a great job working for an exercise physiology
company that specialises in musculoskeletal rehabilitation,
injury management and chronic disease management. I will
admit it was very hard to find work straight out of uni — I had
to trial a few interviews before I got the hang of it and found a
job. Students should be aware that the most appealing jobs,
such as working with elite athletes, can be hard to find and
What advice would you give to students considering
studying sport and leisure?
If I were to do things over I would make sure I got my foot in
the door straight away. When I say this, I mean getting a job in
the field from the get go — even while you’re studying. There
is so much to be learnt in the field that cannot be taught at
university. And you will be surprised how these random skills
come together to help you find a job when you graduate.
Lastly, try to participate in everything at uni — if you get the
chance to study abroad, take it. I passed on this and regretted
The student body and graduate ratings (continued)
THE STUDENT BODY
tuition costs for
Teaching quality Generic skills
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
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