Suzanna Olsen - University of Western Australia
1) Have you had success finding graduate employment?
Yes, fortunately I was exposed to numerous job opportunities during my time as an undergraduate student within the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at UWA. Thus, prior to the completion of my bachelor of science degree at the end of 2015, I commenced working as an exercise coach for UWA’s pediatric exercise programs – Unigym, Thriving and Uni-Active. I’m also currently employed by Superfins WA as a swim coach for people with disabilities, and have been involved with the organisation since undertaking my first semester of professional practice (practicum) in early 2014.
2) Is it in the field you’d like to work in?
So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working in the field of sport and exercise coaching. I’m very passionate about sport, exercise, and mental health, so any career that allows me to closely work with individuals to promote those passions really energises me.
3) Is it a tough market? Are you optimistic?
I think any market presents as challenging in this day and age, but I remain optimistic regardless. I’m grateful to have obtained degree-related employment prior to becoming a graduate, as I imagine it’d be a potentially arduous experience otherwise for those struggling to find graduate employment.
4) Did university prepare you adequately for entering the workforce?
I think overall my university experience has adequately prepared me for entering the workforce. Though, depending on the type of job I choose to actively seek and apply for, I can’t say with complete confidence that I’d be able to apply myself successfully. My degree majors (sport science, exercise and health) present a multitude of career prospects, so depending on what I pursue, I could perform poorly or competently.
5) Do you expect to continue your career in Perth or will you move abroad?
For the time being, I’m content continuing my career and future studies here in Perth. However, as a fond traveller and after making a number of eye-opening visits to Europe and Asia within the past few years, I’ve definitely considered moving abroad and don’t doubt that it will be something I’ll attempt in the coming years. I think many Perth graduates (Australians in general) find the concept of moving abroad quite appealing, but the reality of it is that it’s expensive and inconvenient.