NZPGA Trainee Professional, Tauranga Golf Club
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Coaching and Management
Larissa Eruera loves her diverse and busy role as a trainee golf professional at one of New Zealand’s busiest golf courses.
“It’s a very dynamic role. I enjoy the challenge of finding new ways to bring people to our facility and getting younger people interested in golf. I also get to meet so many people, from club members who I see multiple times a week, to cruise ship passengers who are just in Tauranga for the day.
“My job also involves retail sales, club repair, assisting club members and many other activities,” says Larissa who started playing golf when she was eight.
For Larissa, the decision to study sport and recreation at AUT was a case of third time lucky. A promising junior golfer, she had started two degrees while training in the United States but when she returned to New Zealand couldn’t see herself working in either field.
“AUT’s Bachelor of Sport and Recreation offered multiple choices of majors, and great lecturers who are well respected in their fields.”
“Being able to gain industry experience as part of your study was also a key aspect of my decision to choose AUT.”
On the job
Larissa says having workplace experience opportunities while studying helped her fine tune her choice of major and gave her a vital employment head-start.
“These experiences helped me realise that I wanted a hands-on job and that coaching was my passion. I was able to learn through doing, which is an invaluable experience. I also met influential people who provided me with references that helped me secure my current job.
“To make the most of your workplace experience don’t choose a placement that is easy for you, choose something that will challenge you in a field you’re genuinely interested in.”
Larissa, who graduated as top scholar in her class and won the YMCA Top Scholar Award, is now studying for a further three years to qualify as a full member of the Professional Golf Association of New Zealand.
Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.41pm
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