Postgraduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise student
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Sport and Exercise Science
She has had lots of highlights throughout her time at AUT, says Georgia Izzett who completed a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Sport and Exercise Science and is now halfway through a Postgraduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise.
“One highlight for me was learning about different aspects of health and wellbeing and expanding my views on current issues within the sporting industry. There’s so much more to the sports industry than I ever realised before starting my degree.”
The practical aspects of her study were really enjoyable, she says.
“AUT is known to be world-class in sport science, and I learned so much from the practical aspects of the sport and recreation programmes. The industry experience that is part of your degree gives you a headstart in the industry, and it helped me learn so much more than I would have in the classroom.”
The next step
After completing her Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in 2019, Georgia decided to take her knowledge even further and enrolled in postgraduate study at AUT.
“The sports science industry is growing and changing so much, and I think it’s important to stay up-to-date as there’s so much to learn. Eventually, I’m planning to have a career as a strength and conditioning coach at a high performance level and I believe postgraduate study will help me achieve this.”
She would highly recommend AUT’s sport and recreation programmes to other students.
“I would 100% recommend these programmes as there are so many options to choose from whether it’s outdoor education, management, nutrition or sports science. You’ll definitely find something you love, you get industry experience as part of your degree and the lecturers are very supportive.”
Advice for other students
Make the most of the many opportunities AUT offers, Georgia advises other students.
“This will help you grow and be ready for life after university. If you’re unsure of what you want to do that is ok; just go out there and get experience through internships and volunteering. It’s a great way to learn what you love and maybe what you don’t like, which will then help to guide you in the right direction. Networking with others is so important, so make the most of every opportunity you get.”
Her other piece of advice is simple: talk to the academic staff.
“Don’t be afraid to go and talk to your lecturers. All of the lecturers are really friendly and if you ever need help with something they’re always there to provide support, give feedback and help out. The lecturers really know their stuff and are happy to help.”
The Postgraduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise has been replaced by the Postgraduate Certificate in Sport, Exercise and Health.