Teacher of Outdoor Education, St Joseph’s College, Colo, New South Wales, Australia
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Outdoor Education
He can’t think of a more dynamic working environment than the outdoors, says Jake Candy who teaches outdoor education at St Joseph’s College in New South Wales, Australia.
“I teach students valuable life lessons by using the outdoor environment as a context. Each week we explore mountain biking, rock climbing, orienteering, tramping, camping, canoeing and the high ropes course. Through these activities, students learn teamwork skills, resilience, communication skills, determination, trust, initiative, responsibility and other traits that are crucial for a successful life after school.
“I love being outdoors, and I love my job. What I do each day for work, I do on my days off as well. I enjoy a life where I love what I do and rarely feel like I’m working.”
He wasn’t always sure what he wanted to do after high school, says Jake who went to school in the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne.
“When I left school, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do. My great aunty suggested AUT’s Bachelor of Sport and Recreation, and it sparked my interest. I had a passion for being outdoors and decided to give it a go. There are similar courses in Australia, but there’s no better place to do an outdoors course than New Zealand.”
It’s a decision he hasn’t regretted.
“My time at AUT was great. The Bachelor of Sport and Recreation was right up my alley, and it has led to a great career and sparked a lifelong passion for the outdoors. My classmates and I bonded as we went on road trips to complete portions of our study in the great outdoors. AUT provided all the support I needed to complete this journey and it was a special time that I’ll never forget.”
Sharing his passion
He tries to inspire others the way he was inspired by his AUT lecturers, Jake says.
“My outdoor education lecturers were inspirational and I still use their teachings in my everyday work. I introduce new programmes and teaching methods wherever I can, and I work collaboratively with my colleagues to ensure that the students get the most out of their time with us. I never underestimate the value of outdoor education.”
Jake has also used the skills he learned at AUT in his personal endeavours and journeys.
“Since leaving AUT, I’ve circumnavigated Steward Island in a self-built sea kayak, kayaked across Bass Strait from Victoria to Tasmania, and walked 250 kilometres from Newcastle to Sydney.”