Research Scientist, Lululemon, Vancouver, Canada
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Sport and Exercise Science
Deciding what to study at university was easy, says sport and recreation alumna Jessica Yeoman.
“Sport has been something I’ve been interested in from a young age, and I participated in a wide variety of sports when I was in school. I wanted to take my passion for sports and create a career.
“This led me to selecting the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Sport and Exercise Science at AUT because it gave me the opportunity to develop my knowledge of how the human body operates and apply it practically. One of my highlights was learning about different aspects of health and wellbeing, broadening my views on current issues within the sporting industry.”
Making a contribution to sport
AUT integrates its students with the outside world, says Jessica who was the top scholar in the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation and in the Sport and Exercise Science major.
“One of the standout qualities of AUT is that it’s recognised for being a university that enables students to put theory into practice. I experienced working with the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, enabling me to utilise AUT Millennium’s world-class facilities.”
Contributing to work presented at the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference was a highlight for Jessica.
“During my workplace experience at the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, I assisted in a project surrounding the biomechanics of the dart throw. This project was presented at the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference, a worldwide forum for the exchange of materials and information on biomechanics in sports, and is now a published conference article.”
Creating great graduates
After completing her studies, Jessica is now applying her skills at Lululemon in Vancouver, Canada. Initially starting as an intern, she has since been offered a permanent role and is now working as a research scientist.
“I was lucky enough to be awarded a scholarship to intern here through the Internz International Scholarship Programme. When I first saw the advertisement for this internship, I was immediately interested. Research surrounding sports, the movement of the human body or sporting activities is something I’m extremely fascinated by. After reading the description of the internship, I knew it was a job that would expand my skills and experience, while providing me with an amazing opportunity.”
Make the most of your experience at AUT, she advises other students.
“AUT provides students with countless opportunities throughout their degree. Taking up these opportunities will help you become the most well-rounded individual you can be; preparing you for work outside of university.”