Jake Ward, 4 March, 2022
Jake Ward found success switching into a competitive industry.
I graduated with a business degree and worked behind a desk for a few years. I decided to quit and switch careers to something I’m passionate about which is sport and health.
Before I started uni I began coaching at a rugby club and became a personal trainer. When I started at QUT, the subjects gave me the theoretical knowledge to back up my physical practices.
Through my course I undertook placements at the Queensland Reds Super Rugby team and Queensland Academy of Sport. Getting an insight into professional sport teams/environments was exciting. There are no secrets to their success, they’re just efficient and doing the simple things right.
Both of my practical experiences helped me land my two paid roles in my final year of uni. I got a paid internship with Queensland Academy of Sport and then I landed my first professional role as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Queensland Red’s Women’s team.
Networking is very important in this industry. A lot of jobs aren’t always advertised as they get filled by word of mouth. Make yourself known, be humble, and create good relationships.