From Uncertainty to Direction
Navigating the post-high school landscape can be a daunting task for many young individuals, and Meg Macumber was no exception. Although she had secured a place in her preferred university degree, a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Health and Physical Education), Meg hesitated, feeling uncertain about diving headfirst into a long-term commitment. It was during this period of indecision that AFL SportsReady Traineeship offered her a different path.
“I decided to do a traineeship because I was unsure of what I wanted to do after completing Year 12. I had a university course lined up studying a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Health and Physical Education) but was hesitant to rush into anything,” said Meg.
Meg decided to do a traineeship instead after her school, Trafalgar High School, offered the opportunity to their current year 12 students. She had seen other trainees at her school and after meeting with the PE department, she was offered the traineeship.
“My experience has been amazing. I have found many new interests that I didn’t know I would like or be good at,” said Meg.
In her traineeship, Meg works in the sports department and is studying for a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation. In her role, she works alongside the Sports/School Sports Victoria (SSV) Coordinator to support PE classes and organise SSV events.
“I prepare equipment for classes and often jump in on classes assisting the PE staff. I find that I get a lot out of being in classes just being able to watch the teachers in action. I also really enjoy organising interschool sports events, running regular training and all the admin that comes with it. Not only have I loved the planning and training that goes into these events but just watching the students play and have so much fun,” Meg added.
It can be very daunting to jump into a university degree straight after high school. Because you have not yet had the opportunity to explore what you are passionate about, accompanied by the added pressure of it being such a large commitment. A university degree is a minimum of three years of study and most young people have to take on HECS debt to be able to afford it.
“I would recommend this traineeship to any young person as a pathway, straight out of school. I believe the best part of this opportunity is that it has helped me decide what I want to do in the future. I wish others would take opportunities like this rather than just rushing into things just because they feel pressured to do so,” Meg said.
By completing a traineeship with AFL SportsReady, Meg has been able to experience first-hand what it is like to work in education. This opportunity confirmed that she was on the right pathway and has provided her with all the necessary skills to become a qualified teacher.
“I commence my university studies in February 2023. I am very excited to be starting this and believe my traineeship has been great at preparing me for this next chapter.”
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IMAGE: Meg Macumber, AFL SportsReady Trainee