Graduate profile

Jason-Cole-Sport&Ex.jpg Student: Jason Cole
Graduated: 2012

Jason Cole made such a great impression while interning at the Manawatū Rugby Union, he landed a full-time job before he finished his degree.

Jason completed the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise majoring in Management in 2012. Jason was the top Undergraduate Sport Management student of his class winning the prize of a 21-day course with Outward Bound, a once in a life time opportunity to build the skills and confidence to succeed in life (before, during or) after study.

"Doing well in the practicum class means there are a lot of places you can go and I’m trying to do that now. This new job is a fantastic experience."

Today he is the Community Rugby Administrator for a regional rugby union.

He says the third year sport management practicum (with his internship set up by the University) was vital as it’s now where he’s employed full-time.

"It gave me the opportunity to prove myself in the work force. Without it, I believe it would have been harder to get into the sporting industry."

While the degree was challenging, Jason says the lecturers, experts in their field, were supportive. And they are still in touch.

"I found them very approachable. Many of them are still open to any questions or advice that I seek now and I frequently exchange emails with them. My Massey experience was awesome and the campus is stunning."

He says Palmerston North was the ideal location to study with plenty of sport and social opportunities on offer.

"They are everywhere and really easy to get into if you want to get out and about and the ease of access to all of these made it simple to balance study and leisure. Palmerston North is just the right size if you’re coming from a small town like I did."

His job today is varied and includes event management, community engagement events, ITM Cup planning and delivery, volunteer recruitment and supervision, website management, digital design and social media management.

His tips for success? Get involved.

"You get out what you put in and there’s no substitute for hard work. Make sure you get out there and volunteer, study hard and have fun. Take opportunities to volunteer, as it’s an investment for the future."

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