Internship Reflection: Jirra Moffatt
This year, Jirra completed two placements: at Athletics Australia and the AFL Footy Means Business program. Both placements were organised through the Murrup Barak Indigenous Undergraduate Work Integrated Learning program (IWIL) The IWIL program was piloted this year with a focus on STEM students.
My name is Jirra Moffatt, I am a Gunai Kurnai man from east Gippsland where I was born and raised in a small country town called Bruthen. I am currently studying a Bachelor of science in which I am majoring in physiology with the aim to ultimately become a physiotherapist.
This semester I was involved in the science and technology internship subject which allowed me to gain valuable work experience in a field that I could possibly work in one day.
I was lucky enough to be involved with two different work experiences – the first of which was at Athletics Australia. There I was able to gain insight into the other side of the sporting world which is sports administration. Although it wasn’t directly related to what I want to do in the future it allowed me to gain a new set of skills that are still transferable. I was able to learn and build on a new set of soft skills that have allowed me to grow my self confidence
My second placement was with the AFL Footy Means Business program in which I worked directly under a physio throughout a range of trainings and a full game of football. This gave me a direct view and experience of what I would love to do in the future whilst gaining valuable insight into the different requirements of the job and pathways available. The highlight of this experience for me was the ability to assist in the strapping and preparation of the players whilst then running water for the teams on the hallowed turf of the MCG.
Overall, both of these opportunities were amazing for me as not only did I gain valuable insight and skills to possible future career paths, but I also got to meet some great people and contacts that I will continue to use for the years to come.