When injury put his sporting dreams on hold, Joseph Yigit found coaching to be so rewarding, it inspired him to pursue a career in teaching and study Health and Physical Education at RMIT.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Health and Physical Education)
My advice to future students is to immerse yourself in the program. It gives you the chance to place yourself above the competition for a teaching role, with the key skills to make a positive impact from day one.
During secondary school, I was all set to study and play volleyball in Canada. Unfortunately, I developed a lower-back stress fracture that sidelined me for over eight months in my final year.
During rehabilitation, I started coaching younger students and I felt that I could relate to them, perhaps in ways other coaches couldn’t.
It’s a satisfying moment when students begin to believe they can do something they couldn’t previously. This motivated me to pursue a career in which I could help students realise their own abilities every day.
I chose to study at RMIT for the strong emphasis on practicality, teaching in different concepts and the overall professionalism of lecturers and staff.
Participating in the Assessment and Mentoring Program (AMP) has been the highlight of my studies. I got to spend time with second year students, providing feedback and guiding them with their lesson planning, teaching practice and developing professional habits within their first secondary school placement.
The AMP program allowed me to develop professional relationships, while working closely with lecturers and acquiring key skills to apply in a full-time teaching environment.
We used many different facilities within RMIT, including equipment in the exercise science labs and physical education equipment. In addition, we used technology in lectures to simulate lessons and emphasise key points that help within real-life teaching situations.
The program is fantastic for exposing students to work experience in the form of teaching placements. We were thrown in the deep end within the first semester of first year, completing placements in both primary and secondary schools, including government and independent schools. RMIT has fantastic connections with many schools across Victoria and provides each student with the best possible environment to develop attributes to take into the workforce.
I’m currently working as a beach volleyball head coach at Western Region Volleyball. My aim is to implement a volleyball syllabus/curriculum and provide specialised training programs to student-athletes throughout the school year. I’m also involved in the Junior Development Program, which runs volleyball clinics in primary schools across the western suburbs of Melbourne.
My greatest achievement in the role is helping develop 15 student-athletes who were selected for the state team, and two who were selected for the Australian team. This success has led to roles as both Victorian beach state team coach and assistant-development coach for the Australian program.
Before graduating, I accepted a teaching position at a Melbourne independent school as a physical education and mathematics teacher. In the future, I aim to take on leadership roles within a school community while continuing my coaching career.