For mother-of-five Amy Ella, a passion for helping people was the motivation to pursue further study at Southern Cross, when her youngest child started pre-school.
At 32 years old, the Tweed Coast local enrolled in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, with the thought to pursue Physiotherapy, then decided to instead continue with the Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.
“I want to help people who are living with chronic conditions, to help alleviate their pain. About one in three people are living in pain, so there’s a huge need in the community for treatments that can assist,” said Amy, who has now secured fulltime work as an exercise physiologist at Club Active Tweed Heads.
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“Using exercise as medicine is a very rewarding job to be in – it was a career path that sounded appealing to me.”
Amy says her journey back into study as a mum-of-five had its challenges, but through the constant support of Southern Cross University lecturers and clinic staff, plus the backing of her family, she couldn’t be prouder of what she’s achieved.
“To come from not believing in myself, to now finishing this degree while being a mum, it’s a massive confidence booster for me, and it’s done wonders. I’m just so stoked to be done and it’s an amazing feeling. There are no words to describe how I’m feeling – ecstatic obviously.
“Southern Cross University Gold Coast has amazing fresh new facilities such as the new Move Room, and it’s given me plenty of opportunities to be very hands-on in the labs and in the clinic on campus treating clients where I’ve learned a lot.”
For International postgraduate student Priscila Cezar, studying her combined Master of Engineering Management and MBA at Southern Cross, meant she could further her career while making the most of the incredible campus location overlooking North Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast.
“I studied my Bachelor of Civil Engineering in my home country Brazil and I wanted to pursue postgraduate study to expand my leadership skills and give me more career opportunities in management, and one day own my own business,” she said.
“Southern Cross has a really good international support team, which I love most about the University. They’ve cared for us so well throughout 2020, and the University community has become like my family.”
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