Making it internationally
James Willocks got more out of his Study Abroad experience than he ever could have imagined - including securing his dream job and meeting his wife!
I 100% recommend this experience: look at where it gets you and the opportunities it presents.
In what he describes as "a tremendous experience", James Willocks has secured his dream job as a result of a Study Abroad opportunity.
While studying for his Physical Conditioning programme, James was offered the chance of a lifetime to complete part of his studies in the United States and undertake a one-year internship coaching athletes at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New England.
“It is this hands-on experience - delivered on by Otago Polytechnic - that my previous university study lacked," he says. "I actually got to do the work rather than just learn about the theory. It was a privilege gaining real-world experience and seeing the students that I coached grow as athletes and as people."
James has since been offered a permanent job at Dartmouth College - and, he has now married an American woman he met while on exchange.
During his time abroad, James got to explore a lot of the United States. He visited Texas and Ohio and every state on the East Coast from Maine all the way down to Florida.
“I 100% recommend this experience: look at where it gets you and the opportunities it presents. The professional and personal relationships you create last a lifetime."