In December 2011 I graduated UQ with a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons). I was extremely interested in performance psychology, so immediately after graduation I secured a job at a consultancy and research firm in Milton, Brisbane. I worked there as a research assistant, moving into the role of Project Manager. My job involved helping large corporate and healthcare clients research their organizational culture, presenting the results to the CEO and managerial board as well as guiding them through what their employee engagement results meant for their organization. After doing this job for 2 years I decided to complete Certificates 3 and 4 in fitness and start my own fitness brand under the name of Emma Tarrant Fitness – with a goal to motivate, inspire and educate each and every one of my clients to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
My job involves training 60 clients per week through one-on-one PT sessions and running 3 boot camps (each with up to 50 people). I help my clients achieve results through one-on-one and group training sessions, food plans, training programs and motivational support and guidance.
My psychology degree has helped me immensely in my role as a personal trainer. A weight loss journey can be a very emotionally tough time in the lives of clients. My degree has equipped me with the skills to be able to motivate clients through the highs and lows of their journeys. I use tools such as goal-setting and motivational interviewing to assist clients in achieving their goals. I strongly believe that it is my psychology degree that sets me apart from many other personal trainers who may not have education or experience within the realm of performance or exercise psychology.
In the future I aim to expand my fitness brand and own my own Wellness and Nutrition studio. I would love to combine psychology, nutrition, and sports science to not only help individuals achieve their health and fitness goals, but to motivate, educate and inspire clients to live the healthiest life they can.
My advice to someone contemplating a degree in psychology at UQ is to think outside the box! Having a degree in psychology doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go on to become a clinical psychologist or researcher. Think about the skills you’ve learnt throughout your degree and apply them practically to your passion.