National Careers Week | Kasey Brown

Published Thu 16 May 2024

For many athletes, transitioning out of High Performance at the end of their careers can be a daunting prospect. The Australian Institute of Sport’s Accelerate program provides a unique experience for retired women athletes who are pursuing career options in the sport sector.

As one of the 2024 program participants, former World No.5 and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kasey Brown has leveraged the opportunity to further her career development.  

Following her successful career on the Squash Court, Kasey has worn many hats since she retired in 2014, sharing that she has spent time as both a teacher and a psychologist. 

At first Kasey was at a loss on what a career path could look like post retirement. 

“It was challenging in the beginning as you lose a part of yourself and there was the question of what was next?” she said.

“When the crescendo you've been building towards your whole life suddenly ends, you have to tap into your values and who you are without being a professional athlete.” 

“It took some time but I had wonderful support from my family and I decided to continue studying and did a Masters of Teaching. 

“I taught primary school for a few years and then got a scholarship to do a Postgrad Diploma in School Psychology and currently work in a number of schools as a psychologist. I've also just finished my internship for the National Register of Practitioners.”

Kasey has used her practical experience as a catalyst to apply for the AIS Accelerate program to learn more about career opportunities. 

“The program incorporates professional development in areas such as career action plans, learning pathways and building professional networks. 

“I’ve learnt more about myself because of the Accelerate Program, where I am now, and what might come next.”

The Accelerate Program has allowed Kasey to discover her next step in career development is to further her studies. 

“I am open to new opportunities that come my way but I want to continue learning, whether that's a formal or an informal course of study, and be in a career that helps others,” she said.

“I love that the AIS has roles in Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement that provide guidance and resources to athletes and focuses on mental health and professional development; it might be something I decide to pursue in the future!

Click here to read more about National Careers Week.

 


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