If you’ve got a head for business but an absolute passion for sports, a career in Sports Management probably seems highly attractive. It’s a competitive industry, but if you have the determination, motivation and talent, there are plenty of avenues open to you. Here’s how to get your foot in the door.
Focus on your work ethic
A lot of people think that the fact they’re a fan of a particular sport will be enough to bring them success in the Sports Management field, however, this simply isn’t true. While passion and background knowledge will certainly help you along your way, you’re not going to get anywhere unless you’re prepared to knuckle down.
Most of the behind-the-scenes side of things will not be glamorous, and it will require you having a strong focus and business acumen to succeed. Remember, these kinds of roles won’t necessarily put you in the spotlight.
Feeling out of your depth about what Sports Management entails? Luckily for you, there are plenty of courses designed to help you understand in depth. At Torrens University Australia, we offer the Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) as well as two levels of MBA Sports Management. We are even able to offer a Diploma of Sport Development to introduce you to the industry.
By studying the industry, you’ll be best positioned to launch an exciting career. You’ll consider the role of sport in communities, business issues that may arise and you’ll cover topics ranging from governance to PR, so that you can see which area suits you best.
Gain work experience
Work experience will show you are serious about a career in Sports Management, and the right work experience will really help you to stand out.
At Torrens University, we are proud of our long-standing partnership with Real Madrid Graduate School (Universidad Europea), which sees students from our MBA (Sports Management) flying to Spain to see the incredible Real Madrid F.C. for themselves. They get an insight into how the club operates on a daily basis, visit stadiums, meet managers and get top tips from industry professionals. Better still, they gain some hands-on experience in a range of departments – which looks incredible on a CV.
In competitive industries, they say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know – and this can often be true in the sporting world as well. Use your work experience placements as an opportunity to get your face in front of the right people, and then actively seek out opportunities of your own. Keep an eye on reputable companies – you never know who may be looking for an intern.
If you’re interested in studying any of our Sports Management courses, contact us to find out how you can kick-start your dream career.
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