How to balance a Sports Management degree & Personal life: Tips from a student

Passionate about sport and business?

Sports Management just might be the career for you.

The Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) at Torrens University equips you with the theoretical and technical knowledge required to operate and manage effectively within the sports management field.

But what does studying Sports Management actually involve, and is it possible to balance it with sports practise, work and life?

Third-year student Jordan Turner can tell you exactly that. Jordan was raised and still lives with his family in the leafy suburbs of Sutherland Shire, in the south of Sydney. He’s always loved sports. Growing up, if he wasn’t playing cricket or soccer he could be out kayaking, watching sports on TV or spending time in local sporting groups.

‘I have a huge passion for sport. Whether it’s cricket, football, AFL, NRL, or even overseas games such as baseball: I watch it all. I also enjoy business management, and the behind-the-scenes aspects of sports. Combining the two in this degree just made sense.’ 

Sports Management is a diverse degree with a lot of scope for specialisation.

You learn about all aspects of sports relevant to the profession, from cultural history and community building all the way to business skills, organisational structures and marketing. At Torrens University, you also complete an ‘Industry Consulting Project,’ so you can directly apply your lessons to a real world environment.

“My favourite subjects are my core sports subjects [such as Organisational Creativity and Innovation]. These give me great insight into what I will be exposed to, post-degree. I also enjoy a majority of the events subjects, and I found the accounting subject we had to complete really enjoyable too.”

When he began his studies, Jordan knew he didn’t want to have to choose between continuing to play sports, working and studying.

Use online and on-campus timetable to balance work, life and study commitments.

For him, it’s been really helpful to be able to continue to live with his family, negotiate his working hours, and to be able to complete some of his subjects online. However, he’s still had to figure out a way to manage his time effectively, so that he can balance all of his commitments.

“Outside of study I have a part-time job, and I’m part of my local cricket club, both as a player and committee member. I use my online and on campus timetable to balance my work, life and study commitments.

So far, I have been fortunate enough to select times and days that suit my lifestyle. For example, this term I am undertaking four subjects: two on campus, and two online.

I can complete my online subjects on my days off work, or on half-days of work. This provides me with time to train for cricket, socialise, or complete anything else I haven’t gotten around to, yet.

This freedom has afforded me more time to focus on assignments for university, as well as not overload myself with too many commitments at once.”

Diverse career options await

A Bachelor of Sports Management can lead to a range of diverse and interesting careers, depending on your interests.

You could end up in school and community sporting agencies, events management, marketing, sports tourism, media, project management, health and lifestyle industries or even running your own business!

With all these possibilities out there, what future does Jordan imagine for himself over the next few years and beyond?

“As I have been fortunate enough to maintain a more intense study timetable, I am on track to finish my degree by the end of this year. I’m currently looking at moving straight into my MBA with Torrens, or to complete a short Diploma of Finance in the meantime, before moving into the MBA.

At the completion of the course, I would love to land a job somewhere within Australia that allows me to be directly involved with a sporting team, or sports related business. That could be the wholesale of sporting goods, coaching organisations, or some other form of external sporting business.”

Good luck Jordan! With such a great attitude, we’re sure you’ll find success.

See here for more information about the Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) at Torrens University.

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