Are you somebody who just can’t get enough of sports? Are you one of the people who like to paint their faces for their local rugby game, or set their alarm for 3am so they can watch the FIFA World Cup?
If you’re someone who is passionate about sports, then maybe it’s time to consider a career doing exactly what you love: a career in the sports industry.
Working in the sports industry doesn’t just mean being a professional athlete; there’s a crazy number of jobs that are sports-related. Sports media, sports coaching, sports marketing, sports administration, sports sponsorship, sports education, sports science, sports physiology, sports development… sports anything and everything really. Whatever your other passions and skills, you’ll likely be able to tie them into a career in the sports industry. Interested in teaching? Look into being a PDHPE teacher.
Try being a sports presenter or writer. Have a passion for medicine? Work in exercise medicine. A career in the sports industry can suit just about anybody, so long as they’re a sports fanatic and are up for the challenge to work in a fast-paced, competitive, but ultimately incredibly rewarding field.
Did you ever see Jerry Maguire? Well, it’s kind of like that except there aren’t as many attractive Hollywood celebrities and romantic subplots. Life in the sports industry can vary greatly depending on which area you are working in, but generally speaking you will be working with and around like-minded people who too have a passion for sports. You will often work around professional or high-performance athletes, thus the healthy-living mentality will be prevalent among your clients and colleagues, and something that you should value. You will need to be motivated and hard-working, but most of all you need to love what you’re doing if you’re to succeed in the industry. You might have to put in a little more time than the rest, you might have to go the extra mile every now and then, but if you’re passionate about it then what’s the hassle?
You don’t have to look very far to find people who are fulfilling their dreams working in sports. In your everyday life, you can probably identify many: the sports reporter on your morning news show, your gym instructors or personal trainers, your PE teacher, your physiotherapist, your favourite athlete. When you start to notice them, you’ll probably begin to realise that you know a lot more people than you thought who work in the industry, many of whom would be more than happy to sit down with you and have a chat about what their job is like and what they love about working in the sports industry.
There are so many opportunities to follow your sports industry dreams, but it is also a highly sought after career choice, which makes it a rather competitive industry. As more and more people are trying to get involved in sports, degrees are becoming increasingly more vital to obtaining a career in the industry. In recent years, many universities have increased their cut-offs for degrees such as Exercise and Sports Science because they’re in such high demand, but don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom. Establishments such as the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) don’t partake in the UAC system, and prefer to look at your experience as opposed to your grades. ACPE has a host of sport-related degrees, all specific to the area of the sports industry you want to work in. Say you want to work in sports marketing, then you could undertake a Bachelor of Sports Business at ACPE. If you wanted to be a personal trainer, then you could head along to the ACPE Academy and get Certified in Fitness. There’s a whole range of degrees that will cover just about any career you want, so do some research and plan out the best path into your sporting dream-job.
The best way to pursue your passions and work in sports is to get some experience! Coach your little brother’s footy team, volunteer at your local sports club or take up internships where you can. It’s the only way to know for sure that sports is the right place for you.
Sport is a way of life, so why not make it your career too? If you want to love what you do with a job that rolls work and play all into one, then working in the sports industry will be the best decision you’ll ever make.