Vicsport offered students unique insights into the Victorian sport industry through its event ‘Standing Out From The Crowd’ at La Trobe’s Bundoora campus on Monday 16 May. This was organised in partnership with Pam Kappelides, Practicum Coordinator for Sport Management (Bundoora and Bendigo Campuses).

The presentation provided La Trobe third-year sports management students the chance to hear from a panel of four knowledgeable speakers from the Vicsport Professional Network (VPN). The panel was attended by 80 students.

Students were first given four 10-minute lectures from Alexis Carydis (Graduate of Sport Management Program 2 years ago/National Pathway Coordinator, Netball Australia), Bronwyn Madigan (Owner/Director, Event Dynamix), Grant Cosgriff (Executive Director, Triathlon Victoria) and Angelique Lele (Operations Manager, Sportspeople) who stressed the importance of upskilling, teamwork and networking when entering the workforce.

The audience was then broken into four groups for individual workshops, led by the speakers, who discussed valuable pointers aimed at maximising the students employment chances following the completion of their degrees.

The panel was then available for questions and networking following the session to provide further insightful industry knowledge and answer any specific queries the students had. Lecturer for Sport Management at La Trobe, Pam Kappelides, said events like “Standing Out From the Crowd” allow her students to gain ‘real life examples’ from people working in the field. “Bringing people out to students, who are currently in the industry makes them start to think like graduates rather than students,” she said.

“It makes them realise they need to start thinking about how they’ll go about getting jobs.”

“Vicsport gives them an edge because not every degree does this… La Trobe students get exclusive access to these events to expand their skills and knowledge.”

The VPN is a membership program that provides professional sport development and networking opportunities specifically for Sports Administrators. Vicsport are one of many organisations who have sport partnerships with La Trobe University, aimed at creating meaningful educational, research, social and community outcomes through sport.

Watch the highlights from the speakers’ presentations in the clip below: