After living in the United Arab Emirates for most of his childhood, La Trobe Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) graduate Randall Simmons took a chance and moved to Australia’s heartland of sport to pursue a career in the industry.
“I selected La Trobe because of the quality of its Sport Management course, and the opportunity to learn about sport management in the capital of sport was hard to pass up on.”
Gaining expertise with organisations such as Melbourne City Football Club, Carlton Football Club, the Victorian Olympic Council and the North Melbourne Football Club, Simmons made an immediate impact.
Simmons performed duties in a number of roles and across various departments including hospitality, delivering community programs and volunteer training.
“When I moved to Melbourne, I made a conscious decision to get as much sport experience as possible before I graduated.”
“By volunteering in these organisations I was able to gain the experience which most organisations in sport look for and this helped me land a full time role.”
“Sporting organisations look to employ people who have worked in the industry, volunteering is a big box to tick.”
The skills Randall gained in these positions assisted him to secure employment as the Events and Administration coordinator at VicSport immediately after his degree.
The La Trobe graduate was among a wave of applicants for the position, including many from the same graduating cohort as his own. Upon reflection, Randall says it was his volunteering, internships and tailored course work that set him apart from the rest.
“The Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) degree was designed to give us real world experience of what is happening in the industry.”
“From Sport Marketing to Sport Governance, I have been able to take certain aspects from all my subjects and apply it to my role and in my organisation.”
By studying a Bachelor of Business (Sport Management), you could work with La Trobe’s network of sporting partners such as the Carlton Football Club, Melbourne Rebels and Melbourne City Football Club.
This post was originally published on the La Trobe University Intern Diaries Blog.