How to start your career with a sports degree

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Sports industry careers are diverse and filled with significant potential for graduates wanting to explore future employment opportunities

Roles in sport include sports journalist, media coordinator, sports marketing officer and work in related fields such as communications, sponsorship, athlete management, and events.

Holmesglen’s sports degrees – Bachelor of Sports Media and Bachelor of Sport Business – provide a link between study and career opportunities.

This means that students get real-world learning and industry engagement.

A compulsory 228-hour internship program is a key feature of both sports degrees, with students gaining invaluable work experience, networking and a tangible start to their career. Holmesglen’s internship program has connections with Herald Sun, Fox Footy, SEN1116, Melbourne Stars, AFL Victoria, Cricket Victoria and Basketball Victoria, and more.

Zac Jennings, Zoe Lorenzin and Laurie Moody are three graduates who used a Holmesglen sports degree to find employment.

"The beauty of the internship program is it prepared us all for the real world. It opened the door to a world of industry networking, allowing us to build professional relationships with experts, which is extremely beneficial when applying for jobs,” says Laurie.

What can you learn with a sports degree?

Both the Bachelor of Sports Media and Bachelor of Sport Business are designed with career outcomes in mind. They share similar major study areas, including social media and sports marketing, but provide flexibility, depending on a student’s chosen career path.

The Bachelor of Sports Media teaches four main study pillars:

  • Media
  •  Journalism
  • Communications
  • Sport

"The course covered so many different skills, areas and topics. It truly set us up in the best way possible for entry into the workforce,” says Zoe.

The Bachelor of Sports Business teaches across four main study areas:

  • Sport management
  • Commercial sport
  • Sports media
  • Sport development

What jobs can you get with a sports degree?

A sports degree can lead to a variety of jobs, across a variety of industries. Our graduates have used their qualifications to enter different sports industry roles.

Zac Jennings – Digital Content Producer, Hook Media

Zac is gaining social media, digital marketing and content creation experience in his current role, which he secured following his internship.

"Once you get into the real world, that's when you really start learning. The teachers were always communicating and always taking time to help you achieve your success."

Zoe Lorenzin – Commercial Services Coordinator, Hockey Australia

Zoe works across digital and social media, marketing, commercial services, sponsorship, and events.

She says her course taught her how to critically think, problem solve, work in a team, and be creative.

“As I’ve moved into the workforce, those have been the skills that have helped me the most and continued to provide opportunities in the roles and skills I take on.”

Laurie Moody – Events Assistant, Amy Gillett Foundation

Laurie Moody completed an internship with the Amy Gillett Foundation and then gained employment. He describes his role as hands-on and creative.

Laurie supports event management and will use this experience to pursue a future career goal in sports governance.

“Be open to all the possibilities this course has to offer. You may begin your first year with the vision of becoming a commentator then three years later, you will have gained such a broad skill set that you will have a whole new outlook on your career path.”

Find out more about the study and career opportunities available to you at our sport courses page.

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