Sports Industry blog

December 15, 2015, by Laura Estrop

Spotlight On… Sports Industry

By Gemma Porter, German and beginners’ Spanish student

Gemma went to our Spotlight On… Sport Industry last month. Although a language student, she has always been interested in a career in this industry. Here is her story of how our event inspired her to pursue her goal.

As a final year language student who has just returned from my year abroad and suddenly feels very lost back in the world of studying, I decided that I would attend some careers fairs. The problem is that while a lot of my recently graduated friends are boasting about their graduate schemes they have secured, my first thought was that I could not think of anything worse! The thought of a nine-to-five highly paid office job just does not appeal to me; I have always wanted a career in something that interests me and not one where I am simply pursuing a high salary. Since a very young age I have always wanted to pursue a career in the sports industry, the problem is that since I am never going to be the next Hope Powell or Jessica Ennis-Hill, I thought that this aspiration may be a little ambitious, but when the Spotlight On… Sports Industry event arrived in my inbox I decided there was no harm in attending and seeing what it was all about.

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A degree in sports is not essential

As I arrived at the event I sheepishly walked in and took a seat in one of the small group of chairs that had been set out. I began chatting to the other students sat around me and to my surprise they were all regular students like me, studying a range of disciplines such as law, geography, politics and psychology. Not one of them was doing a degree that was specialised towards sports. This made me feel a little better knowing that I was not as far off the mark as I had suspected.

Variety of backgrounds and routes into sports

The event began with the six speakers, all from different aspects of the sports industry introducing themselves and giving us a quick background about how they had got to where they are. They were:

To my surprise only one of the  speakers had actually done a degree related to sports, and one of the others had actually done a language degree at The University of Nottingham! After a quick introduction from the speakers we then had a ‘speed dating’ style session where the speakers went around answering questions and offering advice to us in our small groups.

What I took away from the event

For me, the event was really useful and gave me the opportunity to ask questions and get advice on what I should be doing now to get myself on the right track for the career that I want. Most importantly it gave me the motivation to pursue my aspiration and has really given me confidence in knowing that if you want to pursue a career in a certain field, it is not too late to do so! Along with the fact that  doing a language degree I have not resigned myself to be a translator or a teacher. I can take my future in whatever direction I want!

If you are considering a career in the world of sports, book an appointment with a careers adviser who will be able to look into this area with you.

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