Third year La Trobe University Sport Management students have gained a deeper insight into the workings of the sports industry following a field trip to La Trobe‘s industry partners on Tuesday.
Students toured the facilities of Melbourne City FC, Carlton FC, Melbourne Rebels and the new La Trobe Sports Park and listened to presentations relating to the commercial, community and marketing functions of some of Melbourne’s elite sports clubs.
La Trobe University Senior Lecturer in Sport Management, Pam Kappelides, said the field trip was an opportunity for students to not only to get a behind the scenes look at the sporting industry, but also to discuss their career paths with industry professionals.
Kappelides added that La Trobe’s connection with its industry partners provided its students with opportunities to undertake internships and placements to enhance their job readiness upon graduation.
“We have got students at all of our three partners, where they can engage in community programs, commercial programs and (go) behind the scenes of events, so they are able to actually put theory into practice,” she said.
Third year Sport Management student Haylee Jesenek said the opportunity to connect with professionals in the sport industry and gain a greater insight into their day-to-day operations was a beneficial experience.
“It was fantastic to go around and see all the different organisations and how they function, where they get their funding from; it was very informative,” she said.
“It is definitely a chance now to go back and network and see further what industries we want to be in and what direction we want to go in.”
As one of Australia's leading sports universities, La Trobe University offers the largest range of courses with a focus on sport or applications in sport. For more information on our Sport Management degree, head to the La Trobe Sport website.