Many thanks to my colleague Janet Onyia for this really interesting blog post which gives a great overview of some of the many careers in the sports sector. One for those of you who have been enjoying the Rugby World Cup! Rebecca
The recent Scottish Varsity match between Edinburgh and St Andrews and the Rugby World Cup currently taking place across England, got me thinking about the different occupations that feed into staging events like this. This ranges from the PE Teacher who talent-spotted some of today’s rugby stars through to the sponsorship executive who worked on investigating and negotiating sponsorship deals for the events. You can forge a career in event management if you are interested in events, if your ambition is to work in the media, you can become a sports journalist or even, a travel and tourism manager organising tours and logistics for sports teams.
Looking on just one site http://www.careers-in-sport.co.uk/profiles, I came across over 40 distinct career profiles within the sport and leisure industry in areas such as elite sport, community health and the media to name a few. If you are passionate about sport and leisure and it is an area you want to work in, the possibilities are endless and it leads to a rewarding career. The good thing is that you don’t have to be good at sport for the majority of these roles but as with everything else, you need to have an awareness and keep up to date with developments in the sector.
It has been widely noted that the UK is currently in a ‘Golden era of sport’, and you don’t have to look far to see why. Two of the biggest global multi-sport events have been successfully hosted in the UK in the last few years (London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics, Commonwealth Games 2014), and future global sporting events including the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2016 and the IAAF/ IPC Athletics World championships in 2017 will also take place here. It is a great time to get involved in the sport and leisure industry.
Opportunities to work internationally are also available, with Brazil hosting the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games, Australia the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and the 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games being held in Japan.
Working in sport is extremely competitive so get yourself ahead of the game (pardon the unintentional pun) by finding voluntary and/or paid work experience. This can be as part of the Sports Union, local authorities and leisure centres. Take a look at the resources on the Careers Service website for further information on working in this industry – http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/careers/explore/occupations/leisure-sport-tourism/sport.