The ability to network with both peers and lecturers is a big plus
Why did you choose to study postgraduate Sports Media at UTS, and what do you enjoy most about the course?
I really wanted to gain the formal knowledge of sport as a business and the Communication/Media side of things. I wanted to see how the industry can use these tools to encourage more women and girls into sport from both an athletic and administration perspective.
I love being around like-minded classmates. I have been able to apply the healthy discussion around a wide variety of topics and the hands on learning from the course into real-life projects (ie, podcasting and digital journalism).
How has your passion for sports helped you in this course?
It definitely helps to be passionate about the material in order to keep interested and disciplined. We are learning about such a wide scope of sport as a whole, which makes it fascinating learning about all areas and how they flow into the bigger picture of sport as an agent for change.
How do you handle the work-life-study balance?
I gave up full-time work to concentrate on this graduate diploma, with the plan to hopefully gain employment at the end of it. I work around my study time, as its the #1 priority for me at the moment. I work freelance and part-time in sports marketing and content production as well as coaching sport in high schools just as a way to break up my day!
Its also important to keep playing sport during this course, as a lot of real world learning is possible and can help with local volunteer organisations.
How has the course benefited your career?
The course has helped me immensely. I directly applied what I learnt in first semester in the subjects Digital Sports Journalism and PR to when I went to Canada with the Australian team for American Football World Cup in June. I was able to use my interviewing skills for content to promote the girls and the sport. I received some great job opportunities as a result.
The ability to network with both peers and lecturers also is a big plus for this course as you never know who will see your work and like what you are about!
Is there any advice you can give to future students who are looking to study Sports Media, and to enter the industry?
This course gives you such an overview of the industry and the different facets of sport as a business, as well as teaching you what prospective employers are looking for. Even if you aren't sure what you want to do but know you want to be in sport - this is the perfect course for you.
Stay focused and don't be afraid to express yourself. What you choose to take from this degree can only help you break into the industry!
Do you have any student work (such as published articles, podcasts etc) that we can share on the UTS website?