Meet Sally, who, after 16 years managing vineyards in Geelong, decided to jump in the deep end and give a Diploma of Sport/Diploma of Leadership and Management (SIS50321/BSB50420) a go.
By way of being a Richmond member, Sally had seen the course advertised on various platforms and delved into some deeper research of the program.
With Leadership & Management an “area that I have always wanted to study further”, Sally decided to pursue a career change.
Sport is a cornerstone of Sally’s passions and the opportunity to indulge in that passion whilst furthering her career was one not to be passed up.
Sally is currently completing an internship within the Events’ space, assisting at AFL game days with the running of functions, most notably, the Presidents’ Function.
Sally helps with the layout and organisation of tabling, as well as interacting with guests as much as possible.
Sally speaks of the importance that her role encompasses, ensuring that each guest has a memorable and welcoming experience at the event.
By way of association with the Richmond Football, there is no shortage of marquee events that Sally is privileged enough to work at – and none bigger than the annual Dreamtime at the ‘G spectacle.
Unsurprisingly, this is Sally’s highlight so far.
“The atmosphere was so welcoming and inclusive. I was proud to be a part of the evening.”
Sally says that the course has offered a money-can’t buy insight into the operations of an elite sporting organisation, and the connections and conversations that Sally has created with the Richmond Football Club staff at these functions, as well as in class, are invaluable tools in order to progress her career.
Not one to sugar coat, Sally’s one piece of advice for anyone thinking about doing this course is exactly that.
“Do this course.”
Sally lauds the connections within the sporting industry with “the opportunities it offers, and access to industry professionals”, a unique experience that is hard to find elsewhere.
Sally has also loved the raft of guest speakers that have come to speak to the cohort on Mondays, including, but not limited to, Bachar Houli, Harriet Cordner, and Ryan Ferguson.
Finally, Sally feels welcomed and supported during her time in the course.
“The teachers and mentors are knowledgeable, approachable, and really want you to succeed.”
“I’m loving my time at Richmond Institute, it’s the best decision I have made!”.
This article was written by Andrew, a current Diploma of Sport/Diploma of Leadership and Management (SIS50321/BSB50420) student studying in collaboration with Swinburne University of Technology and the Richmond Football Club.