Where are you currently employed?
I work with the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans.
What was your major/degree(s) at Springfield College?
Bachelor of science in sport management
Reflecting on your education at Springfield College, what would you cite as the most impactful experience?
My required internship was definitely the most impactful experience on me academically and professionally that I had while at Springfield College. However, I would also cite the willingness of the professors within the Sport Management Department to sit down with me and discuss my goals, aspirations, and how hard they worked to do what they could to help me achieve them. This was another impactful experience that gave me a sense of direction and purpose while I was in school, and I am confident that I would not be where I am today without that. This was an experience that I feel students at other colleges did not receive and I feel fortunate that I had so many people take an interest in me and do all they could to help me out.
How did the career center assist in your transition from being a student to a professional in the workplace?
It helped me the most in three aspects:
- Networking and making the right connections
- The job search process
- The interview process
The career center helped me to narrow my job search to specific jobs that fit my skillset and experience. This helped me to find the organization that I would be able to fit into and contribute to right away.
What advice would you give to recent alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
The most important advice I could give is to meet as many people in the industry as you can, and always follow up after you meet them. Be sure to make a strong and lasting first impression, because you never know when you will cross paths with someone you meet. It is a small industry where everything seems to come full circle.
Another piece of advice I would give that really helped me when I was in school is that you need to get as much relevant work experience as possible while in school. Whether it is volunteering for an event, or going out and finding summer internships in between semesters--it is critical that you have a strong list of work experience on your resume that you can elaborate on during a job interview. These experiences will also help you with networking and developing professional relationships with those who can help you find a job upon graduation.
What would you say to a student who is considering a career in sport management?
Sport management is a great career to pursue and I would recommend it to anyone who has a passion for sports and for business. The sport industry is full of unique and exciting opportunities that few people get to experience; however, you need to approach it with the right attitude and expectations. You must have a passion for both sport and business because you are running a business first and foremost. It is not a very glamorous lifestyle, but it is both fulfilling and rewarding.
Define your career path and future aspirations.
Although I have not been out of school for very long, my career path has taken me many places and given me many great experiences. Most of my job experience has fallen in the sport marketing category, however I have spent time working in sales, and event management as well. I now work in corporate partnerships for the New Orleans Pelicans, which focuses on creating and managing strategic partnerships between the team (The Pelicans) and businesses on a regional and national level.
My future aspirations include continuing to work in sponsorship and to hold a director’s position in five to 10 years.