Introduction: How to Work in the Sports Industry

Transitioning into the sports industry requires a strategic and proactive approach. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate this exciting journey and seamlessly integrate yourself into the dynamic world of sports.

1. Develop a Holistic and Interdisciplinary Understanding by Enrolling into Graduate Program in Sport Management and Technology

To thrive in the sports industry, understanding its multidisciplinary nature is crucial. Equip yourself with a holistic and interdisciplinary perspective by pursuing an academic degree. AISTS (International Academy of Sports Science and Technology) offers sports management graduate programs uniquely combining sport management, human sciences, and technology.

Founded by world-class academic institutions such as EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), IMD, EHL (École Hotelière de Lausanne), HEC Lausanne business school, Lausanne’s University, and Geneva’s University, this program ensures a best-in-class and relevant education. Experts from various sports sectors contribute to our sports management graduate program, helping you build expertise and skills tailored for your future career.

Sport management team in the office
Equip yourself with a holistic and interdisciplinary perspective by pursuing an academic degree.

2. Network with Professionals in the Sports Industry

Networking is fundamental to entering the sports industry. Establishing connections can open doors and provide valuable insights. AISTS, located in Lausanne, the Olympic capital, is surrounded by many world-class sports organizations such as the IOC, UEFA, and international federations.

Here’s how you can build your network:

  • Attend Industry Events: Participate in sports conferences, workshops, and networking events in Lausanne. These gatherings provide an excellent opportunity to meet professionals, learn about job opportunities, and gain exposure to industry dynamics. The Career and Leadership Development course (4 ECTS) at AISTS helps you build a strong profile and find the best path for your professional journey.
  • Join Online Communities: Participate in online forums, social media groups, and professional networking platforms dedicated to sports management and technology. Engage in discussions, share your insights, and connect with like-minded individuals.
  • Informational Interviews: Reach out to professionals for informational interviews. Learn about their career paths, industry experiences, and gather advice on breaking into the sports sector.
Field hockey women team atmoshpere on the court
Hands-on experience is invaluable in the sports industry.

3. Gain Practical Experience in the Sports Industry

Hands-on experience is invaluable in the sports industry. Actively seek opportunities to immerse yourself in the field.

  • Volunteering: Offer your time and skills to volunteer at sporting events, tournaments, or with sports-related organizations. This not only provides practical experience but also expands your network.
  • Client Team Projects: Collaborate with other students on projects that simulate real-world scenarios. Work on consulting projects, business plans, or technology initiatives related to the AISTS sports management graduate program.
  • Internships: Secure internships with sports organizations, tech companies in the sports sector, or sports agencies. Internships offer firsthand experience, exposure to industry practices, and the chance to apply theoretical knowledge.
  • Workshops and Certifications: Attend workshops and pursue certifications relevant to sports management and technology. These add credibility to your profile and enhance your skill set.

By adopting these strategies, you can position yourself for success in the dynamic and competitive field of sports management and technology. Remember, persistence and a proactive approach are key to making a mark in this exciting industry.

Experience the world of sport in the Olympic Capital

Participants attend several full-day workshops throughout the programme to experience sport. These sessions are delivered by the sport organisations and federations themselves and provide a unique hands-on experience and well as an ideal opportunity to connect to our alumni and experts working in the industry.