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Career Conversations 07:
Industry Insights – Sports Administration

In this session students talked to representatives from fields related to sports administration and found out what types of entry-level positions exist, why people might choose one over the other, what experiences, education and skills are most valued, and where you can find an internship and/or position in this field.



Panelist's Bios:

 Lauren Dickler, Operations and Volunteer Co-ordinator, Tennis Canada

My love of sports led me to my current career, but my love of a fast paced environment and the joy of working with all types of people are what keep me here. Working in sport is more than what is seen on TV. It involves long hours and late nights, but even with the exhaustion, I wouldn't trade my current career for a good night's sleep!

Industry Insights: Sports Administration: Lauren's respone to what skills, knowledge and experience students should be developing throughout their degrees that would make them competitive for positions in this field.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: What Lauren believes makes a resumé stand out.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: How Lauren balances out the demands of her job with the rest of her life.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: What Lauren likes most and least about her job.

 Lawrence Janit, Executive Director, Aurora Youth Soccer Club

I was told to think about trying to combine business and grassroot sports in making a living. Well, 8 years later I continue to say it was the best thing I could have done. Combining my love of business with my passion for the grassroots has made for some very interesting, exciting and unforgettable times.

Industry Insights: Sports Administration: Lawrence's respone to what skills, knowledge and experience students should be developing throughout their degrees that would make them competitive for positions in this field.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: What Lawrence believes makes a resumé stand out.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: Lawrence's response to whether he believes the certificate in Sports Administration at York really gives you a competitive edge in this field.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: How Lawrence balances out the demands of his job with the rest of his life.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: Lawrence's advice on how to become an agent or scout.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: What Lawrence likes most and least about his job.

Liz Maola, Fitness Manager, Goodlife Fitness

I am a Fitness Manager for the Goodlife Fitness Clubs – one of the largest privately held fitness chains in Canada . I work closely with senior staff in developing the group exercise program and keeping member retention.

Prior to joining Goodlife, I worked in the not-for-profit sector, at the Sport Alliance of Ontario as their Games Coordinator. My chief responsibilities included the event management of the Ontario Sport Awards, where the Province elite athletes were honoured.

It was only in my young adulthood that I was encouraged to be physically active. I now have a great appreciation for the relationship between physical health and mental well being, having completed my first ˝ ironman this summer.

My future goals include pursuing my masters in the amateur sport system and development opportunities for elite athletes through non-traditional settings.

I have a commitment to sport and sport development in Canada.

Industry Insights: Sports Administration: Liz's respone to what skills, knowledge and experience students should be developing throughout their degrees that would make them competitive for positions in this field.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: Liz's response to whether she believes the certificate in Sports Administration at York really gives you a competitive edge in this field.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: How Liz balances out the demands of her job with the rest of her life.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: What Liz likes most and least about her job.

Josh Oubadia, Coordinator of Officiating, Canadian Football League (CFL)

For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be involved with sports. I played and watched it as much as I could growing up and I wanted my professional career to evolve around it. Luckily for me I now have a job that I enjoy.

Industry Insights: Sports Administration: Josh's respone to what skills, knowledge and experience students should be developing throughout their degrees that would make them competitive for positions in this field.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: What Josh believes makes a resumé stand out.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: Josh's response to whether he believes the certificate in Sports Administration at York really gives you a competitive edge in this field.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: How Josh balances out the demands of his job with the rest of his life.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: Josh's advice on how to become an agent or scout.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: What Josh likes most and least about his job.

Roy Roedger, President, SDI Marketing

  • President and Owner SDI Marketing
  • Co-founder of Canada 's original Experiential Marketing Agency
  • Married, 3 Children, 2 dogs
  • Graduate of George Brown Post Diploma Sport and Event Marketing program
  • Premier's Awards Nominee 2000
  • Two-time Olympian '84 & ‘88
  • Professional Hockey Player
  • Drummer in rock band - Iron Clad
  • 30 years experience in Sport and Event Marketing
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: Roy's respone to what skills, knowledge and experience students should be developing throughout their degrees that would make them competitive for positions in this field.  
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: What Roy believes makes a resumé stand out.
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: Roy's response to whether he believes the certificate in Sports Administration at York really gives you a competitive edge in this field.  
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: How Roy balances out the demands of his job with the rest of his life.  
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: Roy's advice on how to become an agent or scout.  
Industry Insights: Sports Administration: What Roy likes most and least about his job.  


Questions & Answers

What is the demographic of your amateur tennis players at the grassroots level?


In the field of sports marketing, how important is having an MBA?

What trends do you see in sport related fields and how do you think these will impact the types of jobs new graduates could pursue?

What directions do each of you see your career paths going in the future?

What advice would you like to share with someone just entering this field?