1. What did you study, and did you want to work in the sports industry specifically?
I studied Sport and Exercise Science (BSc) for 4 years at the University of Bath. This included a year in industry where I completed physiology and video analysis placements. I have always wanted to work in sport but the sector I was aiming for changed from sports science to sports media thanks to deltatre’s Graduate Scheme.
2. How did you hear about Deltatre?
In my final year of university I took a look at the university’s careers page. The featured advert at the top of the list was promoting the deltatre Graduate Scheme. I quickly filled out my application form as the deadline for applications was that day. I just remember thinking that the opportunity described in the advert sounded fantastic and I would be silly not to apply.
3. How did you manage to get on the grad scheme at Deltatre and what was the process to getting this opportunity?
A few weeks after filling in the application form deltatre got in contact. I had been shortlisted for the graduate scheme. I was asked to do a short phone interview and attend an assessment day. I was a bit nervous about the assessment day but I needn’t have been. Everyone was very friendly and I got to chat with lots of existing members of staff. They set mini challenges so I could try out the different software we use here. At the end of the day we were asked to do short group presentations and I had an interview as well. Shortly after this I was told I had got the job!
4. What does your day look like? And what have you found the most interesting?
There’s no such thing as a typical day at deltatre! So much depends on what sports events I am working on that there’s never a “standard week”. Recently I have spent a lot of time managing a commentary service for UEFA Champions League & Europa League football matches. I also do a lot of video editing and streaming for European Tour golf tournaments. Recently, I was a graphics operator at the Invictus Games in the Olympic Park. The work is so varied that I never get bored and there’s always something to challenge me.
A highlight of 2014 was travelling to Nassau in the Bahamas to do the photo finish operations for the World Relay Championships. It’s a hard job but someone has to do it!
5. How important do you think internships are to those starting to develop a career in the sports industry.
It’s vitally important to get as much experience as possible so that you stand out from the crowd. Internships are fantastic. You can gain lots of technical knowledge but also work on your soft skills like teamwork and communication. Also, never underestimate the power of contacts. The people you meet wand work with during an internship might provide you with a foot in the door to the industry. They might even offer you a job!
6. Has this opportunity changed your perception of the industry? And what are your plans after this internship?
Sports media has become my career path now. I finished the graduate scheme back in February and deltatre offered me a full time position as a project manager. These days I manage commentators for UEFA Champions League & Europa league matches and get involved in all of deltatre’s video offerings.
Deltatre run a 21 month graduate scheme, aimed at supporting the development of the very best aspiring graduates and allowing individuals to demonstrate a true passion for sport and technology. The closing date for the scheme is the 15th December. You can apply directly via GlobalSportsJobs by clicking here.