Our EWG Hall of Fame celebrates Workforcers who have graduated from the EWG Academy and successfully gained full-time jobs in the Sports and Events industry.
Operating under the mantra of “Placement with a Purpose”, at the core of everything we do EWG aims to provide students and graduates with industry relevant training, certificates and casual work until they are qualified to gain full-time employment in the industry of their chosen pathway.
We recently caught up with our latest EWG Hall of Fame inductee Ella Scott, Consumer Communications Coordinator at Richmond Football Club, to talk about her pathway towards finding full-time work in the industry.
What did you study at uni and where?
I studied a double degree at Deakin in Sports Management/Exercise Science and following that, an Honours Research degree in Social Media/Sports Marketing at Swinburne.
What’s your position at your company? What does your company do?
Consumer Communications Coordinator, Richmond Football Club
Duration in current role/time at the company?
I’ve currently been in the role for almost 5 months.
What does a typical day in your role look like?
My role is cross-department, so I have great exposure to the design, marketing, comms and digital teams. My role heavily relies on working closely with multiple people as I manage and organise all communications (email, SMS etc.) being sent from Consumer and ensure this fits with the broader Club calendar. I also manage the RFC Membership website and look after any Consumer based research.
What skills did you pick up with EWG?
Teamwork, leadership, communication, problem-solving, and quick thinking!
Describe your experience with Event Workforce Group in 1 word:
What was your favourite shift you ever worked with EWG?
It would have to be working with X Tri at the Weetbix Kids Triathlons- challenging yet thoroughly rewarding! I love operations as well as working event days and these events were the perfect combination. Sixteen-hour days were always made better with an awesome working team too!
What made you interested in working in the events industry?
Exposure to the sports industry. Starting out I knew I loved ‘sport’ but wasn’t sure on what area per se. Events provided me with an excellent overview of the different types of roles that existed and where hands-on experience in the industry can take you. It was through working in the events industry that I quickly started networking with a variety of valuable industry professionals- individuals I still keep in contact with some 3-4 years later.
Is there anything you discovered you didn’t know which you wish you’d been taught at university?
Working in the events industry alone, you’re placed in a number of high pressure and challenging (both physically and mentally) situations. You’re forced to think on your feet, adapt to the situation and always seek initiative. University is well worthwhile, but it can’t teach you invaluable skills like these!
What’s the best thing about the industry you work in?
Certainly the dynamic, fast-paced, challenging and rewarding nature of the industry. It takes a team to operate off the field just as it does on the field- the people, culture and experiences make any dull moment worthwhile. And the most exciting part – there are never two days the same!
What’s your top tip for someone looking to start out working in the sport/events industry?
Never say no! I was fortunate to be exposed to a variety of job opportunities (paid and volunteer) just for putting my hand up. I quickly learned the quote ‘what comes around goes around’ couldn’t be truer- attitude, perseverance and motivation is everything within the industry. Hard work will always pay off and the reward for effort is priceless.
Check out Ella Scott’s profile on LinkedIn to connect and find out more about her experience in the Sporting & Events Industry.