Ryan Scott's involvement in sport extends greater than most. As goalkeeper for an NPL Top Division soccer side, Bentleigh Greens, he understands the appeal and potential of the field, but also what it means to work hard.
Sport is often considered more than a game and, for Ryan, it represents a chance at a positive future. When away from the pitch, Ryan has embraced the classroom; realising that a role in sport has many options and just as many job streams. "My passion for sport has transformed into different areas and the media is certainly one of them. I have been able to use the skills I gained at my local clubs," he says.
Holmesglen's sports media course has provided an outlet for Ryan to explore his interests and develop his career path. In his final year of study, he is enthused by the opportunity to take his new knowledge into the workforce.
"The course is designed in a unique way, giving students the opportunity to work with real life organisations but also learning all the practical and theoretical skills required for the media industry. Coming to the end of my studies, I believe I am job ready," he says.
In preparing students to enter the the field, the sports media course includes an internship component in the third year of studies. Ryan has already worked in areas of marketing and content for VAFA clubs, which include Oakleigh Amateur Football Club and West Brunswick Amateur Football Club. Now, he hopes to increase his portfolio. During a sports media industry day, Ryan was able to meet with key organisations such as Fox Footy, Football Victoria, Cricket Victoria, and AFL Victoria.
"I have been able to use my skills at my local clubs that I have been involved in, which has benefited them and also developed my skills. Our industry day, where we had internship interviews, was a defining point for me."
Ryan understands well that a qualification presents many things. It allows him to continue to chase his soccer aspirations, while having academic recognition to support his professional pursuits.
"If all goes to plan, I will have a professional career in football before turning to the media post career."