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ECU students and alumni accepted into exclusive industry training program

Thursday, 01 September 2011


Three current ECU students and three ECU graduates have recently been accepted into the Department of Sport and Recreation’s Career Pathways Program, in the respective categories of Student Futures and Emerging Professionals.

The Career Pathways Program gives successful applicants an increased understanding of the industry and develops skills that will increase their capacity to work within the sport and recreation industry.

The Student Futures category of the program is offered to six students each semester enrolled in a sport or recreation related course. Three ECU students, Stephen Anastasiu, Merinda Bishop and Eleanor Cribb, were selected to take part on account of performing well in their studies and being genuinely interested in gaining employment in the sport and recreation industry.

Stephen, Merinda and Eleanor will receive the following package:

  • Attendance at a specialised industry networking event with representatives from sport and recreation organisations
  • Professional development workshops
  • Assistance to complete training and development activities and courses relevant to their personal professional development needs

They will also be required to undertake a volunteer project within the industry of at least 20 hours over their six month program period.

The Emerging Professionals category is for people who have been working in the sport and recreation industry for five years or less, hold a reasonable level of industry knowledge and display the potential to be a future leader. Out of the 10 positions available, three went to ECU alumni.

Our successful alumni, Chris Beech, Ashleigh Davis and Michelle Francis, will be able to take advantage of the following package:

  • Attendance at a specialised industry networking event with representatives from sport and recreation organisations
  • Professional development workshops on a variety of topics
  • Assistance to complete training and development activities and courses relevant to their personal professional development needs
  • Attendance at an industry conference
  • A mentor for the duration of the program

As part of the program, they will also undertake a volunteer project within the industry of at least 40 hours, and prepare a short report and presentation on their volunteering experiences.

Recent Bachelor of Sport Management graduate Michelle Francis, who is currently working as the Club Development Officer for the City of Canning, is delighted to have been accepted into the Emerging Professionals program.

“When I applied I had only four months experience under my belt and I really thought I had no chance of being selected. The application was full of tough questions that really made me think about what I want to achieve in the future. By applying all the skills I’d learned through my units at ECU, and the knowledge I’d gained already in the sport industry, I was able to research and explore each question so that when I was finished all areas were covered and a strong application was produced. I was thrilled to be one of 10 chosen, and I’m really excited and can’t wait to start this program,” she said.

Michelle, Ashleigh and Chris will complete the Emerging Professionals program while working in the industry, over a period of 10 months.

More information

For more information on the Career Pathways Program, visit the Department of Sport and Recreation.

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