Washington State University’s Sport Management program hosted a career exploration fair in which students had the opportunity to come and listen to alumni and professionals directly involved with the sport management field. The career fair was on March 31st and featured different fields of sport management, the fields ranged from professional sport, minor league sport, recreational sport, as well as college and high school athletics.
The sport management program had two or three different presentations going at a time in different locations, which allowed students the opportunity to choose which presentations to attend. Specifically I attend three sessions, first I and many others had the chance to listen to Mr. Otto Klein who is the Senior Vice President of the Spokane Indians. Mr. Klein’s presentation was centered around the idea of professional sport administration, Mr. Klein has also been in the sport management career field and with the Spokane Indians for 25 years so he was a terrific candidate to allow to present to sport management students.
The second presentation I attended was with Nicolas Prante, DJ Mackie, and Skyler Archibald and they presented on University and Community Recreation. Both Nicolas and DJ currently work for Washington State University and Skyler works for Sunset Parks and Recreation located in Seaside Oregon. All three men gave different characteristics of their jobs and how they differ from the other. Nicolas works with facilities, while DJ works with intramurals and competitive sports, and Skyler works with recreational programming with the Seaside community.
The third and final presentation that I attended was with Andy Barnes and Chris Franklin. Andy works for the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and Chris is the Athletic Director of Pullman High School. Both of them gave background of how they can came into their current position. Also talked about how the two interact with each other on a daily basis.
There was a few more sessions and presentations that I wanted to attend as well as many others at the career fair, this pertained to getting more information from different fields such as event operations, ticket sales, and college athletics. For the future career fairs I hope to see the Sport Management program continue to get excellent speakers as well as try and get in contact with a few more professional sport representatives. This was a popular recommendation in some of my classes. Overall this career fair was a success!
— WSU Sport Management (@WSUSpMgt) March 31, 2017
The Sport Management career fair was a great opportunity to listen and learn from current professionals!