When Doug Agnew finished his business degree, he was offered a job with a solar panel company. He turned it down.
“That’s not why I went to uni,” Doug said.
“I realised I had to refine my degree so I could pursue a career in sport but I had a few worries about doing so. I thank my lucky stars that I did.”
Now the Corporate Sales Coordinator at the Newcastle Knights, Doug enrolled in a Graduate Diploma of Sports Administration at ACPE after his initial degree.
Here he shares three common concerns he had when deciding to seek a new path, and his experience overcoming these worries.
1. Studying online
“At first I was worried about getting lost in an online diploma,” Doug said.
“I was studying part-time, working two jobs and I thought motivation would be a challenge. But the lecturers were happy to talk through exactly I needed to do. They helped me every step of the way.”
2. Getting work
Doug’s second worry was whether he’d get a job after completing his diploma.
“I knew the sports industry was getting bigger. But I also know that sport is as competitive off the field as on the field,” he said.
While he was studying at ACPE, Doug did an internship with the Newcastle Knights through the NRL Business Academy, working in membership for two days per week on a voluntary basis for six months.
“After the internship, I was given the opportunity to continue working on a casual basis for four months or so,” Doug said.
“It was my chance to prove my worth and it was a massive learning curve. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes at a game. I had no idea.”
Doug fitted right into the work environment and is now part of the corporate sales team, catering for new and existing business partners and maximising their corporate game-day experience.
3. Having to relocate
His third worry about pursuing further study was that he would have to relocate. Doug hails from Tamworth, which is in rugby union heartland, but he has always been fascinated by rugby league and has followed the Knights since he was six years old.
“I moved to Newcastle in 2011, fell in love with the place and didn’t want to leave. By studying online I could stay in Newcastle and look for employment here,” he said.
“Luckily it also meant I could take up the internship with the Knights.
“Although the Knights didn’t have the best year last year, I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside people I’ve grown up watching and admiring,” Doug said.
“It’s just been one big highlight.”
Learn more about ACPE’s fully online Graduate Diploma of Sports Administration.