A FEW years after the completion of her diploma Carlton College of Sport graduate, Rose Zarucky, reflects on why the College enabled her to kickstart a career in an area of sport she loves.

What is your current role and what does your role involve?
Digital content coordinator – I am responsible for assisting in the coordination of the production and distribution of the Club’s digital content across all platforms.
This includes producing content for the Carlton website and all social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok) and coming up with ideas that will keep fans engaged and informed.
As well as actively creating content, a lot of the role includes long-term planning, identifying digital trends and ensuring that the content is always relevant to a broad range of audiences.

How did the Carlton College of Sport prepare you for this role/full-time work?
At the Carlton College of Sport, I undertook many hours of placement within the digital team, where I learnt what a digital role entailed and whether or not I would be suited to that kind of role.
Having a strong interest in photography and journalism, the Carlton digital team assured me that I would be a strong candidate in any digital sports role, with the team also helping me learn new skills and develop what I already knew.
Without Carlton College, I wouldn’t have had access to this knowledge, experience and wouldn’t have had the benefit of real-life experience.

What was the most important aspect/skill you learnt at the college?
Networking and communication was a big thing that I learnt at CCoS. They taught us how to communicate in a professional manner and how to network with people that would be able to assist within the sports industry.

What is the best advice you can give to current students or people wanting to begin a career in sport?
Keep making connections and always volunteer for work. A lot of the time, an opportunity will come up and if you’re not around for it, you might miss out.

What were you doing prior to studying at the Carlton College of Sport and why did you decide to study with us?
I was studying a Bachelor of Media and Communications but was undecided in what area I would be interested in working in. As a big AFL fan, I thought sports journalism might be something I would enjoy. When I saw that the Carlton College was opening, I thought it would be a great opportunity to see what media was like in an AFL Club and whether it would be something I would enjoy.