Get a real insight into whether a traineeship is right for you. Join AFL SportsReady alumni as we explore the reasons why a traineeship is a viable and worthwhile post-school option. From job satisfaction, to job security and helping you find your passion.

This series is not only for young people. This is a great opportunity for parents to learn about the program and to discover that traineeships can lead to successful, meaningful, professional jobs – with great salaries and outstanding career prospects.

Having tackled the challenges of COVID-19, many young people have witnessed or experienced first-hand the uncertainty around career paths: with job losses and reduced working hours impacting them, their family and friends. Now more than ever it’s important to understand all the career pathways available to young people.

In this series, we discover how traineeships can prepare you for real-life work, create valuable industry networks and how this career pathway has led many people to rewarding and successful careers.

Over the coming months, we will explore the diverse industries you can do a traineeship in from sport, marketing, business, education and the arts and provide you with an insight into how careers are made through traineeships.



Like positions on a sporting team, competition for jobs within the sports industry is fiercely competitive. This sports webinar looks at the competitive edge three AFL SportsReady alumni had through completing their traineeships. What career journey the traineeship took them on and how it has led to their dream role across various sectors of professional sports clubs and organisations.

AFL SportsReady alumni share how they landed their dream job in sports and how their traineeship was the vehicle to get them there. Register for the webinar by clicking the button below:


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In this webinar we hear from three AFL SportsReady alumni who have made a career for themselves in business. What you’ll learn is that having real-life work experience and a network of industry contacts can be highly beneficial when trying to find a job, and that’s exactly what a traineeship provides you with.

Date: Thursday 12 November

Time: 6 pm AEST (one hour in duration)

Cost: FREE


  • Rory Smeaton (Senior Indigenous Affairs & Diversity & Inclusion Advisor, CBUS Super Fund)

Proud Aboriginal man, Rory Smeaton’s incredible journey to success began when he took on a school-based traineeship at VAYSAR (Victorian Aboriginal Youth and Recreation) and studied a Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation. Rory became passionate about creating new employment opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people which led him to gaining an opportunity at Crown Resorts as Manager of Indigenous programs to now, working at CBUS Super Fund as their Senior Indigenous Affairs & D&I Advisor.



  • Amanda Pozzobon (Fmr Marketing and Content Campaign Manager at Marvel Stadium, Marvel Stadium)

Amanda Pozzobon launched into her career in 2008 when she took on a traineeship with the Hawthorn Football Club and studied a Certificate III in Business. Amanda was offered ongoing employment after completing her traineeship and took on different roles at the club. She went from working in the Community Development department to the Communications and Digital team - an area that sparked her interest. After a string of successful roles, Amanda found herself working as the Marketing and Content Campaign Manager at Marvel Stadium. Recently, she decided to take on a new challenge and is now moving into a career in law.

My traineeship led me to some amazing opportunities within the sporting industry, working at other sporting codes and ultimately my role at Marvel Stadium.”


  • Lisa Wilford (Financial Officer, SkyCity Adelaide)

Lisa Wilford’s career started back in 2014 as an Events Trainee with the Port Adelaide Football Cub, where she studied a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation. Lisa worked at the Club for four years where she took on a variety of roles, including; Events Assistant, Commercial Operations Coordinator and then Commercial Analyst before joining Ticketek Australia as their Client Services Manager. Lisa has recently been offered a new role at SkyCity Adelaide as their Financial Officer.



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We hear from three alumni working in very different industries and roles. We explore how a traineeship can lead to a pathway in teaching, a Community Manager at Yves Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani and even working for a 6 x World Championship winning Formula One team.

Date: Thursday 17 December

Time: 6 pm AEST (one hour in duration)

Cost: FREE


  • Sam Rattray (Physical Education TraineeCamberwell Grammar School)

Sam Rattray took on his first traineeship in 2019 at Marcellin College in Victoria. Working in Marcellin’s Physical Education department, he enjoyed his experience so much that he decided to take on a second traineeship at Camberwell Grammar School. Sam believes his two traineeships not only gave him a valuable insight into teaching, but helped him decide that teaching was the right career choice for him. Sam is heading to university next year to complete his teaching degree.

“I think one of the most important things in a traineeship is that it puts you in the box seat if you are wanting to do further study.”



  • Rachel Krasky (Senior Communications and Community Manager, Yves Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani)

Rachel Krasky started her traineeship journey in 2008 where she worked with the Essendon Football Club and studied a Certificate III in Business Administration. Although her traineeship was in finance, she soon moved into the Community and Communications team and that is where she found her calling. Rachel then worked for companies such as Nike and Converse and is now the Senior Communications and Community Manager at Yves Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani.

“To be honest my traineeship was excellent and one of the best decisions I made in regard to kick starting my career.”


  • Melissa Oberhofer (Partner ExecutiveMercedes-AMG Petronus Formula One Team)

Melissa Oberhofer took on a traineeship at Connors Sports in 2008 where she worked on the Client Services team and studied a Certificate III in Business. Melissa was employed full time post her traineeship and stayed with her host employer for 11 years where she worked her way up the company to become an AFL player agent in Partnerships and Client Services. This year, she took on another exciting opportunity, to work as a Partner Executive at Mercedes-AMG Petronus Formula One Team in the UK.


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“Careers Are Made Through Traineeships” is an initiative of AFL SportsReady and supported by the Australian Government and the National Careers Institute

To find out more about our Traineeship program and the opportunities it can lead to, click here.