Mufaro scores a gig with the Kangas!
In an all too familiar scene, growing up Mufaro Muneri had no idea which career path to choose. He considered his options and seemed set on becoming a plumber, however deep down he knew this wasn’t the future he wanted.
Now one year on from completing an AFL SportsReady traineeship, Mufaro’s career has exploded. After starting out in the North Melbourne Football Club’s (NMFC) Multicultural Development team, his stocks continued to rise and was encouraged to do a second traineeship with the club.
“I was considering doing an apprenticeship but then mum told me about this opportunity. It was perfect because I got to work in the sporting industry which is something I’m passionate about.”
“I also got to learn on the job skills and meet new people.” Mufaro added.
As the NMFC’s Multicultural Development Officer, Mufaro visits local multicultural schools and teaches young international children and their families about Australia’s most popular sport and its importance in Australian culture.
“AFL is such a significant sport in Australia and especially in Melbourne, so to go out and teach multicultural communities about the game was so rewarding because the kids were so excited and were keen to learn all about it.”
Mufaro noticed major changes in himself as a result of the traineeship and saw himself at a level he never thought possible.
“I felt so much older than my friends and saw myself grow and develop into someone with big career goals ahead of me. I got to learn about new cultures and meet new people and these are the sort of factors that helped me become increasingly confident and more mature.”
Mufaro’s experience with AFL SportsReady has been memorable, however when pressed to identify a traineeship highlight, the excitement in his voice is clear.
“It sounds funny, but wearing the official North Melbourne Football Club uniform and mingling on a day to day basis with the players has been a real stand out for me.”
“I never made it as a sports person but doing this traineeship with AFL SportsReady was the next best thing, when it comes to wanting to work in the sporting industry, this is as good as it gets.”
When Mufaro’s 12 month traineeship was drawing to a close, the NMFC recognised his passion and commitment and persuaded him to continue his traineeship and do a Certificate IV in Sport Development. It was a dream come true for Mufaro, marking the next chapter in his exciting career in sport.
“The traineeship has taken me to places beyond my dreams and from being completely unmotivated about my career I now can’t wait to see where I will be in the next five years!”
Mufaro offers the following advice for those considering their future career path.
“Jump on board, I guarantee it will the best thing you will ever do, the greatest opportunity you ever take and the most incredible journey of your life.”
Just like Mufaro you too can work in the AFL.
Visit the AFL Industry Courses page to find your pathway into the industry or jump on our AFL SportsReady's job board and check out our latest opportunity at Hawthorn Football Club.
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DATE: Thursday 30 July 2015
ARTICLE: Marissa Pagliarello
IMAGE: Mufaro Muneri at this year's Victorian graduation ceremony