Path to Success Through Cadetship

Path to Success Through Cadetship

Embarking on a path marked by passion and purpose, Ben Cooper, a proud Wiradjuri man, stands at the intersection of academia and professional aspiration. Currently pursuing a degree in Sports Management at La Trobe University, Ben has embraced the enriching role of Indigenous Programs Officer through a coveted cadetship.


In this insightful exploration, we delve into Ben’s motivations, the dynamic facets of his role at the St Kilda Football Club, and the profound impact he envisions for his future in the sports industry. Ben’s narrative serves as a beacon for those contemplating a cadetship. Offering a firsthand glimpse into the power of merging education with hands-on experience.

Why did you take on a cadetship?

“I thought the cadetship would really benefit my Uni course. Also, to know that I would be working in a sporting environment. As well as getting my foot in the door into this industry was really appealing to me.”

What is the best part about your role?

“Pretty much everything about my role is amazing. Working at an AFL Football Club is even better than I imagined. The people I work with are supportive and great company. The facilities and offices here at St Kilda Football Club are just awesome.

In my role I get to work with young kids who don’t know much about footy so I teach them all about the game. Seeing their face light up when they kick a ball for the first is probably an absolute highlight for me as well.”

How do you think the cadetship will benefit your future?

“There are so many benefits in taking on a cadetship but I guess the main one for me is the fact it will help me get a head start for my future in sports. I get to study Sports Management and at the same time work two days a week in a sporting club. So, after I finish uni, not only will I have a degree on my resume, but I will also have experience in sports and that will surely get me ahead of the game.”

What’s your advice to someone who is thinking of taking on a cadetship?

“Go for it! I couldn’t recommend it enough. I have loved every minute of this opportunity. It’s a huge bonus for your career and at the same time you get to work and learn in an industry you love.”

In conclusion, Ben Cooper’s cadetship journey embodies a seamless integration of passion, education, and professional pursuit. As a proud Wiradjuri man studying Sports Management at La Trobe University, Ben’s role as an Indigenous Programs Officer at the St Kilda Football Club highlights the dedication and the transformative power of hands-on experience. His story encourages aspiring individuals to seize the opportunity, underscoring the significant career boost and invaluable experience that comes with this journey. Ben Cooper stands as a testament to the boundless possibilities when education meets real-world application.

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