Fancy working at the Olympics? Choose the right course to get you there!

Monday, May 21, 2012 12:00 AM

Christine Buccella, Project Director at bestCourse4me, gives some tips on Olympic-related careers

You'd be forgiven for thinking the Olympics was all about athletes and their coaches, but an army of people are working to make sure the 2012 Olympics is a spectacular and memorable event. The chance to work on the London Olympic and Paralympic Games is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and if you want to work on a similarly exciting, large project, you might be surprised at how your course choices and subsequent career could enable you to make an event like this come together.

In large scale events like the Olympics, there are many people working to make sure that the Games are inclusive and reach out with the right messages. This includes event planners, translators, data analysts and engineers, amongst many more. If you want to work for an exciting project like the Olympics, you have to research the kind of roles that would be useful in large scale events and it might just inspire you to look at your existing or a new career differently.

I've pulled together some of the roles which are vital in carrying out such a huge event. It's always important to look at what degree course is the right one to take, which university to attend and what graduates tend to do and earn after a particular course to make sure you make the right call in choosing a career and any course. bestCourse4me has details on employment and earning outcomes for graduates depending on which university course and career they select. Visit to see how you can match a career with the right course and university.

Sport is what the Olympics is all about and those who work in fitness and sport related roles, like physiotherapists commonly start out with degrees in Sports Science. At bestCourse4me you can compare the average starting salaries of graduates from different universities who chose this route.

Protection and security at the Games is vital but don't just think burly security guards. Protective service officers can expect to work on coordinating the security by working closely with the venue management and law enforcement agencies and needs an understanding of security planning and experience of an operational management. Many starting out in this career have a business studies degree, with many other having studied computer science and operational research at university.

Branding is fundamental to making the Olympics stand out and be instantly recognisable. Marketing the Games effectively relies on the combined work of marketing managers, designers and copywriters. The all-important branding, including the design of Wenlock and Mandeville is the work of designers and brand managers. Brand managers often have degrees in marketing or brand management and advertising. Making sure the cute mascots are used only by those authorised to do so is also the Brand Protection Lawyers job. Law is offered as a degree at universities across the country and it's important to do your research into what jobs graduates go into after they graduate and how much they earn from different types of Law courses at different universities. You can find all this information at, which can help you to decide which university is right for you.

Not everyone associates IT with something as exciting as the Olympics, but a host of different specialists are needed to coordinate an event like the Olympics. Roles include Torch Relay Management Information Analyst and Telecommunications Programme Analyst, which involves help to ensure the smooth running and delivery of the technological hundreds of people communicating with each other at Games-time efficiently and effectively.

The one big asset you could have when considering working at an event like the Olympics, is project management skills. Experience in project management gives you the edge in a number of different areas of the Games, including managing stakeholder relations, which covers every aspect of planning and delivering the Games to make sure everyone gets the most out of the experience including spectators and clients. To look at some of the profiles of people working at the Games click here. Which course should you study to get into project management? Project management can be undertaken beyond any number of different degrees, although it particularly lends itself to business and administration, and you can undertake courses as part of post-graduate study.

Communications and stakeholder relations are equally important and you could work in government relations on the Games if you have a background in public affairs. Starting out in public affairs commonly involves a degree in politics and government. By visiting an online course and careers information site like bestCourse4me, you can find out what politics students eventually do for a career and how the salaries and employment compares when they study the course at different universities.

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