How to start working in sport event management?

Carlos Arguello, student of the Master in International Sport Management, interviews his professor of sport event management, Óscar del Ama.

Óscar, a great professional, tells us that at the beginning, the most important thing is to have flexibility and to be able to work in any department to gain experience and then be able to change to the area you like the most.

Thank you, Óscar and Carlos!

Find out more about the Master in International Sports Management here.

Carlos: Hello everybody, we are here with Oscar, our professor of Sport Event Management and I would like to ask him a couple of questions as an ESBS Master student.

The first one is: what would you recommend to a person like me, who is about to finish his master’s degree, to be able to work in sport event management?

Óscar: That is a good question. The normal thing is first to understand that the industry is an industry that is not structured, it is not medicine or law where you first study, then you do an internship, then you work, then you choose a speciality… As it is unstructured, what I recommend is that you don’t be afraid to access the experiences that you can access, either within the school, with the job board that we have, or from recommendations that come your way.

And, start in any field, start in organisation, start in ticketing, start in finance, start in public relations… and then from there, with that experience, to be able to move around, not to be strict about what kind of initial job you have, but to understand the industry first.


Carlos: Any advice you can give us on how to grow in the field of sport event management?

Óscar: As I said before, being a somewhat unstructured industry, being able to do different things, being flexible in different things allows you not only to grow, but also to move from one place to another. And events have a component, an important component: either there is no time to do things, or there is no money to do things. We need very specific profiles, very resilient, that can withstand complex situations and have the flexibility to do one thing one day and do something else the next. And in that sense, that’s how you normally grow.


Carlos: Thank you very much, Oscar, thank you very much for your time, for your answer, and for your knowledge.

Óscar: Thank you.

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