Professional sport is great – until it ends. That’s why 460degrees, in partnership with the AFL Players Association, is proud to present the AFL Players Career Pathway Program.
The shock on retiring AFL players is immense. Fans move on, but for the athlete the transition is not so simple.
Building tertiary qualifications whilst remaining dedicated to a professional sporting career is not easy. Most often the shift to begin a post-football career is ill-prepared and ill-equipped, and it’s for this reason 460degrees offers a sustainable pathway for retiring athletes.
The intent behind this program is to provide corporate career opportunities for driven and motivated ex-AFL players who have recently exited the system.
Once provided with an opportunity and a supportive environment the hard-work, dedication, interpersonal skills and professionalism that was required from them in the AFL transfers seamlessly into their corporate pursuits.
After months of hard work, the program was launched in mid-2015 and has been making waves ever since. So far expert skills and training have been passed onto our team of keen individuals, and opportunities through the program are continuously expanding.
When I was given the opportunity to join 460degrees through the AFL pathway program it literally changed my life. From day one the support has been unbelievable. I first started at NAB as a project analyst learner the basics with tools and processes. Once that engagement finished, I was then brought on internally into the Talent team. It was a great grounding for me, learning about the different roles and requirements that our clients needed from us. Once I found my feet I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to become a Business Development Manager and started working closely with our clients, along with finding new customers. After spending over a decade in the public-eye playing football, I have been fortunate enough to build a large network which helps with relationship building. Now as the Utilities account manager, the best part of my job is meeting new people and growing the sector through building trusted partnerships with our clients
Like many, my AFL career was not as long as I would have liked. Always knowing I needed a Plan B for when football ended, I was presented with that situation sooner than I would have hoped. In 2015, 4 years out of the AFL system and part way through completing my Master’s Degree of International Business, I was fortunate enough to meet the team at 460degrees and was introduced to the AFL Career Pathway Program. Within the organisation I was provided with the support to complete my studies and at the same time given an opportunity to get my foot in the door into a highly competitive industry. After a few years now with 460degrees, I have been able to form some amazing relationships and have been given the chance to work and learn from industry leaders. In my current placement, I am working as part of a team delivering world first capabilities to one of Australia’s largest companies. Opportunities like this are invaluable and I am thankful that I was given a chance to be a part of it.