Dec 15, 2019 - 07:02 AM
Hey Ana, great question! Personally, the Olympic Games has provided me with a career of amazing experiences and in the first instance I'd say be patient and persistent because it is so worth it!
With a combined total workforce of approximately 200,000 individuals required to host and stage a Games, there is certainly a role to fit just about everyone. However, I guess here in lies one of the challenges, with so much variety in the positions, it is necessary to be super focused on the job you want.
Once you are clear about what would like to do, it will make it much easier to align with one of the 90 odd different functional areas (departments) in order to build your strategy. In many ways it is no different to making any job application, if you have the skills, experience and can deliver, soon enough the opportunity to secure your dream job on the Games will present itself.
Another approach and certainly one many of my colleagues have taken is via the volunteering route. Having "past Games experience" is often seen as a bit of a stumbling block for most first timers, however, one of the best ways to fill this "experience" gap can be as a volunteer. Volunteers are often placed in roles that fit their skill set, qualifications and/or profession. And in the Games context, having gained experience as a volunteer will speak volumes of your commitment and willingness to become part of the delivery team.
I hope this helps and if you have more questions please just ask!