Kasey Symons always loved writing and sport – but it was only after she completed a cadetship with the Western Bulldogs through VU that she knew she wanted to work in sports administration. Experience with the Bulldogs was instrumental in her gaining a management position in the Australian Football League (AFL) industry and pursuing a PhD at VU.
"I’ve always been passionate about sport and writing – while completing my cadetship with the Western Bulldogs, my love for sports administration was ignited! I was able to experience a different way to combine my passions and this helped frame my career.
I began studying at VU in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts, went on to complete with honours in 2013, and am currently undertaking a PhD, looking at gender performance in female fans of AFL. I’m also working full-time with the Bulldogs as their Commercial Marketing Communications Manager. In the past I worked at AFL House and St Kilda Football Club. All up I’ve been employed in the AFL industry for six years now.
While at VU I built strong relationships with my professors and lecturers and had the privilege of meeting so many wonderfully talented people who assisted me both academically and professionally. They gave, and continue to give me, so much of their time and knowledge to help me achieve my goals. It’s such an amazing feeling to have that level of support behind me! As well as all of this, the support services staff helped me prepare my resume while I was studying – and the template they gave me is one I used to apply for my AFL roles.
Thanks to VU I’ve been able to bring together my loves of writing, literature, academia, education, and sport quite seamlessly – and have been able to find and pursue a career that I love. I’ve had access to fantastic facilities, resources and faculty members who are at the tops of their fields. I have fallen in love with studying at VU – it’s been ten years since I commenced and I’m still enrolled!"