February 6, 2014

Want To Work At The Olympics?

Did you watch the Winter Olympics opening ceremony? Are you excited to watch the games in Sochi, Russia? What events will you watch? Skiing? Luge? Nordic? Curling? Figure skating? Biathlon? Snowboard? Did you know that billions of people tune in to watch thousands of athletes compete in the Olympics? The real question is – how many people are working at the Olympics? It takes countless workers to make sure the Olympics run smoothly.

Would you want to work at the Olympics? For most people it’s a no-brainer. It’s hard to pass up an an opportunity to be in the heart of the action, surrounded by patriotic fans, working in a far flung region of the world, and be in the midst of an event that only happens once every four years. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.

How many different jobs are there at the Olympics? A few people are in the spotlight, but there are countless others working long hours behind the scenes to make sure the Olympics go off without a hitch. When you’re watching the Sochi Olympics over the next few weeks, keep your eyes peeled for people who work at the Olympics in jobs like:

  • Reporters – Audiences around the world want the latest and greatest news from Sochi.
  • Coaches – Athletes need inspiration, tips, and techniques to be the best.
  • Judges – A trained eye can see the focus, dedication, and flawlessness of an Olympian’s medal winning performance.
  • Athletes – After years of training, these athletes give 110% to see if they are worthy of a Gold Medal.
  • Event Planners – The Olympics are one of the biggest international sporting events. It takes years of planning out venues, performances, wardrobes, menus, villages, and so much more!
  • Resort Jobs – Sochi hasn’t gotten the best press on their hotel situation, but countless people are working at resorts across the region that are dealing with global travelers and diehard fans.
  • Medical Staff – With crowds from nearly every country, it’s important to be prepared for any medical emergency.
  • Cameramen – Every hundredth of a second counts in the Olympics. It’s the cameraman’s job to capture every frame of every event.
  • Security – From crazed fans to terrorist threats, security is a vital component of the Olympics.

Which job would you want? Be sure to watch the Olympics on NBC. Maybe you’ll see people performing some of these  jobs. When you think about all of people who work at the Olympics, you’ll appreciate this event even more. Whether they work the front lines or they’re operating behind the scenes, lots of people are needed to make sure the Olympics run smoothly. The Olympics are such a cool atmosphere and it’s an amazing event to add to your resume.

While it may be a bit late to get a job in Sochi, start planning ahead now for the next Olympics. Many of the same  jobs will exist then. If you want to work at the Olympics, build your resume, get in with the right company, and plan ahead.  Will we see you at the 2016 Games in Rio De Janiero, Brazil or the 2018 Games in PyeongChang, South Korea?

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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