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Sports producer and Ole Miss alumnus offers hands-on training and career advice

Posted on: September 14th, 2017 by drwenger

Alumnus and sports producer Terry Ewert visits the Ole Miss campus to talk sports and careers. Photo by Pepper Taylor, Sept. 14, 2017.

As an Emmy-winning sports producer, Terry Ewert has worked for NBC, CBS, and the Big 10 Network. He has overseen or produced the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Super Bowls, the Master’s, NCAA basketball tournaments, and many other sporting events around the globe.

The 1973 Ole Miss graduate met with students and faculty, offering his take on how to get into a career you will love.

“First, you have to have internal clarity,” Ewert says.  “That sense of knowing what you want whether that’s a certain place to live, or your focus is on starting a family or on getting to a certain position within a particular company.”

Ewert said those still in school should study psychology as every job is collaborative, and it’s also important for students to take a business or accounting class so they know how to handle their own finances.

“Get an internship.  It’s always better to be on the inside,” Ewert says, “Brand yourself.  Be ready to network.”

Finally, he says anyone hoping for a career in sports has to do one thing.

“Know sports.”