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July 29, 2020

Career Development: Tom Trbojevic

The Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA) has launched a content series promoting career development opportunities for players and the importance of planning for life after footy.

The Career Development Q&A will each week feature a player who has engaged in meaningful development opportunities away from the field, providing an insight for other players and the industry about their journey.

The content series also highlights academic achievements from within the playing group, many of which have utilised the support available through the NRL-RLPA Wellbeing and Education program.

Part 10 of the Career Development Q&A features Manly Warringah Sea Eagles player and RLPA Delegate, Tom Trbojevic.

Q1 What off field development are you completing or have completed?

I am currently completing a commerce degree majoring in finance. I also work for an equipment finance firm called IFIN Capital.

Q2 Why did you choose this field?

Initially I picked a double degree in finance and economics as I enjoyed doing similar topics throughout high school. I altered this to a commerce degree majoring in finance as it was an easier workload to take on with footy and I am working with an equipment finance broking firm so it was more relevant.

Q3 Did you always have this career path in mind?

No I didn’t, I just followed what I enjoyed through high school and it has lead me here.

Q4 Have you utilised any support available to players through the NRL-RLPA Wellbeing and Education program?

The support for tertiary education through the NRL-RLPA Wellbeing and Education program has been helpful.

Q5 What plans or goals do you have for post-retirement?

I haven’t really thought this through and hopefully I won’t retire for a while, but I am really enjoying the work I am doing with IFIN Capital. Hopefully I can set something up post-footy there.

Q6 How important is it for players and the industry to prioritise career development opportunities?

It is very important due to the short time span that footy takes up in your life. It is essential to have opportunities post-footy.

Q7 How important is having the support of your coach and football staff when pursuing education options?

It is really important. We are very lucky as NRL players to have football staff such as wellbeing officers that can assist us as we complete our studies. They understand what we need to do to complete certain courses and assist us through any problems we face.

Q8 Was there a time you felt like giving up on your studies and if so, what helped you keep going?

Yeah, there has been but I’m very glad I didn’t give up. My parents were a big supporter of me completing my University course and they kind of pushed me not to give up which is a big reason why I’m still doing it today.

Stay tuned for next week’s Career Development Q&A and check out the first nine articles with members of the RLPA Player Advisory Group and more below!

PART 1: Chris Lawrence

PART 2: Christian Welch

PART 3: Dale Copley

PART 4: Darius Boyd

PART 5: David Gower

PART 6: Blake Green

PART 7: Sia Soliola

PART 8: Russell Packer

PART 9: Chad Townsend

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