You’re studying at university and will only have a set amount of time left before you’re set free into the working world.
Many students are led to believe that their university degree is the secret formula to a successful career in the sports industry. However, achieving a degree is in fact just the first hurdle among many that needs to be overcome. Historically in sport, the nature of the degree has never been that important in determining what happens after university. To some employers a degree is simply a useful filtering system for identifying potential candidates for a job.
Therefore, career planning in sport comes down to so much more than just where and what you studied, and preparation should start from year one of your degree. Similar to competing at a major sporting event, you wouldn’t rock up without thorough training or having not thought through the whole ‘what if’ process. Treat your career planning with the same dedication, resourcefulness, and determination
It’s tedious but it’s true – preparation is key. Achieving the university grade is only part of the battle. You should treat your time throughout university as preparation for your future career. It’s about researching the industry, knowing where your skills lie and knowing how you can use this to gain a foothold in a sector that is hugely competitive.
There is a self-filtering selection process in the sports industry based around preparation, determination and perseverance. Ultimately there are a wide variety of opportunities and career paths out there in the world of sport but it’s up to you to go out and get them.
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