While at university, your dedicated careers service can be useful tool in helping you be as prepared as possible for graduation. However, an argument can be made that to break into the sports industry, you need specific industry knowledge and understanding that the broad focus of a campus careers service will struggle to provide. Therefore the question must be asked: Is the university careers service the most useful resource you can use to prepare yourself for a sports career, or is there room for additional services that can provide you with the knowledge and understanding you need to break in?
The university careers service provides a good opportunity to sharpen general skills that a broad range of employers will look to see from you in the future. For instance, CV advice can be vital in ensuring your resume gets noticed among the myriad of applications that an employer will receive. In addition, interview and group exercise workshops can prepare you for those kinds of application processes. However, sport is unlike many other industries in that the application process is so competitive. Many people passionate about sport want to work in the exciting, fast paced world and as a result, successful applications will need to demonstrate capabilities above and beyond the general advice that careers services will provide. To this end
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In particular, making connections to current sports industry professionals can be a way to demonstrate your desire and networking ability, and help you in gaining specific industry knowledge. To this end, your university careers’ Alumni Service may be able to put you in touch with people within the sports industry. However, this requires your university to have maintained contact with a significant number of alumni working within the sports industry at present, which will not always be the case. The limitations of careers services mean that there is a clear space for additional careers resources, specific to the sports industry, which can provide the best insight for individuals looking to break into the sports industry.
GlobalSportsJobs provide careers resources including weekly articles and video interviews from key decision makers and thought leaders from within the sports industry, as well as careers advice articles that build on sports-specific knowledge. Showing a deep knowledge and understanding of the key issues surrounding the industry today will go a long way to convincing potential sports employers that you are different from the raft of other applications they have received. Being able to give opinions on these subjects can transform the interview from an employer vs student conversation to one of a business conversation, which will improve their perception of your candidates.
In addition, hopeful sports professionals should make use of social media, which provides an additional opportunity to hear the thoughts of important decision makers and interact with them yourself. Creating a network for yourself can only increase your chances of being noticed, and standing out when it comes to applying for the job you want.
Therefore, we believe that while university careers services can serve a useful purpose in gaining the basic skills which develop employability, it is additional sports-specific resources that will give you the greatest edge and the best chance of success.
In conclusion, the university careers service is a valuable resource and these tips can help you make the most of what they can offer:
• Use multiple channels
• Do not rely only on career services
• Sport is a specialist industry that requires specialist resource
• Quality of career services varies as with their knowledge of the business of sport
• Preparation is key and industry knowledge is valuable
By making use of these services, you make sure you are as prepared as possible to impress sports industry professionals, and have the best chance of developing into one yourself.
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