Are you using your time to benefit your career?
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. Therefore, it is never too early to start working on your sports career objectives. Many college students use their free time for social activities rather than working on their career objectives.
It is necessary to position yourself correctly in the sports industry to succeed. If you use your time effectively to get ahead, the payoffs are worth the opportunity costs. Always remember that lost time is never found again.
It is fundamental to gain experience, build networks and to allow your inner passion to create your drive for success in the sports industry. Experience increases your wisdom as well as your marketability and is something that you can acquire with little or no effort.
For example, it is easy to obtain a part-time position in the athletic department at your college/university or to do some volunteer work for one of the professional teams in your area. This will provide you with valuable and practical knowledge necessary to market yourself throughout the sports industry. Not only will the experience make your resume more attractive when pursuing careers in sports, it will also provide your network with something to assist them in helping you to obtain a position.
Networking is creating interconnected systems of individuals that are linked together by a common goal. This will create a network of people to contact in pursuing your career aspirations. Your personal network is built upon the people that you interact with while working for the athletic department or a professional sports organization. You will find that your network consists of many individuals that have sports opportunities just waiting to be realized. This is the key to finding a position once you get out of college. The great thing about building such a network is having someone to turn to when you are in need. The accessibility to these contacts contributes directly to your success.
There is only one way to be successful and that is to spend your life the way you desire. If sports is your passion and you are confident that you possess the appropriate skills and knowledge to be successful, the only thing that can halt your progress is by not being positioned correctly in the sports industry. Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do bigger things well too.
The sports industry can be discouraging to those individuals that either don’t have the passion for sports or that have not positioned themselves appropriately in the industry. The bottom line is if you have gained the necessary experience, built solid networks and have gone the distance to obtain a position in the industry, then you are on the road to victory.