Top 5 Mistakes Athletes Make in Career Planning
Article provided by Sports Careers
How often have you heard "if only I
could have known!" Well this article provided by
Sports Careers Online has addressed the
top five mistakes athletes make when they set out into their careers and how
to avoid (or correct) them.
1. Following the Crowd: I though since
everyone else was getting jobs in the so-called corporate word, that's what
I should do. Hogwash! Always think for yourself. What do you want in life?
Do you love your sport? Follow your heart, and the money will follow.
2. Do What Your Parents Want You to
Do. The fact is that you can let your parents influence on what your career
would be. But normally you won't realize that what they want doesn't match
what you want until months (or years) later. Always keep in mind your
personal goals and where you want to go in life. Don't let anyone decide
your life for you!
3. Leaving Your Sport Too Early. If
you love or even like the sport you do, why walk away completely? You
probably have a lot to offer beyond winning races or matches. You could even
be involved in some capacity in sports on the side while you slave away at a
desk job and sort it all out. At least you will keep your finger on the
pulse of your sport (and keep your sanity)!
4. Pigeon-holing Yourself. So what if
you studied biology, engineering or English in school? These days, you must
become a generalist in order to get ahead in business. Don't worry about
what you did in the past. It is believed that competing in sports can do (or
has done) more for your career that what was studied in school. Put aside
the myth that you need to be technical or have some specific degree to start
an online business. Just do it!
5. Thinking There's No Money in Sports
Careers if You're Not a Pro. Most entrepreneurs start there businesses
without a lot of money nor extensive experience. But if you have a passion
for something, in this case, sports, and found your niche, you can make it.
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