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This article was written by Deakin Exercise Science and Sport Management Graduate and founder of SportsGrad, Reuben Williams.
After recording over 100 episodes of The SportsGrad Podcast, I have learned a lot about career paths into sport.
Below I have distilled the common ingredients of industry professionals into 8 bite-sized steps.
These steps apply from any starting point. No matter if you’ve just left high school, or are looking to change industries after 20 years.
If something sticks out to you, I’d encourage you to delve into the episode and learn directly from the guest.
The quote: “I made a declaration at the age of 15, I am going to work for the MLS”
The learning: Neel’s life experience made working for the MLS meaningful to him. Because of this, he was able to clearly articulate compelling reasons to them, which landed him the job.
The quote: “Can I be the S&C coach? I reckon we can do this better… Always good when you can make up your own title”
The learning: Nobody at Gav’s grassroots club stopped his initiative because there was no application process. He saw an opportunity and ran with it. This gave him examples to talk about.
The quote: “Come knowing as much about yourself as you can… reference your experience more so than talking about how great you are”
The learning: When you’re in an interview, it’s more compelling to show than tell.
But that’s just one way of selling yourself… how about all year round?
The quote: “How do you stay top of mind from a marketing perspective? My strategy was, I put together a little email blast”
The learning: People will keep a list of candidates in their mind in case they need them. How’d they get there? They were consistently impressive.
The quote: “I met my manager at a going away party”
The learning: Eliza’s relationship with her internship manager was important for her to land the full-time role.
The quote: “When you’re sharing progress through that platform, you’re connecting with people right across the world”
The learning: Exposure for people to know what you’re doing and how you’re doing it grows exponentially online. Send 1 resume, get read by 1 person. Post once to LinkedIn, get read by 1000 people.
The quote: “It’s (the hidden job market) people offering jobs to people in positions because they have historical evidence of what they know they’ve done”
The learning: It’s all based around trust. Then the question becomes, how do I introduce myself and build trust?
Here’s Armaan again…
The quote: “I researched everyone that existed in the partnerships realm and put them in a big excel spreadsheet… then I sent a bunch of tailored cold emails with something unique about them”
The learning: A strong network doesn’t happen overnight or by accident. You have to work for it. But what networking does is: give you a chance.
The quote: “I didn’t necessarily follow my passion, I followed my curiosity. I saw this as an element of a way to express myself, and think and challenge myself in new ways… It’s been a great synergy for me to be successful.”
The learning: Success comes from enjoyment of solving the types of challenges you want to solve. Do this as opposed to what you think you enjoy because it looks cool.
This one’s from me.
In March 2017, after I had just accepted my 7th volunteer role, a friend said to me…
“is this one actually going to pay you?”
I replied with “no, but someday, someone will.”
On the Monday after my final exam, that someone was Cricket Australia, my dream employer.
The learning: You will feel close to burning out, and you might think you’ve just invested 3 years of study and work for no return. Reality is, you are constantly building your capability and potential. The more you invest in it, the closer you are to someone seeing your value. But if you don’t want to leave it to chance, when 600 people apply for a single role in sport, you have to push yourself to be in the top 1%. And that’s not for the faint hearted.
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