Career Change for Athletes

A career as an athlete is something many dream about, but only a small percentage of those who dream of playing a sport actually make that dream come true.

After your “glory days” or maybe after you begin a family, you may consider a career change. Regardless of whether you have an injury that forces you to consider a new career or if you are just ready to get out of the game, where do you begin? What’s your next move?

There are several careers that allow you to be in the sports arena, just in a different capacity. If you are a motivator and love kids, you can consider being a teacher/coach. A career as a high school teacher allows you to motivate and teach kids and you can consider coaching as a supplemental income. Check out Career Spotlight: High School Teacher to learn more. According to ONET, coaches and scouts are in demand.

High School Basketball Team Having Team Talk With Coach

High School Basketball Team Having Team Talk With Coach

 

Do you enjoy writing? Sports journalists who are former athletes are always a favorite among readers. What a great way to share your love of the game and personal experience with others. Check out Best. Job. EVER.: Sports Journalist to read about this cool career. Sports broadcasting is another option in the journalism area. Check out Education Portal to learn more.

LOS ANGELES, CA - June 13, 2014. NBC Sports announcers sitting outside the LA Staples Center before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

LOS ANGELES, CA – June 13, 2014. NBC Sports announcers sitting outside the LA Staples Center before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

A career as an athletic trainer is another option for former athletes. Check out the following sites for salary information and more details:

ONET

ExploreHealthCareers

Education Portal

Regardless of what career you currently have, if you are itching to make a change, examine the following as you begin:

What is missing from what I do now that I want to be able to do on a regular basis? What skills do I need to use on a regular basis to bring satisfaction?

What is it that I do now that I want to continue to be able to do? What skills that I want to continue to use are transferrable to other careers?

What type of environment do I enjoy working in?

What careers match with the skills and abilities I want to use and are also in line with my work values?

A career assessment may help you with these questions. We can help you with an in-depth assessment that examines your personality and desired skills and abilities or you can take a free one here.

Mary Ila Ward

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