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I was lucky enough to be a professional rugby player for 12 years. I left school with a contract, captained my country to a junior World Cup victory, played for the Springboks and found a home with a club in England whose values resonated with me. I captained Saracens to a premiership title in 2015 and was involved in a team that won back to back European Cups. This admittedly sounds like a good old fashioned bout of self-congratulatory...
I don’t have to tell you that January is quite the kick-starting month. Exhibit A: Have you noticed how packed your gym suddenly gets every January due to fitness-related resolutions? But it’s also a big time of year for careers. See, plenty of us have just spent the holidays reevaluating our goals (and having to talk about said goals with judging family members). As a result, we enter January feeling motivated to make a...
Athletes know a thing or two about how to achieve goals as a team. As the typical job interview evolves, job seekers may have more opportunities–and more reasons–to rethink the ways they talk about their experience. In some cases, that includes what counts as experience. Athletes unite around the concept of achieving a goal; it’s in their DNA. This is especially true for recent graduates, people switching careers, or...
Once you announce that you’re looking for a new gig, unsolicited job search advice is inescapable: “Video CVs are the future!” “Go back to school!” “Talk to my cousin’s best friend’s son, he knows someone who used to intern there!” While all of the people sharing job search advice like this are well-meaning, they’re usually not career connoisseurs — just friends and...
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an activity at work that you really wished you hadn’t agreed to? Maybe you ended up joining the company softball team, even though you hate sports and are embarrassed by your inability to throw in a straight line. Perhaps you became the organizer of all of the office birthday parties because no one else would do it. Or, maybe you picked up the slack yet again and ended up staying late for...
No job is impossible to get when you have the right mindset. Due to my background, the most common question asked of me is, "How do I get a job in sports?" Most people believe that getting a job in the sports industry, my area of expertise, is next to impossible. They commonly think sports are one of the most hyper-competitive spaces or verticals that exist, and that getting a job is a massive undertaking. They are taking the wrong...
We are a pretty extraordinary generation in that we seek jobs that  fulfil  some philosophical part of us, whether that means helping people or making a difference in the world. Translation: We don’t want work to feel like work, and that’s a fairly modern concept. No longer do we focus solely on supporting our families or having a roof over our heads—we also want to find personal meaning and satisfaction in our...
Facing retirement from your sporting career can be tough, but knowing what to expect can make the transition easier. Here, we highlight the challenges that athletes may face when they finish competing . All athletes have to face the reality that one day their sporting careers will end and they will have to begin a new chapter in their lives. Some may reach retirement sooner than others – New Zealand’s Julie Brougham was...
First of all, confidence is an internally-generated resource, not external. Don’t let the limitations of your previous role cloud how you feel about yourself or convey your worth. If you know you’re capable of doing more than fetching coffee (and I know you are!), then you need to walk into that interview room with the confidence and command that says so. How do you do that? Use these tips when readying...
Unlike so many other questions you have about your career, this one’s not quite as easy to Google. (Or—shameless plug—to look upon Jobaround Athletes) The good news is, you’re not alone—in fact, I’ll guarantee that everyone has pondered their career path, finding their passion, or what they're meant to be doing at some point. And luckily, many of them are willing to share their advice. If...
In such a highly competitive job market, even the savviest job seekers are bound to make mistakes. Though some mistakes are easily forgiven, others can end up costing you the job of your dreams. To help you avoid potential pitfalls and make sure you impress (rather than annoy) your dream employer, we’ve rounded up the top blunders that grate on the nerves of every hiring manager. Keep reading to find out what could be holding you...
For athletes who have no interest in the so-called typical retired athlete careers, starting a business might be the best option. Many professional athletes have commented that they don’t necessarily enjoy the spotlight, so adopting a lower profile in retirement becomes more of a priority. There’s no business like your own business… Working for yourself might seem like an appealing option, but it isn’t...