There’s never been a better time to work in sports. With the expansion of sports networks, greater emphasis on fitness, and the rise of data analytics and technology, the industry is booming with possibilities. The question is, are you ready?
If your dream is to work for your favorite sports team or organization, but you’re wondering how to get a job in sports, we’ve got you covered. We’ve ironed out steps to help you set goals and land the job you want.
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4 Essential Tips to Finding – and Landing – A Sports Job
1. Know Your Goals
Before pursuing a career in sports, it helps to research the different career options available to you. Are you interested in becoming a coach at a high school or college? Maybe you’re more interested in sports marketing, sports management, or public relations? Or perhaps you enjoy working with numbers and analyzing data? Whatever your passion or calling might be, the sports industry offers a variety of jobs – allowing you to find the perfect fit.
If you’re just starting out, think about what your interests are and what types of jobs not only seem exciting but are worth pursuing based on your particular career goals. You’ll also want to consider some of the following:
- Salary – How much do I want to make? and What is the average salary for that type of position?
- Education – Do I need a degree, and, if so, what kind?
- Experience – What type of experience do I need to land a job I’m interested in?
- Travel – Do I want to relocate or travel often?
Taking the time to narrow down your list of sports career options can help you set the proper goals. And can help guide you on the right path for success.
2. Get the Right Experience
Many of the jobs in sports available do require some form of degree or certification, although some do not. If you want to pursue a career in sports that requires ample education and experience, be clear on what that is ad develop a path to attain it.
For example, for many popular sports careers, a sports management degree or certificate is required. Having it is a huge plus for employers looking for the right candidates for their position. However, other jobs require a Bachelor’s degree or even a Master’s degree for specific majors to apply. Going for a job you are ill-prepared for based on taking the wrong courses could cost you the job you want.
Also, consider obtaining more experience through sports internships and entry-level positions. Having any of these on your resume are key indicators that you’re passionate about your career and will work hard to achieve your goals – a definite plus with employers.
3. Network. Network. Network.
These days, if you want a job, you need to network. It’s all about who you know. If you’re serious about pursuing a job in sports, you’ve got to get out there and start meeting people – like now.
Be sure to attend conferences, reach out to your teachers and professors, and even build-up your LinkedIn profile and get engaged. Join groups and meetups. If you decide to pursue a sports internship, make your presence known. Ask questions. Shake hands with important people. Doing this will increase your chances of landing the right job because you talked to the right people.
The key to starting off is selling your brand. Exude confidence. Stay on top of industry news. Be that person people remember. The rest will fall into place.
4. Understand the Industry
Loving the game isn’t enough. You’ve got to get it. I mean, really understand it. The camaraderie and pursuit of excellence. The teamwork and passion of the game. In some fields of work, you’ll be working alongside a variety of sports organizations and teams. In others, you’ll work closely with a specific sport. In either scenario, you’ve got to know your stuff.
Continually educate yourself on the industry. Watch the sports networks and follow the right blogs, especially as they relate to the field you are pursuing. Understand what’s changing and what’s trending. The more you know about the industry, the more successful you will be.
Start Pursuing Your Dream
If you want to pursue a career in sports, take advantage of all of the job opportunities out there. Begin with a plan – laying out your goals and doing research to ensure you’re on the right path. Apply for internships and take on some entry-level work as it relates to your field. Shake hands with people and get social. And stay educated on what’s going on in the industry. Doing so will ensure you find – and land – your dream sports job.