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The “Should I Pursue a Sports Career” Test

I don’t know about you, but taking tests in school wasn’t one of my favorite college pastimes. However, tests are important because they let you know where you are in terms of your mastery of the subject you’re studying. Plus, some tests can also help you make educated decisions.

 If you’re considering a career in the sports business industry, but aren’t 100% sure it’s the right field for you, I recommend you take this simple “True or False” test. This test is far from scientific, but it will help you determine if a career in sports is something you should pursue.

 True or False:          I have a deep passion for sports.

 True or False:          I’m interested in learning about the various careers in sports.

 True or False:          I’m more interested in the sports business industry than any other industry.

 True or False:          I can see myself working in the sports industry.

 True or False:          I’m willing to compete with others to break into sports.

 True or False:          I’m interested in discovering new resources that will give me an edge over the competition.

 True or False:          I’m willing to get out of my comfort zone in order to market myself for a job in sports.

 True or False:          I would strongly consider working long hours with a small salary for the right kind of job in sports.

True or False:          I’m willing to invest my time, my energy and maybe even my money to break into sports.

 True or False:          Landing a job in sports is my #1 career goal.

 If you answered “True” to all of these questions, then you should, without a doubt, pursue a career in sports! However, if you answered “False” to any of them, or have any reservations, or any hesitation, I recommend pursuing a career in a different field.

 The sports industry is one of the most competitive industries there is, especially for entry-level jobs. You have to be aggressive. You have to be willing to compete and to market yourself. You have to learn to power through rejection and have resolve.

 If you’re truly passionate about sports and have a burning desire to work in the industry, then you will accept those challenges and embrace the process. After all, you’ve accepted the challenge of attaining your college degree and have even paid the price ($100,000 or more!) … for what? To sell insurance? Or copy machines? No!

 Your college degree has the power to unlock the door to the sports job of your dreams. But it is you that has to knock. It doesn’t work the other way around.

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(Side Note: I have some good friends in the insurance business, and they do very well. I meant no disrespect to them or anyone in that business, but only to illustrate the barrier to entry for sports is more daunting than other fine careers.)

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5 Responses to The “Should I Pursue a Sports Career” Test

  1. SteveatGameFace May 28, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Originally posted on Linkedin…

    Lewis – I’ve reviewed Mr. McKinney’s test. I found it very simple and lacking purpose. What exactly am I supposed to learn from taking that test? Or was it not meant for sports professionals like me?

    Please don’t get defensive. I like the idea. I’m just not sure we are there yet. I really want to understand.

    Frankly, I’ve been in the shoes of job seekers from every imaginable perspective – undergraduate sports management student, graduate student, intern, entry-level worker, I’ve moved across the country for my career … twice, … but I digress…

    As a former sports job seeker myself and as someone who is on the front lines assisting entry-level people everyday, I just don’t understand the value or purpose behind this test. I’m eager to listen and understand Mr. McKinney’s thought process. Thank you for the time it took you to read my thoughts, concerns, and opinions. Rest assured I will show you the same respect.

    Steve Masterson

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