Everyone knows that finding jobs in sports can be a brutally painful process.
What everyone ought to know about breaking into sports is that it can also be a beautiful and fulfilling experience.
Sound crazy? Let me explain…
Let’s start with YOU. You love sports and have a true passion for the business side of things, right? Well, if that’s true then your passion should be the driving force that empowers you to achieve your #1 sports career goal. Here’s how…
Tap Into the Power of Your Passion
Passion is a beautiful thing. When you’re in love with something — and it loves you back — that experience can be incredibly rewarding. However, passion isn’t just a feel-good emotion. It’s also a powerful force. And it’s something you can leverage to your advantage.
Matt Clark (@MattGClark), a Sport Management major, used his passion for #sportsbiz as fuel. He was so pumped, he decided to take on as many internships as he could possibly handle. And he loved what he was doing!
“As a result,” says Matt, “all these internships put me in a position to separate myself from the competition.” Today, Matt is an Account Executive for the Cleveland Indians.
Julia Chongarlides (@j_chonga22) is another person whose passion turned into a profession. As a Broadcast Communications major with a minor in Public Relations, Julia knew what she wanted and didn’t waste any time. She looked for work — paid, or otherwise — and found it. And to hone her craft, she jumped right in and asked for more and more work, which lead to more and more relationships. Today, Julia is an Associate Producer for the Miami Heat.
There Are No Jobs In Sports If You Have Passion Without Action
“Passion” is the most over-used descriptor in the sports career space. As you’ve heard me say many times, “Everyone has a passion for sports. So what?” If you’re reading this, there’s no question that you have a passion for the sports business industry. The real question is this: Are you taking action? We know Ray Lewis always did.
If you’ve ever wondered why some people get cool jobs in sports, while others don’t, the answer is simple. The people landing jobs are those who take action. And by taking action, I mean overcoming fear, or laziness, or whatever is holding you back and taking complete control of your sports career.
Acting on your passion for sports can manifest itself in numerous ways: Volunteering, Blogging, Interning, Informational Interviewing, Networking, Writing, Publishing, Speaking, Creating Events, etc.
There are plenty of ways to get on the path of finding jobs in sports. And there’s one sure-fire way to never get in. And that’s having passion without taking action.
If you feel stuck and don’t know where to begin, I’d love to help you. Just shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll give you a few good ideas to help get you started.