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5 Ways to Pursue Sports Careers

Saturday May 31, 2014

My latest post is a two part look at approaches for pursuing sports careers.  Part 1 examines sales, networking and graduate school and the impact each of these can have on launching a career.

Part 2 continues by discussing how to build a brand and an emerging trend of teams' using contests as a way to identify potential employees.

I hope you enjoy both articles!



Graduation Season Career Advice

Friday May 30, 2014

In the throes of graduation season, the latest post was inspired by the commencement address at Sonoma State this year, Adam Braun.

Mr. Braun is the founder of Pencils for Promise, a non-profit in the international education space.

The post is based on just one of the many themes he addressed in his speech to graduates: passion.

Is passion enough to launch your career in sports? Be sure to read the post to find out!

Two New Interviews on Sports Careers

Friday May 30, 2014

Two new interviews have been posted to the site, featuring sports professionals explaining their current roles and offering suggestions on developing a career in sports.

First is Steve Mest, Associate Athletic Director at St. Bonaventure University.  I got to know Steve during my time teaching at St. Bonaventure (2000-2002).  The interview explains the different roles an Associate AD plays within an athletic department and how Steve interfaces with the league offices, too.

The second interview is with Shawn Jenkins, a trainer and strength and conditioning specialist.  While Shawn was my high school teammate in basketball, the interview explains how playing collegiate baseball led to his current career decision.

I appreciate Steve and Shawn taking the time to answer the questions and provide great career advice.  I'm certain that you'll enjoy both interviews.





Digital Media in MLS Gets Spotlight

Wednesday May 14, 2014

A new article featuring an interview with MLS Digital Sales Executive Peter Amador deserves your attention for several reasons.  First, digital and social media (along with data management and analytics) are some of the best areas for new opportunities is the sports space - and elsewhere - for people preparing for a career or looking to transition from their current roles.

Second, Peter does a great job of sharing how jobs in other fields led to his role in digital.  And you may be able to use his narrative as a template on how to garner the right roles that can lead you in that direction.

Finally, there is also a link in the article that will lead you to available jobs in MLS, whether digital is your goal or you are exploring a different position.

Happy reading!



ESPN Career Chat - New Post

Wednesday May 7, 2014

Yesterday, ESPN held a Twitter chat using the hashtag #ESPNCareers.

I followed up with this article that offers some insights into the chat.

Additionally, there are links embedded that will give you ideas for other Twitter chats that can enhance your Sports Careers.

And the article ends with an analogy I use regularly: how is training for athletic competition similar to managing your own career search.  I think you will find the similarities striking!  Happy reading!  RC

How to Handle a Career Curveball

Monday May 5, 2014

LinkedIn is having contributors write about when their career's reached a fork in the road - or to use their term - were dealt a professional "curveball".  That is, something unexpected that altered the course of a career.

As a LinkedIn contributor, I posted my story about a dramatic change that occurred to my plans while in graduate school.

And I was also inspired to add a piece about these curveballs on the Sports Careers page, dealing with the topic from a different perspective:  How can you be ready for a career curveball, when you don't know when it will be coming?

It takes preparation, a strong network and the ability to stay calm at a moment of turbulence.

Be sure to read all the details so you are ready to hit a home run when you see that curveball!


New Sports Education Venture Launched

Tuesday April 29, 2014

Earlier today, I posted an interview with Lou Imbriano who is the instructor for the first class launched by the Sports Business Academy.

The educational landscape is changing, and this online sports education portal is just another example of how online education will potentially alter content delivery and accessibility.

Be sure to read the full interview with Mr. Imbriano, who brings a diverse background in industry (as former CMO of the Patriots) in addition to academia (faculty role at Boston College since 2007).

Three Sports Careers Articles Highlight the Week

Sunday April 27, 2014

My first week leading the About.com Sports Careers site is in the books.  To start strong, there were three interviews and three articles are published.  Here is a quick summary of  articles:

A welcome that includes what to expect on the site - and a bit of my background.

The second piece shares how to leverage attending a conference to propel your sports career.  It also includes my experience at the recent Stanford Sports Innovation Conference.

And the third article introduces the 1o Commandments of Sports Careers. It is an interesting read that you'll want to re-read over and over.

Thanks for reading this week and look for lots of great content in the near future.

First Week Sports Careers Interviews at About.com

Sunday April 27, 2014

It is has been a week since I first started posting to the About.com Sports Careers site.  And it was a productive week!  Three interviews and three articles are up to start you on a successful journey toward career success.

The quick summary of  interviews:

Cal/IMG Associate General Manager Dave Jaeger discusses his transition from the Golden State Warriors to college athletics and emphasizes how an internship got him started.

Oakland Raiders Social/Digital Coordinator Rebecca Corman describes her current role and discusses how internships can help deternine what you do NOT want for a career.

Nestle Water Sponsorship Manager Kevin Cleary shares his role in evaluating up to 25 sponsorship/promotion pitches each week.


Thanks for reading and be sure to share the links through social media channels.



Looking for Sports Careers Advice?

Sunday April 27, 2014

The answer to the headline question is likely "Yes".  That is why you are here.  To provide an overview of practical tips for new job seekers or seasoned pros, today the Ten Commandments of Sports Careers was published.

This post is a summary of good practices that can advance your career.  My advice is to bookmark it and refer to it every month.  So often people are busy managing the day-to-day demands of work, but not systematically acting to advance their careers.

A monthly re-read of this piece will help you stay focused on achieving your long term goals.




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