Some student athletes rise to the level clicking the heels of their ruby red Air Jordans and "going pro". Regardless of how "successful" you were on the athletic field, the reality is that every single student athlete eventually retires from sport. Predicting that retirement date takes a crystal ball, so, how do you prepare to make the transition from your sport to your retirement? Start with creating your career tools such as a cover letter or resume. Your athletic experiences are invaluable and need to be showcased! Here are some tips for how to highlight your athletic background in a cover letter, in an interview, and once you’re on the job.
Being a student athlete offers a lot of skills and traits that can spark the interest of a potential employer or be helpful skills as a current student. We call these “transferable skills” since these are broad skills that are valuable to have as an athlete, but also just as valuable to have as a student or potential employee and, of course, to promote on your resume.
What sets you apart from the competition? How will your skills help an employer? Student athletes seem to have a tough time with their job search. Why? They often claim they "have no experience" in the world of work. While they may not have paid work experiences, there are several skills and attributes athletes possess that would make a recruiter jump at the chance to hire them.