Taking Your (SPORTS) Career to the Next Level
We often talk about how to get your career jump started in sports. We talk about how to get your foot in the door, how to stand out from other interns and how to turn your internship into a full time job. Let’s fast forward a little bit, let’s talk to those who already have jobs in sports and have been putting in years of work already. These are my top two tips to take your sports career to the next level, once you have mastered the whole entry level thing.
Take a look at what you’ve done, and what you want
For me, this step happened around the three year mark of working entry level sales and production in minor league baseball. After years of working 80 hours per week during the season, you’ve had your fair share of good times, bad times, energy boosts and burnouts. This is the time when you truly know if this is something you want to try and make a career of. If you do, take a step back and admire what you have accomplished, and then look ahead and figure out what you’d like to accomplish in the next three years. Write a plan for yourself, and work towards it. Are things going to change that deter you from your original plan? Yes, and that’s okay, as long as you are moving in the right direction; onward and upward.
Examine your personal life
This is a big one. If you are young, single, and working in sports, this tip won’t have much for you. If you’re in your mid 20’s, there’s a good chance you have a significant other, are married, or looking to have kids in the near future. I’ll be blunt, if you have not had a serious conversation about your work/life balance with those close to you, now is the time for that. If you plan on spending the next five, ten or even fifteen years working from nine in the morning to midnight every day, you NEED to make sure your personal life is ready for that. Let me be clear, it’s not a balance at all. You will not be able to give 50% to each part of your life and think you will be successful in either one. You need to give 100% to both, and guess what? It’s going to be really, really hard.
I wanted to keep this blog short, because each of the two points really are THAT important. Take some time to figure this stuff out, you’ll thank me in the long run.
Alex Einhorn is the Game Presentation Manager and On-Field Host for the Lancaster Barnstormers and the founder of Baseball Desk. Follow him on twitter@EinhornTweets