Basketball in College
Youíve probably made most of your life to athletics already. How can you use that background and your love for sports in a career? There are so many different ways that they canít all be listed. You may want to consider some of these more common career choices in intercollegiate sports: Athletics administrator/athletics director/senior woman, administrator/commissioner, compliance coordinator, sports information director, statistician, athletic trainer, athletics marketing and promotion, CHAMPS/life skills coordinator, coach.
But there also are positions you might not know of right away. Those might include: ticket sales manager, event coordinator, facilities manager, development director (fund raiser), motivational speaker or sports law attorney, faculty athletics, official, orthopedic surgeon, academic advisor and sports psychologists.
Check out the opportunities available on your college campus. For example, there may be a CHAMPS/Life Skills office that you can visit and get information. You might also try the Career Development Office. Most college campuses encourage student-athletes to start thinking about careers during their first semester.
You should also examine your own strengths and weaknesses. Ask yourself what you like to do. Maybe you enjoy teaching others. Maybe you are a good communicator. Are you interested in business, math, writing, education, etc.? Would you want to work on a college campus? Do you like office work? Are you needing regular 8 hour days or are you willing to work nights and weekends?
A way to be sure that the job you choose to work towards is for you is to job shadow. In other words, follow someone around for a few weeks to see exactly what his/her job is all about! Then you will have a better understanding if the job is for you. You might also try community service with a recreational league to see if you enjoy teaching the sport.
Build your network of contacts early in the game. Meet coaches and supporters.