EPISODE 7: LIFE AFTER BASKETBALL: ADVICE ON HOW TO TRANSITION INTO THE NEXT PHASE OF YOUR CAREER
Welcome to The Players’ Forum Podcast – In this episode we talk about ways you can begin to prepare yourself for life after basketball. Especially during this time when jobs and opportunities seem scarce for basketball players who are aspiring professionals and seasoned vets returning to jobs with huge pay cuts. It’s contract season, but now with the new norm, it’s also the season for players to start thinking about what direction they want their career to move in. Coach Mike and Agent Tee share some insight on where to start that has helped Coach Mike transition and continues to help him position himself for success.
ADVICE SHARED IN THIS EPISODES
1. Explore and research your field of interest. Map out what education or training you need to position yourself.
Whether it’s the coaching, athletic training, business, technology or even the creative industry, be intentional and proactive about what education you need and what path you want to take.
2. Work on cultivating a growth mindset and building your circle of influence.
As athletes, we can spend a lot of time complaining about things that are unchangeable or out of our control. These become our “Circle of Concerns” Don’t wait for circumstances to change in order for you to. View “challenges as opportunities” and “failing as learning”.
3. You see the value in volunteering or investing your time to gain experience.
Look into volunteering your time in your field of interest. In our Pro Club Experience program, guys are obligated to participate in servicing the youth in the community. This type of applied experience can be added to your resume, pitch or bio.
4. Your player profile is your resume and basketball experience can also translates as professional work experience.
Learning how to leverage your basketball experience in the professional world, beyond the game can be really beneficial. You can take your success on the court and use it as leverage off the court. Being a “team player”, being a “hard worker”, having a “good work ethic”, excelling at “time management”, all translate as great character traits on any resume.
5. Be fearless, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask for letter of recommendations, seek mentors, and don’t limit yourself. You are more than an athlete.
“Nothing stands between man and his highest ideals and every desire of his heart, but doubt and fear. When man can “wish without worrying,” every desire will be instantly fulfilled.” – Florence Scovel Shinn
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