Leaving sports behind comes with a unique set of stumbling blocks that not all athletes are equipped to face. Here are three common challenges athletes face after retiring from sports, along with the steps you can take to smooth the transition.
It’s no secret that many athletes struggle financially after leaving sports behind. The greater your financial success as an athlete, the more difficult you may find it to adapt to an average lifestyle with an average revenue. Luckily, there are some things you can do to overcome this particular challenge:
- Improve your financial literacy
- Seek the assistance of a professional
- Save and keep your spending habits in check
Another common hurdle for former athletes is finding a sense of purpose after hanging up their jerseys. That’s why it’s always a good idea to cultivate a passion parallel to your sports career. It can be a hobby, volunteer work, or your academic career. Whatever you choose, make sure to have something you feel passionate about besides sports. This will soften your landing by giving you
If you find yourself struggling with depression, don’t hesitate to turn to a mental health professional for assistance.
Joining the workforce may feel particularly daunting as a former athlete. You may experience anxiety about adapting to a new environment that seems to require a completely different set of skills than those required to succeed in sports. This is normal, but rest assured that as a former athlete, you bring many interesting attributes to the table, including leadership, an almost innate sense of time management, and accountability. Here are some tips you may find helpful:
- During job interviews, play up the advantages you offer as a former athlete
- Identify your unique strengths and how they are relevant to a given position
- Know that you already have most of the tools you need to succeed in the workplace
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