Becoming a sportswriter or athletic director after leaving sports behind makes sense. But what about those who want to leave the beaten path? Here are three unexpected career paths for former athletes.
Please note that while your athletic background represents an advantage, in some cases you may need additional training or education to take on these roles.
Even if you competed in an individual sport, chances are that you are aware of the fact that success is rarely an individual achievement. It takes the work of dozens of people for a runner to cross the finish line or for a swimmer to climb onto the podium. This basic grasp of what teamwork means is the hallmark of a great project manager. Simply put, a project manager’s job is to ensure that a project is delivered on time and within budget. If helping push a whole team over the finish line sounds like an interesting challenge, then you should give project management a shot.
Some athletes are drawn to the quantitative side of their sport: distances, lap times, Earned Run Averages, and so forth. If that sounds like you, then statistics may be the right choice after hanging up your cleats. Besides, with data science picking up steam as a lucrative career choice, this may be one of the smartest decisions you can make.
There are other options if numbers are not your strong suit. Athletes often display strong leadership skills, which is what politics boil down to. Throughout your career, you learned to deal with the pressure of stepping into the spotlight. You may also have a knack for building rapport quickly with the people you meet. All these attributes come in handy should you choose to embrace a career in politics.
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