Entering the workforce as a former athlete comes with its own set of challenges and rewards. Here are four interesting facts you probably didn’t know about former athletes in the workplace.
Fewer Than 1.5 Percent of College Football and Basketball Players Make It to the Pros
Out of 500,000 collegiate students competing at NCAA and NAIA schools, fewer than 1.5 percent get to make the transition to a professional league. Those who are left out face a daunting set of challenges, but are equipped to become an asset to any organization. As the next points make abundantly clear, former athletes are hard-wired to thrive, either on or off the field.
Former Athletes Are More Likely to Be Employed and Engaged at Work
A 2016 Gallup-Purdue study showed that 65 percent of collegiate former athletes reported being employed full time, as opposed to 63 percent of non-athletes. Additionally, 42% of former athletes said they were being engaged in the workplace, compared to 38 percent of non-athletes.
Former Athletes Tend to Thrive After Sports
The Gallup-Purdue study also demonstrated that the washed-up collegiate athlete stereotype is just a myth. In fact, 47 percent of former athletes said they were thriving in three or more elements of well-being, compared to 40% of non-athletes. Most former athletes reported thriving in purpose, community, and social well-being.
Former Athletes Tend to Make More Money
A 2015 study found that the wages of former high-school athletes are between 5 percent and 15 percent higher than those of non-athletes. Additionally, former athletes tend to have higher status careers compared to their counterparts.
These facts paint a curious picture of the landscape that former athletes face upon retiring. On one hand, there’s the disappointment for not making it into a professional league and big-time stardom. On the other hand, former athletes are exceptionally well prepared to lead exciting and fulfilling careers in the professional field of their choosing.
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