3 Reasons Sports Prepare Athletes For Future Careers

Our culture has many ideas and theories on how to help the next generation prepare for their future careers. It's all too common to see high school students taking multiple advanced placement courses and volunteer activities to increase their chances of being accepted into colleges and universities. With a majority of the next generation taking the same path to succeed, sports can be often overlooked as a crucial piece in preparing the next generation of workers for their careers. Here are three reasons how sports can improve your future career:

1. Effective Communication

Being clear and concise when communicating is crucial for any interaction one will have in life. To be an effective teammate in sports or business, one must be able to effectively relay consise and meaningful messages. For example, a goalkeeper in soccer needs to be able to analyze what is developing on the field, and then quickly respond by relaying to his teammates where to position themselves for the greatest chance of success. In the same way, productive communication needs to be present in the workplace, whether that means presenting a business plan, relaying specific goals for your employees, or a variety of other interations that are present everyday on the job.

When sports teams are on the same page in terms of their goals and objectives, a unified approach can be taken. Unity can only be achieved through day-to-day interactions that promote collaboration. The workplace also needs to be unified, with superiors properly relaying the mission and vision of the organization. In turn, employees have a target to aim for. By playing sports, individuals can learn how to foster and grow in how they commuicate with others, preparing them for success when communicating with their bosses or employees.

2. Multi-Tasking

Athletes are almost always juggling multiple activities along with the sport or sports they play. A typical day for an athlete could include going to school, doing homework, working a part-time job, making time for family, and playing a sport or sports. Although this can be stressful and chaotic at times, learning to deal with multiple things at once will be beneficial when athletes begin to hang up their cleats and look at other career opportunities.

Time management learned through sports will allow for workers who were once athletes to be able to handle the stress that comes with the rigors of their chosen careers. When multiple projects come due at the same time, former athletes will have ample experience in allocating the proper amount of time to achieve each task. This will ensure easier and more effective assimilation into the workforce by former athletes. 

3. Goal Oriented

Setting goals, and striving for them, is a foundational concept of all successful sports teams and athletes. Teams want to win championships. Athletes want to hone their individual skills and abilities. Goals are always being set, achieved, and then new goals are set again. Athletes and teams are always striving to achieve more.

Athletes will be able to maintain a high-level of success in their work environments when they apply the goal-oriented mindset developed through playing sports. They will be able to set goals for themselves and their companies, and proceed to set bigger goals upon comepleting previous expectations. Companies who possess these types of employees will be able thrive and quickly adapt to work environments that are constantly changing. Goals will keep athletes and workers striving to be the best version of themselves for their teams and organizations. 

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