Corporations Seeking Athletes

One thing I have started to notice is that there are many businesses that target and seek former college athletes for employment.  Companies look to hire these types of people because of the many qualities that college athletes gain.

imagesFormer college students are excellent candidates for sales positions because of their competitive edge.  Athletes have multitasking talents, having to balance athletics and academics.  In a previous blog I discussed also the teamwork attribute all athletes have.  This is just one of the many reason why student-athletes succeed in the business world after college.

Think about the numerous questions asked in interviews that athletes can answer by relating to athletic experience.  Ex. Give an example of a time you had to work with others to achieve one common goal.

Many recruiters are also looking athletes because of leadership qualities they possess.

An article I found called “How Jocks Hit the Job Hunt” discusses the transition from college to the business world, and it brought up one remarkable statistic.

disc_sport_exercise_science_msc_thumb“80% of Fortune 500 female executives identify as being former athletes. Undoubtedly, participating in collegiate athletics imparts valuable lessons to any potential employee: the importance of teamwork, the drive to compete at the highest possible level, and the ability to focus and perform under pressure.”

For me being a former female athlete, this is an inspiring statistic.  As student-athletes our drive, focus, and competitive mindset are a perfect match for the competitive business world we live in today.

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My Scripted Life

Now that I am no longer an athlete I feel like I have been going through an identity change.  Similar to many other athletes in my position, we’ve grown up correlating our personal worth to how good of an athlete we are.  Now that I am done playing volleyball and am graduating in a month, this last semester has been a change for my mind as well as my body.

Growing up from elemenJanelle Batistatary school, middle school, and on to high school I was known for being an athlete.  I never felt like I was great at anything else, and at a young age, I found participating in athletics as my niche.

Into high school, I was always asked where and what sport I was going to play in college.  I played basketball my whole life and started playing volleyball in high school.  My senior year I made the decision that I didn’t want to play basketball in college and chose to take the volleyball route.  Looking back, I now see the pressure and the expectations there was for me to play a college sport.

These past few months for me have been a change.  I have no team, no coaches, and no trainers.  This is a completely different life style for me, as my whole life has been scripted up until this point.  I have always had somewhere to be, training to do, or practice to attend.

No longer having those responsibilities is bitter sweet.  I miss the team, the locker-room atmosphere and the relationships I’ve built with past teamMeHighschooldballmates, however, my body was physically and mentally drained as well as torn down.  I am excited to now be in the driver seat, creating my own future; my own path.

I’m learning how much else there is to life besides sports, and I’m truly starting to figure out who I am and what I want out of life.

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College Into The Pro’s- NFL Draft

As the 2013 NFL draft kicks off, it’s an exciting time for young former college athletes.  It’s a day long awaited and a dream come true for many young men to be able to get the chance to play professionally in the sport they love.

1.7% of college players play professionally , 0.08% of high school players do

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Often these young men and student-athletes have to make a choice between finishing their college education and going pro.

For some, it can be a beneficial choice to put their education on hold.  However, it is also a risk to quit college with chance of not making a team or being able to stay in the NFL long enough to make a career out of it.  For the few lucky ones that get drafted and have the ability to support themselves and their family while playing in the NFL is a dream come true.

A few positive outlooks, in my eyes, on these guys deciding to enter the draft before they have graduated college include some of the following.

It prevents the risk of injuring themselves in college.  NFLDRAFT2013If a student-athlete was to decided to continue their college career and education before entering the draft, they are taking the risk of possible injury that could prevent them from getting drafted.

In addition, assuming that individual gets drafted, they will have the financial security to pay off any school loans, provide for their family, and do just about anything else they could dream of.

Also on the financial side, with the amount of money these young men make, he would have plenty of options.  Giving back to communities, schools, and hospitals are all examples.

On the flip side, entering the draft before finishing their college degree can be a risky choice.

Only few have the special opportunity to be a professional athlete.  Having a college degree secures their future giving them something to fall back on if the pro’s doesn’t work out.  Also, staying in college gives the young man some time to mature and learn financial responsibility.

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Should College Athletes Be Paid?

Paying college athletes is currently one of the biggest controversies in college sports today.

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Many believe college athletes should not be paid.  A few of these reasons include:

They are already paid – Some believe since students-athletes receive free tuition, athletic health care, and stipend (for those on scholarship), that this is considered payment enough.

Who is going to pay – Paying student-athletes will only raise cost for normal students who pay tuition.

This is not what college is about? – Some also believe college is not the pros; therefore student-athletes should not be paid.  Also, those college athletes should play at the college level and wait till after college to get paid like everyone else.

Sends a bad message- What would our younger generation look up to? College sports would only send a message that it’s okay to only pay some athletes and these younger generations would demand being paid.  Maybe even at the high school level.paid-to-play1

There will be not recruiting- Smaller schools with less money would not be able to recruit and compete with larger universities and would ultimately lose their athletic programs.

“No, I don’t think they should be paid, because they do get so many other benefits,” said student Mallory White.

On the other hand, some critics believe college athletes should be paid.  A few of these reasons include:

Where is the money going? – The NCAA revenue was 871.6 million for the year 2011-12.  So with all of this money flowing in, why aren’t athletes being paid?

It is not a fair trade- Education vs. the things student-athletes get put through is not an even trade off.

They need medial insurance- Student-athletes are put through extensive physical trauma to their bodies that need to be maintained during the course of their career.  Many injuries can affect the rest of their lives.

There is a double standard- At the end of the day, student-athletes are just the same… broke college students like everyone else.  Although, many student-athletes are not able to work or restricted from working to make any of their own money.

Who is bringing in the money? – Whoever is bringing in the money should be paid accordingly.  Similar to the way many businesses work today.

These are just some of the reasons why people believe college athletes should and shouldn’t get paid.

Tell me what you think! Should college athletes be paid?

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Leadership

At some point in everyone’s lives, we will take a leadership role. What is leadership? Leadership is an important element of a successful team, whether it is on or off the court.  As a leader, you are able to bring out leadership qualities in others around you.  Many student-athletes develop leadership traits in college that transfer into the workplace.

bildeStudent-athletes are leaders, weather they know it or not.  There are leaders within their own teams, within the school, and within the community.

Effective leaders are the ones that step up and continue to push the people around them.  When the team is in a slump, an effective leader can recognize that and find ways to pick the team up.  They inspire the ones around them and gain the trust of their teammates. They make appropriate choices on and off the court.  A leader may also acts a communication channel from players to coaches.

Check out Growing Leaders, which has “developed a unique leadership training program specifically geared for high school, college and professional athletes to prepare them for excellence in both their sport and life after school.”

It includes the Habitudes for Athletes that will help you:

  • Transform a group of individual athletes into a unified force.
  • Create teams of student-athletes who build trust with each other and
    their coaches.
  • Create language to talk about real life issues in a safe and authentic way.
  • Build teams where every athlete thinks and acts like a leader.
  • Build athletes who make wise decisions that keep them in competition and out of trouble.

In the workplace leimagesLaders are essential as well.  Within organizations, everyone has his or her own strengths and weaknesses.  As a leader, you are able to identify the qualities and skills that are needed to help the office team succeed.

Which areas in your life have you become a leader? Share your thoughts below!

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Goal-Oriented

As a college athlete, you want to constantly improve yourself to be able to excel in your sport.   There is no room for stagnant individuals, and especially not in today’s world.  College athletes are goal oriented and this is another quality that directly transfers into the workplace.

In the business wPJ-BI886_WORKOU_G_20120806184213orld, to be able to succeed, one must constantly improve to stay competitive in the office, in the industry, and to make new goals each year.  In the office, the person who has their eye on the prize will succeed.

There are many ways to Let workplace Competition Motivate You.  First, you can compete with yourself to improve your own performance.  Another way is to use another’s success to motivate you, and also you can work with others to turn competition into collaboration.

In addition, here are a few tips one can incorporate into their “everyday dealings” in their organization or office.  The article discusses improving your listening skills, learning how to communicate issues and/or concerns, how to be a problem solver, using your time wisely, and making sure you always gaining new knowledge.

This is the same in the sports world.  Instead of a boss, us former athletes had coaches.  In my eyes, the expectations and intentions are the same.  There is always a goals, short-term and long-term goals. As athletes, I feel like we are wired to be competitive.  We want to improve and push ourselves along with the people around us.

As athletes, we prepare ourselves to be one step ahead of the competition.  How is this any different in the business world?

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Lack of Sleep

Many schools are starting to see the affects a lack of sleep is starting to have on their students, and even more so the student-athletes.  There is shown to be an increase in risk of injuries and a decrease in academic performance.

05_Flatbed_1 - NOVEMBER   Original Filename: 78019398.jpg“While other studies have shown that lack of sleep can affect cognitive skills and fine motor skills, nobody has really looked at this subject in terms of the adolescent athletic population,” study author Dr. Matthew Milewski said in an AAP news release.

While at sleep, the brain is busy repairing itself from the energy exerted since the last time you slept.  College is stressful enough on the brain and the body for regular students; a lack of sleep is even more harmful for student-athletes.  For college athletes, it is important to get sleep to repair the brain, but also to repair muscles from workouts.

Student-athletes are expected to perform at their perk every single day.  This is impossible when an individual is sleep deprived.  I know many student-athletes who pull a few all-nighters during the semester to be able to get their homework done.

Another study done by researcher Cheri Mah, at Standford Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Laboratory “has shown that basketball players at the elite college level were able to improve their on-the-court performance by increasing their amount of total sleep time.” “We had been investigating the effects of sleep extension on cognitive performance and mood, but I was now curious if sleep extension may also impact physical performance,” she said.

For more information check out the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases on children and sports.

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