“You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that” –Michael Jordan
The reason why athletes transfer well from a four-year college career to the workplace is because of the competitive trait they gain from participating in athletics. To make it to the collegiate level, one has to perform at the highest level in order to keep their scholarship or even remain on the team. Due to these high standards, student-athletes are always trying to better themselves and beat the competition. Athletes have passion to make it to the next level and win, and that is why businesses want athletes. Athletes know what it takes to get to the top.
The amount of hours athletes put into training every day to achieve goals directly correlates to the mentality they bring to the workplace. Knowing what it takes to dedicate yourself is what sets athletes apart from others and that’s exactly what employers seek. These types of skills are not ones that are taught in classrooms, they are only learned through participating in sports. Student-athletes have a burning desire to achieve success and that is why hiring managers need to look for candidates with athletics experience.
For employers I challenge you to be able to seek out candidates with athletic backgrounds that possess the competitive trait and integrate that into your company.
For all athletes I encourage you to use the skills you learned through competition and integrate those into your work. Use competition to drive personal goals and challenge coworkers to be competitive and drive the company’s success.
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