My Career Change: John Haime’s Career After Golf
When a professional athlete’s playing days are over, many do not realize that athlete’s career in another field is often just beginning. As part of VIKTRE’s dedication to drive interaction between athletes and their fans, our Career team made it a priority to show how successful many athletes have been since their playing days ended in a feature called “My Career Change.”
In this installment of “My Career Change,” we interviewed former Golfer, John Haime. Most know Haime from his collegiate days at Purdue, and career on the Australian, Asian, South African, Canadian and U.S. professional golf tours.
What sport did you play?
Australian Pro Tour
Asian Pro Tour
South African Pro Tour
Canadian Pro Tour
U.S. Pro Tour
What industry did you change careers to?
High Performance Consulting
How did you get into your new career?
Following Professional Golf, I transitioned into business consulting. I had an opportunity to work with great industry leaders in the field of corporate training – leadership, team-building, etc.
I then created a company called LearningLinks that integrates workplace learning and the game of golf. Through one of the client programs, I was asked to deliver one of the programs I built around the globe for a consulting firm. While working with executive teams, I was asked to help several athletes with similar content I was using with executive teams and CEOs.
I modified the process through study, research, trial and error to build a process to help athletes at all levels get to the next level of performance. Now, I have the opportunity to work with some of the leading athletes in the world in mental and emotional performance development.
What was the biggest challenge you faced making your career change?
I had no idea what to do initially. My professional golf career stopped because of an injury and I was not prepared to address “what’s next.”
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your new career?
Creating something that the best in the world want and seeing the results.
What advice do you have for athletes making their career change?
Be prepared! Sport careers are short so you must prepare well in advance for what’s next.
How can other athletes learn more about your business or your career change?
You can learn more about John’s path and read some of his advice at www.johnhaime.com.
You can also follow John on VIKTRE here.