My Career Change: Tom Chorske’s Career After the NHL
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 Professional Hockey Player, Tom Chorske. Most know Chorske from his collegiate days at Minnesota, and his many years in the NHL.
What sport did you play?
University of Minnesota
Team USA World Junior Championships (under 20, Bronze Medal)
Team USA Senior World Championship Teams (1989, 1996, 1998)
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
What industry did you change careers to?
B2B Sales and Business Development
How did you get into your new career?
I was recruited by a hiring manager who positioned me strategically based on having played college hockey locally and I was the same age as the audience I was selling to (attorneys, investment bankers, private equity funds, etc).
What was the biggest challenge you faced making your career change?
Working with people and in an environment that was very different from the mentality and culture I was accustomed to operating in.
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your new career?
All the learning I’ve done and relationship building skills I’ve acquired.
What advice do you have for athletes making their career change?
Try to think about it early in your athletic career, and if you don’t know exactly what you want to do then do internships during the offseason.
How can other athletes learn more about your business or your career change?
I currently work at a boutique digital forensics firm called Computer Forensic Services. We support a wide variety of investigations (street crimes to white-collar crimes) by capturing the data and files from smartphones, laptops, tablets, desktops, servers, etc. Our clients are law enforcement agencies, law firms, large corporations, governing bodies, and smaller private companies.