How To Show You Have “What It Takes” In A Second Career

VIKTRE Career Network Career Services partner and author of “WIN AGAIN!Mark Moyer recently wrote an article for Forbes aimed at retired athletes nearing the end of their playing careers and how they can show future employers they have “what it takes.” Whether you are an athlete or not, there is some valuable information in Moyer’s latest that we wanted to share with the VIKTRE Career Network audience.

If you’ve asked yourself the question “what’s next for me?” you’re not alone. For athletes making the transition from playing career to life after sports, often times they truly don’t know what their next step is. After devoting so much time to their playing career and possibly missing many life moments, it may feel like they’ve taken a major step backwards and are behind the ball for a second career.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker currently holds 10 different jobs before the age of 40, with that number projected to grow. Regardless of whether or not you were an athlete, chances are you have felt “lost” at some point when looking at your career projection. How do you figure out what it is you want to do?

Moyer suggests that you must become more aware of the skills and abilities you have become proficient at and shares some examples. You can read the full article on Forbes here.

You Are Coachable And Learn Well From Others.

Both on and off the field, being coachable is a key trait that employers look for in candidates. Athletes take direction from their coaches and teammates on how to be the best team member they can be. Working professionals must be coachable to both when starting a new job and as technology improves. If we are not constantly learning, we are failing. Coachability is a key trait to highlight in interviews.

Your Public Speaking Experience Translates Into Many Fields/Roles.

It is no secret that public speaking is something that many people absolutely dread. Since, professional athletes have to face the media on an almost daily basis, this is a skill that many develop throughout the course of their careers. As a result, some athletes transition to a second career as a public speaker, just like our friend Marques Ogden.

Just because you’re not a professional athlete, it doesn’t mean that you can’t work on your public speaking skills (or lack thereof). If you find yourself wanting to improve on your public speaking ability, look into taking classes or find resources online to continue to develop!

Like Anyone Else, You Have Unique Qualities That Make You, You.

While many people share similar characteristics, no two people are exactly the same. Just because someone is or was a professional athlete, that does not mean they are any better than you, although maybe at a specific sport! Athletes bring a unique set of skills and qualities to the table, but so do non-athletes. The key in finding and being successful in a second career is to remain confident in yourself. Make a list of the traits that you think set you apart from the field of other job seekers, and find a way to emphasize them on your resume!

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