Careers in Sports: Beyond the Field
When we talk about a Career in Sports, everyone only thinks of being a PLAYER and since very few players reach the International level, especially in India, students and parents are forced to select an option other than sports. Every sportsperson has a good knowledge of that specific sport, and there are many careers in sports other than being a player. There is a huge lack of awareness about careers in sports which range from careers in sports medicine, careers in sports management to careers in sports marketing and journalism.
Each one of these areas is fundamentally strong. If a student prepares to be an excellent skilled person in that chosen field within the field of sports, there is no limit to which the person can grow even in the international scenario. Also, there are many unique problems in the field of sports that need to be addressed using creativity and innovation. If we can groom young entrepreneurs, we can create huge enterprises through these young minds and allow our next generation to be the job creators in this field than average job seekers. In any case, whether they are doing jobs or creating jobs, the thought of following their passion for a career in sports will make them more enthusiastic and prepared for their work, thereby ensuring much higher productivity and a higher probability of success.
More importantly, their careers will also be safe, as they need not be Olympians or National Level medalists to pursue a career in any of these areas.
Degrees aren’t Everything!
Thirdly and most importantly, the investment of time and money in the preparatory years will not go in vain. As the children will also enjoy every moment of their education and skill development, as it is directly linked to their choice of field and interest area. Last but not the least, the children can keep their dreams alive of reaching the Olympics as they can continue playing their sport as the field is connected and they are well networked also, at the same time. This is a completely WIN-WIN situation for all. If they do not make it till the Olympics too, their careers are safe and they are still enjoying their life.
On the other hand, we know of so many people who have wasted their time in graduating in some area that has no link to their field of interest. After working for a few years, they decide to switch to the sports and physical fields of their interest. Proper proactive planning at an early stage in their 9th-12th standards itself would have saved so much time and money. A small investment at the beginning of their career would have ensured that they live their life happily and produce something worthy to make them as well as all of us proud of them.
While there are few education choices like “sports management” or “psychology” or “journalism” that can be linked to sports, some sports passionate youngsters with good business and entrepreneurial acumen can also drop out from conventional education and skill themselves independently by doing projects, interning with sports organizations, adventure camps and so on.
In a world where every second child has a degree, work experience will set the student who has solid work experience way ahead of a person with just a degree. The sports industry looks for the acumen, passion, and reputation of a sportsman, and not for their academic qualifications.