Many aspiring businesspeople have a serious goal to one day work in the sports world. It’s quit the ambitious goal to have, but it’s completely understandable why so many people have this goal. After all, the sports world is exciting, glamorous and not to mention lucrative: there is a lot of money to be made in both college and professional sports.
Because of this, it can be quite a competitive field to get into. Here are three tips for college students and recent grads who hope to someday work on the business side of professional sports.
1. Have a Competitive Academic Record
While it might seem obvious, it is unfortunately something that too many students so often forget. Since the world of professional sports is so competitive, it’s important that you maintain a great academic record in order to demonstrate that you have a good work ethic and indeed learned a lot during your time in school.
2. Intern As Often As Possible
Internships demonstrate that you have real world experience, rather than someone who has only learned about the business world from the inside of a classroom. Cold call local sports teams and facilities or visit their websites to learn more about their internship programs. Teams and franchises oftentimes have a need for many different marketing interns to keep their operation afloat; while these positions are oftentimes unpaid, they do offer college credit and can help you to make many great connections.
3. Have Experience as An Athlete
It isn’t a requirement that you have athletic experience if you want to work in the sports business. However, an athletic record can really give your resume a boost and make you look like a more desirable candidate. Even if you aren’t a star quarterback, it’s still a good idea to at least go out for club sports while you are in college. It shows that athletics are truly your passion and that you understand team spirit and the sports mentality.
Successful people from the sports world, such as Dave Brandon, have truly had to work hard and follow some good advice to become successful in their careers. For people like Brandon, success didn’t come easily, but the payoff was quite worthwhile.
The world of the sports business is competitive and sometimes stressful. However, if you follow these tips, you can one day work in this lucrative and exciting field.