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12 May 2015 -
Supporting athletes in their dual careers and career transitions
Hosted by the Peruvian National Olympic Committee (NOC), this Forum will bring together athletes, the members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission responsible for the IOC ACP in the specific regions, NOCs ...
17 April 2015 -
IOC President announces ground-breaking educational service for elite athletes
The new service, called “The IOC Athlete Learning Gateway”, will go live on 28 May during the 7th IOC Athlete Career Programme Forum in Lima, Peru. For over a year, more than 4,000 athletes and coac...
26 March 2015
IOC Athlete Career Programme takes outreach session from West Africa to Central America
Many athletes dedicate the bulk of their time to training – sometimes at the expense of their education or employment. So what happens when the time comes to retire from their sporting career? What co...
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20 February 2015 -
Make a Slam Dunk with the IOC Athlete MOOC!
Former basketball player Mike D’Antoni was voted NBA Coach of the Year in 2005, developing one of the greatest offensive teams of all-time with the Phoenix Suns. He went on to manage the New York Knic...
21 January 2015 -
Pursuing an Olympic dream: From fighting fires and lawsuits to sliding on ice
Today, Morgan is a fully-fledged member of Team USA’s bobsleigh and skeleton team as well as a legal assistant at IOC TOP sponsor General Electric (GE). Her ultimate “end goal” – a ticket to the next ...
29 October 2014 -
Combining a job with high-level sport: an achievable double objective
While the question may worry even the greatest champions, for the 29 year-old French sprinter, who competed in the London 2012 and Beijing 2008 Games, the answer is very simple: “What happens when I s...
15 October 2014 -
Olympic Medallist Storm Uru's successful transition to a career after sport
Even when competing at two Olympic Games, winning bronze at London 2012 and a World Championship in 2009 in the Men's lightweight double sculls with Peter Taylor, the question remained in the back of ...
29 July 2014 -
New sports psychology course available on IOC Athlete MOOC!
By following five short talks exploring the fascinating topic of sports psychology, participants will gain an understanding as to the power of a robust mindset and the profound impact that psychology ...
25 July 2014 -
Success through innovation: New sport technology course available on the IOC Athlete MOOC!
The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s free online education platform, the IOC Athlete MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), is giving registered users the chance to go behind the scenes and learn f...
12 June 2014 -
Top coaches at next IOC Athlete MOOC Live Event
Responsible for leading Team GB to 18 Olympic cycling gold medals and two consecutive Tour de France victories, Dave Brailsford will share his insight and experience derived from delivering such achie...
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Resources for your next steps
The IOC Athletes’ Kit is a collection of resources from the IOC Athletes’ Commission written exclusively for you, the athlete.
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Nordic combined, Germany
For many years, Stephan Münchmeyer was among the top athletes in Nordic combined, a sport that consists of ski jumping and cross country skiing. Between 2000 and 2006, he par...
Analytic or scientific jobs
These jobs involve working with ideas to investigate or seek solutions to scientific, technical, social or other issues. Activities include observing, analyzing and interpreting results. The ability to develop theories, apply logic and explore ideas in a specialist area of knowledge is important.
Refers to balance within your life
A budget is a summary of intended expenditure along with proposals for how to cover it.
Athletes’ careers often develop in quite unintentional ways. However, when career development programmes and assistance are planned, their purpose is to help people gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour to manage their life-long, life-wide learning and work in a self-directed way.
Career interests are your preferred work interests, such as working with people, writing stories, designing things or using tools.
Career values are the basis of what you really want out of work and your career. Values are the things that we believe in and which we think are important. Each person has a value system which has been influenced by their background and their philosophy of life.
Constraints are barriers that you will need to overcome to develop and accomplish your plan.
Creative or artistic jobs
These jobs involve working with ideas to creatively express, present or perform them. An appreciation of design, style, form, beauty or related concepts used to develop or interpret an idea is important. Activities include writing, painting, singing, dancing, decorating, designing and performing.
Education that takes place when the instructor and participant are separated by space and/or time. The gap between the two can be bridged through the use of hard copy material or technology - such as audio tapes, videoconferencing, satellite broadcasts and online technology.
Education encompasses the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill.
Being effective is producing or being capable of producing an intended result or having a noticeable effect.
Employment is the state of being employed or having a job, or the occupation for which you are paid.
The environment covers the totality of surrounding conditions; the area in which something exists or lives.
Experience is the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities.
Guiding principles are designed to assist in identifying and recognising the best possible outcome.
Helping or advising jobs
These jobs involve working with people to help, inform, teach or treat them. Activities include discussing personal issues, listening to people’s problems and providing advice, instruction, information or treatment to meet their needs.
Knowledge is the possession of information.
Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.
A matrix is array of quantities or expressions set out by rows and columns.
A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea.
Motivation is the internal condition that activates behaviour and gives it direction, and energises and directs goal-oriented behaviour.
Nature or recreation jobs
These jobs involve working with things in the natural world, such as conservation, handling animals, raising crops or livestock, or sport. Activities include growing and caring for living things, or an involvement with sport, leisure or the environment.
Networking is communicating with and within a group; "You have to network if you want to get a good job".
Organisational or clerical
These jobs involve working with data to order, process or retrieve facts and figures, or to develop or administer policies and procedures. Activities include organising, using or updating information (such as files or accounts), developing or following procedures or systems and the planning, budgeting and staffing of an organisation.
Persuading or service
These jobs involve working with people to sell to, influence, motivate, negotiate with or serve them. Activities include selling, promoting or providing goods or services, bargaining or presenting a point of view.
Practical or mechanical
These jobs involve working with things, using the hands or special tools or equipment to make, fix, install or adjust them. Activities include practical and physical tasks, which may require an understanding of how equipment or machinery works.
Priorities means the status established in order of importance or urgency.
Acting in advance to deal with an expected difficulty or anticipated issues.
The act of procrastinating is putting off, delaying or postponing an action to a later time.
Qualifications are meeting the proper requirements and having suitable training for a position or task - Certified: holding appropriate documentation and officially on record as qualified to perform a specified function or practise a specified skill.
Re-location is the act of moving from one place to another.
Curriculum Vitae: a summary of your academic and work history.
A skill is the learned capacity to carry out pre-determined tasks, often with the minimum outlay of time, energy, or both.
Sports career termination
Sports career termination is a transition the athlete goes through when shifting from the mastery stage of their sports career (i.e. a stage where the athlete was able to reach the pinnacle of his/her performances) to the discontinuation stage (i.e. the end of the sports career). In this sense, sports career termination may be defined as the ultimate sports career transition, which leads to new or increased involvement of the individual in family life or a professional occupation.
Sports career transitions
Sport career transitions are those changes athletes go through when passing from one stage of their sports career to the next stage. Transitions happen when events occur to bring a change in the assumptions that an individual has about himself/herself and about his/her relationships. Athletes go through many steps or stages in the course of their sporting careers, for instance from initiation in sports (childhood) to development of skills (adolescence). Each stage represents a special challenge for the athlete and tests athletes’ capacity to adapt to the next career phase.
Stress is the total response to demands and pressures in your life. Causes of stress are called stressors. Stressors can vary from conflict in relationships, being overwhelmed by lots of tasks, poor performance or injury.
SWOT analysis is a technique for understanding your strengths and weaknesses and for looking at the opportunities and threats you face.
Time management refers to a range of skills, tools, and techniques used to manage time when accomplishing specific tasks, projects and goals.
Tips are an indication of potential opportunities.
Work experience may be paid or unpaid. It may be for a few days, a few weeks or a year. It may be observation, work shadowing, volunteer work, a structured work placement, a cadetship or an internship.
Work satisfiers are work situations which will satisfy you most.
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