Take the Athlete365 course “Career Transition: Life After Sport” to gain some valuable insights and set yourself up for the next stage in your career

Does the prospect of retirement worry you, or does the thought of starting something new inspire and motivate you?

For some athletes, this transitional period can be a challenging time. The move from a structured, purposeful career to one that is somewhat unknown can be a big jump to make. But thousands of athletes make this transition every year, and many share success stories and valuable insights.

“There is inevitably a mentally arduous and emotionally driven journey to go through when making such a substantial shift in being and identity,” says business consultant and ex-international athlete Rich Stead.

“But it is important to remember that, even if no one in your physical circle ‘gets it’, we are more connected than ever, and invariably there are people out there who have walked a very similar path before you, even if it feels like you can’t see the path yourself.”

Learning from others
In this course, which is led by Olympian and career transition expert Gearoid Towey, you will learn:

  • How your mindset is key in making a successful transition
  • The importance of sharing with and supporting your peers
  • Why building “life skills” will set you up for success
  • The benefits of having interests away from sport
  • The value of your family and friends

“We all have our own journey to take, but learning from others who have walked the path is always useful,” says Towey.

“The thing I underestimated was the process of finding that next purpose. Having a degree wasn’t enough. I probably should have spoken to more ex-athletes while I was still competing. Just to get a flavour for what might be in store.”

Embrace change
Whatever stage of your career you are at, by completing the course – which will take approximately 45 minutes – you will have a better understanding of some of the challenges associated with the change and how they can be overcome.

“Appreciate and soak up the learning process – not everyone has the opportunity to get a do-over,” says Stead.

“Whatever your reason to jump, do it wholeheartedly, embrace change, and don’t look back.”

For more information and advice on the subject, and to take the course today, click here.