From working on your CV to brushing up on your interview technique, there are many things you can do to prepare for your career transition
Get your CV sorted
A good curriculum vitae (CV) – or résumé – is the first step to securing your dream job. You’ll need to send this to prospective employers so that they can see how suitable you are for the role. But don’t panic if you’ve never written one before – there is plenty of help available specifically for athletes.
Work on your interview technique
If writing a CV is the first step, then going for a job interview is often the final hurdle to starting your new career. You’ll be competing against all the other shortlisted candidates, so you need to train for the big day just as you would for a major competition.
Add to your skillset
If you’re worried that you may not be experienced or qualified enough for the career path you want to follow, why not add to your skillset by taking a course or completing a training programme? There are plenty of flexible options available so that you can gain new skills even while you are still training and competing. Check out these tips to see how you can combine sport and education.
Connect with your network
You may not realise it, but there are probably lots of people you have met during your sporting life who could help you get a head-start in your new career. Research suggests that 85 per cent of all jobs are filled through networking, so it’s worth connecting with as many people as possible whenever you can. Check out these tips for building and maintaining a good network:
Try getting some workplace experience
As an athlete, you may have little or no experience of a traditional workplace, which can be a daunting prospect when you’re facing retirement from the sport. It’s, therefore, a great idea to look for internships or work placements, which can give you some invaluable experience, as well as a host of other benefits. Check out why internships are so useful.