- 16 May 2013
- Athlete Stories
“Bella” Jefferson Bellaguarda
The right attitude is critical to success in any field, be it sport or work. Swiss Olympic beach volleyball player “Bella” Jefferson Bellaguarda (born in Brazil on 12 September 1976) represented Switzerland at the London 2012 Olympic Games. “As a child I had the dream of being an Olympian and this dream came true in London where I proudly finished ninth.
Now I dream of becoming a tram driver in my adopted home town of Zurich, Switzerland.” Bella has definitely got the mindset to succeed and, with the help of the Swiss Olympic Athlete Career Programme (ACP), he is on track to reach his new goals. Encouraged by the Swiss Volleyball Association to get involved with the ACP, Bella was given practical support through career coaching, and was taught how to enhance his job searching and application skills by his Adecco ACP coach. Bella soon found a position as a postman while also enrolling in a course to improve his German.
Both steps will increase his chances of reaching his goal to become a tram driver. “I’m happy to get a wage every month, and when the time is right, I know I will be at the steering wheel of a Zurich tram fulfilling my dream in the working world!” Bella added: “My sporting success shows I have got the qualities of commitment, attention to detail, trust and teamwork.
Now, thanks to the support of the ACP, I realise these qualities will help keep my career going in the right direction. I urge any athlete thinking about seeking advice from the ACP to ‘give your next dreams a try’!”