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Maya Lawrence of the United States at London 2012 Getty
Date
16 May 2013
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Athlete Stories

Maya Lawrence

Fencing, USA

As a bronze medallist in the women’s team epee at London 2012 and Pan-American champion in the same year, Maya Lawrence (born July 1980) knows what it takes to set and achieve goals. The aspiration to become an Olympian began in Maya’s teens, and Rio 2016 is still on her agenda. 

Meanwhile, Maya – who has a Masters degree in education and some teaching experience - has set her sights on a career in the world of marketing and communications, applying the same ethos that has made her a fencing champion: “My sporting career has allowed me to learn how to set goals, make a plan, stick to it and achieve those goals. 

I’ve learned that steadfastness and hard work can get you a long way. Simply, I want to be the best I possibly can be at whatever I do.” Getting a foothold and gaining experience in the marketing and communications field was Maya’s career goal. 

This door opened when she learnt - at the London Olympic Village - about the IOC Athlete Career Programme. After speaking with a representative, Maya was directed to the Team USA Athlete Career Program. She signed up and benefited from a range of on-line and personal career coaching and resume support sessions, as well as mentoring. The fact that she was able to do this remotely was key for her because Maya lives and trains in Paris. 

Her involvement in the programme led to a three-month internship which was organised through the cooperation between the Adecco US and Adecco France ACP managers. Maya is now an intern with a not-for profit organisation (NGO) based in Paris which supports young entrepreneurs in realising their business ideas. She is working with the Head of Communications on the NGO’s event planning and social media activities. 

“The ACP and the people behind it helped me figure out what path I wanted to take and reinforced my confidence that I have the qualities I need to successfully transition from sport to a career I've had my eye on. I know I have what it takes to achieve these new goals”, states Maya.

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