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Tim Wieskötter

Tim Wiesötter - Canoeing, Germany Getty Images
16 May 2013
Athlete Stories
Canoeing, Germany

Teaming up to achieve success was an essential part of Tim Wieskötter’s sporting career. Canoeist Tim (born in 1979) and his partner Ronald Rauhe won the world championships seven times and Olympic gold, silver and bronze in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and Sydney 2000 respectively. Tim’s Olympic career came to an end as part of a four-man canoe team in London 2012, with a  fourth place finish.

That’s when Tim shifted his focus from sport to his next career, teaming up with the German Athlete Career Programme to which he was introduced by the German Olympic Sports Federation. Through his Adecco ACP career coach, Tim benefited from the practical guidance and support he needed to capitalise upon a degree in business logistics and to overcome a lack of work experience: “I’ve had great help developing a powerful CV that communicates my proven determination, stamina and the ability to work in a team - all qualities which are much in demand in the job market.”

In addition, Tim took part in a “Career-up” course that improved his IT skills: “I was amazed at how much knowledge I was still able to acquire. This opportunity to learn and develop my skills is something I am very grateful for.” Job offers started flowing and Tim emerged from his canoeing career to working with an international power company, showing the same energy and enthusiasm to achieve the set goals as before.

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