KEYS TO A CAREER IN SPORTS

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Photograph taken by Lionel Olivo

By LIONEL OLIVO

Last week, Manhattanville’s Center for Career Development (CCD) hosted a Sports Career Panel with information, tips, and tricks for those aspiring to work in sports. The following are the key points from the panel:

In life, as well as in sports, we don’t always get what we want or what we think we deserve. Most of us spend our lives looking for what we think we want instead of being grateful for what we have: an opportunity. Every day is an opportunity to start anew, to build your hopes and dreams.

Please, don’t misconstrue the meaning of these words. There is no harm in seeking that corner office or looking to land that dream sports job.

The problem is that most people think they can get there just by wishing hard enough or by getting lucky. Well, I have news for you: luck does not exist. According to Branch Rickey, legendary baseball executive as quoted by Art Berke, former VP of Communications at Sports Illustrated and Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University and Manhattanville College, Luck is the residue of design. In order for good things to happen in your life as well as your career, you must be and continue to remain in a constant state of flux. You need to stay hungry. You must place yourself in the right place at the right time, not just hope and dream.

You will not land that dream job using your spare time to binge watch House of Cards on Netflix or by hanging out at your friends basement wishing to work for the Yankees. However, you can put yourself in a better position by keeping up to date in your field, networking at any and all levels open to you, and educating yourself continually. Your education does not end with your degree, that’s where it begins.

If there is one word that describes sport, it is passion. At any level of any career, passion will always serve as a driver to where you would like to be. The only problem is that being passionate is not enough. To get anywhere worth going passion needs to meet with its partner, hard work.

According to Melissa Goncalves, Account Coordinator for ANC Sports and Manhattanville graduate, there is no substitute for experience. At first it may be difficult to enter the business of sports, however, when given an opportunity, such as an internship, you need to work at 150% of your ability. You are always being watched and even though the firm you are interning in may not hire you, someone there may refer you to your first real job in sports.

In conclusion, wanting is not enough, dreaming is not enough, passion and hard work are the keys to a career in sports.

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