Being an athlete is a tough job. It takes years of dedication and a disciplined lifestyle. Some people even sacrifice too much for achieving this. But the catch is; no one can compete forever.

What after Sports?

In every job or career path you choose, there is an end point. Maybe in some you retire early or a bit late. And it is because of many reasons. You may become prone to injury, your body isn’t fit enough or you are becoming old for the age bar.

Whatever it may be, the point here is that the end point should not be a complete full stop to your working life but just a change in roles and responsibilities.

Being an athlete is a tough job. It takes years of dedication and a disciplined lifestyle. Some people even sacrifice too much for achieving this. But the catch is; no one can compete forever. Be it a world class player or just a local crowd gatherer, everyone has their limit to go on and play.

Observing from the retirement ages of our beloved athletes, most give it up around the ages of 30-40. As told by the VOA news, the average retirement age of an athlete is 33. But in sports like gymnastics it’s as young as 18 due to its demanding flexibility of the athlete’s body.

Athletes, as mentioned above, retire at relatively young ages and most want to continue to stay active. What do they do next then? What’s life after sports or is there a career after sports; in sports?

Former tennis world #1, Boris Becker now coaches current #1 Novak Djokovic
Former tennis world #1, Boris Becker now coaches current #1 Novak Djokovic. He has been acting as a coach in his career after sports.

CAREER AFTER SPORTS

Here are some career after sports; options that one can pursue after his/her end in playing career.

Become a coach, train and help younger athletes

Primary work: Performance management, team development, Planning and administration.
Skills required: Knowledge of health science; sports coaching; sports management; sports science or previous playing/ coaching experience.
Working areas: Educational Institutions, Spots Clubs and teams.

Become a scout, find talent all over.

Primary work: Attend various sporting events or tryouts,
Skills required: Interpersonal and communication skills, Extensive knowledge of at least one sport and general knowledge of others.
Working areas: Educational Institutions, International and National Sports organizations.

Become a personal trainer, use your expertise of the game.

Primary work: Setting and help achieve client’s goal, understanding the client and making customized work plans, Diet and lifestyle consultation.
Skills required: Monitoring and Evaluation, Good communication skills and extensive knowledge of bodybuilding.
Working areas: Freelancing, Gyms and Fitness centers.

Become a public figure, use your popularity.

Primary work: Appearance/Promotion of products/events, Master of Ceremony, Social media engagement
Skills required: Event hosting/ Management, Marketing and persuasion.
Working areas: Social Media, TV/Radio and Events.

Become a sports analyst/ journalist, continue your contribution for the sport.

Primary work: Research, Performance analysis of teams and Individual players, Prepare reports and stats.
Skills required: Strong Mathematics, IT and research and analytical skills with Knowledge of different sports.
Working areas: Sports Companies, Brands and teams with Media houses.


Can’t find a career after sports that suits you? Start something of you own! Become a sports entrepreneur. Make you own career path. See a list of posts here that will surely help you become one!  Also, don’t forget to comment post-athlete career options that you know!


 

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Ayog Basnyat

Ayog is currently pursuing his undergraduate in Development Studies. Through SarSallah he hopes of helping people; especially youth, to better understand their career paths and explore their potential.
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