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Question

Submitted by: WISE Atlanta member | 10-15 years professional experience

I had a career in broadcasting/media for 10-plus years and then returned to school to pursue a masters in sports administration. I am now finding it difficult to find an area where I fit. When I apply for media positions, I'm told that my recent experience is more on the business side of athletics and no longer in media. And the athletics side doesn't feel I have enough experience for a role in that area either. I'd love to work as a video coordinator where I'm able to use my experience as a coach and athlete as well as my background in media. Any advice?

Answer

As we are approaching spring graduations this is a timely question. Here a some suggestions:

  • Discuss with your mentors and those pursuing similar transitions if they feel a consultant or volunteer experience in media and sports (e.g. a video coordinator for a local college sport) or additional training (e.g. professional/continuing studies classes or seminars/workshops presented by industry associations) would help fill the perceived gaps.
  • Reach out to those who hold a role similar to a likely employer and ask them for advice, e.g. what they would look for in a candidate for this particular role.
  • Conduct an informational interview with someone who has the type of job you want. Ask them for advice on how to present yourself as a top candidate. What did they do to reach their position? Any advice on what not to do?
  • Review and revise the language in your resume to link adaptive and relevant transition skills to current openings.
  • Review the goals and reasons you returned for your masters in sports administration. There may be forgotten steps and resources.
  • Take full advantage of your school's resources (department, professors, internships, classmates, alumni, career services) to continue to leverage your education and training.
  • Utilize the most relevant social media job boards and contacts, including LinkedIn and WISE.

Good luck!

Lauren Gordon

About Lauren Gordon

Lauren Gordon, Career Counselor at Career Transition for Dancers, provides counseling, group programs, seminars and training. A psychotherapist, EAP consultant and career counselor in private practice in New York City, Lauren serves the arts, sports and other communities. She is on the program committee of Career Development Specialists Network and has written about career transition, including a chapter on athlete career transitions in "Applying Sport Psychology."

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