People like to play. As a child, it’s a pretend world with figurines as the child explores human/inanimate interaction. It’s a health human growth sign to see a child learn to play with a ball. They teach themselves timing, physics, and safety: what you can and can not do to avoid painful consequences. As they grow older, swimming/music/education lessons teach them what is not obvious but essential to live in this world, Play can continue throughout a person’s life and can often define their life.
But how does one get a job playing? One, you need some expertise learned from your play. Let’s look at some of the many ways that opportunities in life can present themselves without your realizing it:
- You joined a club sport or league after graduation.
- You transitioned from a school team to a weekend warrior.
- You realized the importance of staying healthy and in shape with new casual sports like jogging or swimming.
- You learned the road back from being out-of-shape to maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes sport and maybe coaching.
- You found a volunteer position in coaching/refereeing putting the lessons learned to good use.
- Your focus and goals opened a whole vista of sports to the professional and/or Olympic levels to explore and you see a path forward to achieve success in Athletic Management.
- You became involved in school or sport’s Hall of Fame.
- You conducted fundraising for local community sports and beyond such as building stadiums which involves politics while remaining apolitical (politically agnostic).
- You organized community events (meets/dinners/awards) for a particular sport.
- You discovered socializing after games (playing on a company team) can lead to career advancement.
- You wrote a book about your knowledge and experience of sports.
- You learned strategies for recovering from sports injuries.
Transitioning from playing to a job requires experience and credentials. This path of learning may be harder than just playing a game, but it has rules where your determination can make a difference. If you considered your mind as a muscle, how often would you train it and work out to achieve your goals?
To help you learn these ropes which you can climb, I have developed a program called “Six Step to a Paycheck” in my book: Finding a Job in Tough Times. Visit www.findingajob.net for more information about this reflective workbook.