I was in the same boat when I was in high school. I love sports and played them throughout my adolescence, but knew I wasn't going to play in college. Therefore, I was looking for any way to stay involved in sports while studying, and there are plenty of options!
- Start with your school's athletics department. There are opportunities to volunteer and work at onsite athletics' events or supporting specific teams. I personally started out in sports information, but there are opportunities in several different branches of the athletics department.
- If you want to include sports in your major, there are plenty of opportunities there as well. Marketing, PR, Business, Sports Medicine, Journalism, etc.
- I used my experiences working in the athletics department at my university to help form my career path. I started as a broadcast journalism major, and then switched over to business and marketing as I started interning later in my sophomore/junior years.
- Use the contacts you make throughout to help find internships and opportunities during your summer and winter breaks (professors, coaches and administrators).
Jill recommends the following next steps:
- Research your college's athletics department ahead of your first year.
- If you don't have your heart set on a major, start with some broader courses in business and communications to help narrow your interests.
- Contact administrators in the athletics department ahead of your first year to establish a connection.