Best college athletic programs to become a professional athlete?
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What colleges have highly ranked athletic programs?
Where did many current pro athletes attend college?
Are there schools that professional teams tend to like to recruit from?
It really does not matter what college you attend or what program in which you participate. The important thing is for you to strive to excel. As you become more proficient in your sport, you will be found - no matter where you are - at a time when you least expect it to happen. Scouts are everywhere.
The two most important things that you need to consider when thinking about becoming a professional athlete are:
- Learning about financial planning. Too many athletes acquire vast sums of money, which they are not prepared to manage and end up at the end of their career with nothing.
- Planning for an alternate career is very important. You need to prepare for an alternate career, as professional sports careers tend to end too often prematurely, and you will need another way to provide income.
The following will address the second area.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Ken recommends the following next steps: