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I’m a 20 year old street smart fit male, I don’t know what I want to do, any ideas?

I have a background in every sport
I have great salesman skills
I have great street smarts
I have great leadership sales #sports #sports-management #business #work

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Frank’s Answer

Matt, I had the same question when I was 20. A career is found by following your strengths and the things you enjoy doing. I'm actually a very shy, quiet type yet I started in a sales job with a plan to develop my people skills. After 9 years I realized I was more of a behind-the-scenes type of person who loves detail work more than face-to-face interaction. I took a skills assessment test at a YMCA, and found I am more of an office, detail oriented person. There are many skill assessment quizzes available online that can direct you towards a potential career path. I learned a lot in my sales job and feel comfortable giving presentations and interacting with people when needed. I'm still a quiet person but much more comfortable meeting and talking to people.

I agree with the last reply from Kim Igleheart. It seems like you already know what you like, now it's just a matter of looking for a position that aligns with those areas. The key is to just keep looking, applying and get your foot in the door even if it's an entry level job. When you do a good job in whatever task you're given, you'll find opportunities to move to positions of higher and higher responsibilities. Other people will also notice your skills and may end up wanting you to work in their department. That's pretty much what happened to me. After my sales job, I started as an administrative assistant with a large nationwide company and was promoted to various positions within the company eventually becoming a senior technical writer. Today I work for a worldwide insurance company managing hundreds of forms and enjoy going to work everyday as my skills and strengths align with the requirements of my job.

You're on a great adventure. Enjoy the discovery towards your future.

Frank recommends the following next steps:

If needed, take Skills Accessment online quiz or check a college or the YMCA to take a career test. This will help you confirm what your strengths are.
Go to a job posting online site and enter in the items you like such as sales, sports etc. See what comes up. See what the requirements are.
Do you need any special training? Take any classes you need to meet current job requirements for the positions you are interested in.
You may want to try applying at temporary agency to get a feel of various types of opportunities available in the fields you enjoy. You may even land a permanent job through a temporary service.
Keep looking for job openings weekly and get your resume polished. If needed, check some websites for help on writing a good resume and learning good interview skills.
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Kathy’s Answer

You can only really find out what you want to do by that-- doing things!

Try out an internship, take courses, whatever you do, just do something.

You might not like the first job or internship you land, but it helps guide you onto the path of what you actually DO want to do.
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Lucas’s Answer

Try being an SDR (Sales Development Representative). It's competitive, relates to sport in that way. It's energetic. Its sometimes very autonomous so you can own your schedule. Its results driven. Soft skills sound very applicable to your criteria. Goodluck.
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Melissa’s Answer

Hey Matt. I can only speak from experience of a sales person in telecom. My first job out of college was inside sales with BellSouth aka AT&T and I've been with the company ever since. I did inside sales as my first job and I bought my first house a year later. Sales can be very lucrative. Most entry level positions will be a sales job because it is the best position to learn about the company and its' clients. Once you have been in sales for about 2 years, you can move around in the company. Hope that helps!
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Frank’s Answer

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Kumi’s Answer

I worked for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and met a number of people who have made it their career to be in sports organizing.
You might be able to get in early to the LA 2028 organizing committee. If you need a job before they are going into full hiring, there are many organizations, the big pro sports organizations (those might be tough to break into but persistence and networking may win out.), smaller organizations that put on running / triathlons, sports clothing / equipment manufacturers. good luck!
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Kim’s Answer

Hey Matt!

So, let me ask you this -what are you currently doing? Do you feel yourself being "called" in any particular direction? Have you taken any interest or skills assessments?

Career-wise, sales could be profitable. You could look towards management in retail, or even something way different, such as a pharmaceutical sales rep. They visit doctors offices promoting new medications. And they are paid quite well. Or, you could become a buyer/purchaser. They go out and negotiate prices, say, for a truckload of canoes. Buying products at a low price will allow your store to sell them for less than everyone else.

You could consider coaching, personal trainer, etc. Good personal trainers also get paid well. Or become a sports agent and negotiate contracts. Or go into broadcast journalism covering sports.

Your options are unlimited!!
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Pam’s Answer

Take a personality assessment, such as TypeFocus Careers or Myers Brigs to identify your strengths and interests. Knowing yourself sets the stage for choosing careers that are right for you. It makes sense to choose a career that fits with your personality strengths, values, interests and skills.

Pam recommends the following next steps:

Take the Myers Brigs or the TypeFocus Careers personality test
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Scott’s Answer

Clearly, you have a base spirit of competition. That screams sales to me. One good thing about a career in this area is if you are good at it, you will always have a job and make good money. I also see in your post the need to be on a team. So, ask yourself some fundamental questions (and I agree with the personality tests etc. We use them for new hires and they are spot on).

-Do you like detail work or big picture thinking?
-Are you task driven or do you like to wing it?
-Do you like to strategize or just jump in?
-Is a team win more important to you or do you like to be individually recognized?
-Do you want to report to an office everyday or be in the field?
-Is security more important to you than being an entrepreneur?
-Do you take direction well?

The answers to these questions will help you build a profile along with the testing that will point you to a career that checks the boxes you need to be successful. The old cliche is, "do a job you like and you will never work a day in your life."
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Matthew’s Answer

Look into getting your personal training certificate, as well as group training certificate (a big trend right now) . Great hours, and if you are a good sales person, it can be a very lucrative career as well.
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