An Awesome Student
What if you're a soccer star but you can't do that anymore and that's the one thing you're good at?
Greetings! I'm Ms. Tipton at the International Community School. My 3rd graders have a few questions and I'd like to share your advice with them. Thanks in advance!
Kimberly recommends the following next steps:
One could pursue a coaching career - several famous soccer managers are ex-players that had to stop playing careers for various reasons (injury, retirement, etc) and achieved further success by managing soccer teams.
Many ex-players are now TV pundits / experts / commentators offering unique perspectives with their knowledge of the game.
There are also plenty examples of successful soccer-related business and managerial careers that former players go into (club presidents, sporting directors, advisers, negotiators, agents, etc).
I used to have a job helping people to find jobs! A young lady wanted a job at the "doggy daycare center," where people drop off their dogs and the dogs get to play with other dogs. But, she had no experience working with dogs! Her only experience was working at a fast food restaurant. However, the job description for the position was very clear - this job would include doing a lot of cleaning. So, that is what we focused on - showing how she had to clean the grill all the time to prevent infectious diseases - the very same reason it is important to pick up dog poop in the yard! This is what we call "transferrable job skills."
Many professional athletes become coaches, assistant coaches, and some eventually become owner of teams. One great example is the famous basketball player Magic Johnson.
With this being said, study hard because even if you become the best soccer player in the world, you will need to figure out what you can do once you are your parents age.
For now, study and enjoy playing soccer. Playing sports teach kids a lot more than just the skills. They learn teamwork, the dedication it takes to improve their skills and how to deal with winning and losing.