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How hard is it to get an internship and be a student-athlete in college?

Is it possible to intern while playing a varsity sport in college? How hard is it to manage your time as a student-athlete? #internships #time-management #athletics #collegiate-athlete

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Narendra’s Answer

Across the country, in athletics departments and campus career development offices, hundreds of administrators like Hammer work to equip students with the confidence and know-how they need to land their first jobs. For college athletes, that transition can require some additional insight. Sure, balancing coursework with training, practice and competitions requires high-level time management, and being part of a team means putting an organization’s goals above your own. But how do you convince employers that your college sports experience helps build their team?
“You have to learn how to use your athletics experience,” said Kellianne Milliner, assistant athletics director for compliance, academic and student services at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. “In an interview, learn to talk about how leadership played a role in being a captain – or, if you weren’t a captain, how you work as a team.”In other words, Milliner notes, college athletes have career skills. They just have to sell them.
The trick is to work on this well before graduation looms. It can be difficult to switch gears, but knowing the obstacles helps overcome them.Athletics administrators who work with students on life skills cite two common issues college athletes encounter when faced with life after school. First, they have so many immediate goals while in school – maintaining good grades, meeting obligations to the team, preparing for a season and for championships – that looking further into the future can be daunting.“They’re focused on the right now,” Milliner said. “They’re always working on the next goal, but that goal might be getting to the playoffs and not preparing for beyond that. They go to class, they go to practice. Their lives are very structured.”Along the way, though, college athletes can work on articulating how those skills they are honing translate into the workforce. Kristina Navarro, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, is working with the school’s athletics director, Amy Edmonds, to develop a leadership academy for student-athletes that will help them identify their talents and learn how to articulate them.“How do you put athletics on a resume when you’re competing against students who have had three internships or clubs and activities?” Navarro said. “They have to be able to sell the things they’ve acquired through athletics. We want to be that intentional reminder for them. It’s going to help them relate that experience to their professional future, whatever direction they’re going.”“In athletics your name is on every stat that you have, whether that be good or bad. The same goes for when you go out into the workforce. You must be willing to put just as much work into being great at whatever field you go into because at the end of the day, that is your new stat line.”

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Brendon’s Answer

I used to work four jobs while I was in university. I must say you have to plan your schedule diligently so your commitments will not interfere with your personal affairs or prevent you from doing other stuff you have to. You might want to consult a counselor at your school to assist you with this.
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Rachel’s Answer

I would say it is very time consuming to do one or the other, but with both you are going to need to mangage your time effectively. <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>



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