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Any ideas about what careers I should look into?

I am a 16-year-old high school junior in NYC. I am the captain of my varsity basketball team and very interested in careers related to sports. I enjoy coaching, organizing, and running events particularly for younger kids. For example, I’ve coached both basketball and soccer and ran my own basketball clinic. These experiences helped me realize I enjoy coaching and mentoring I enjoy doing and it brings other people joy as well. From being involved in basketball and traveling to tournaments since a young age, I noticed a lack of accessible basketball facilities for kids and teens in NYC. This led to my interest in commercial real estate and owning my own basketball facility to run tournaments, open gyms, and manage my own travel teams. This would help me give back to my community and make a positive impact which is important for my career. I also enjoy meeting new people and building relationships, which relates to my interest in coaching and event planning via running clinics. I think more people need to show empathy and compassion because everyone has different experiences and perspectives to share. Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to do what they want.
This appreciation for more authentic self-expression and understanding others led to my interests in photography, fashion, and modeling. I enjoy seeing how different people express themselves and what they represent. My favorite subject in school is biology which relates to my interest in sports, training, and physical therapy. I would be interested in being a college or professional trainer. I prefer working environments where I can engage with and help others and with an end-goal or outcome to work towards. I could be interested in sales because I like building relationships and answering questions for people I want to help. A career I’ve thought about that combines my interest is sports photography.

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Phillip’s Answer

Hello! Your career goals are aligned perfectly with your passion. Your next steps to your goals should also align with making a living that can invoke your passion and love for your community.
1. Consider going to college and learning and majoring in Kinesiology.
-> Requirements for the degree.
-> Also consider the multiple paths for this degree career-wise.
2. Consider joining the college training team as a trainer or athletic helper.
-> You will gain insight into the sports world and different ways to help athletes.
-> Also helps you network with other trainers from different schools.
3. Establish yourself in the community by teaching about health and wellness.
4. Lastly find a mentor that can help guide you on your path that leads to your overarching goals.

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Maria Jose’s Answer

Hi Donovan,

As a fellow New Yorker and mother of a young child, I agree with you, not enough places for sports here.
Also very expensive to pay for particular sport lessons in NYC.
I would totally encourage you to pursue your dreams, your ideas are great and you can even become a business owner.
Maybe start in social media with the coaching part and look for a degree in that.
The best way to become successful is to obtain the education you need to backup your plans.
All the best!
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Brad’s Answer

Hi Donovan,

It sounds like you have a lot of interests and plenty of time to figure out what path to take. I would start by evaluating what your most passionate about. From the perspective of sports, coaching, and mentoring seem to be areas of interest. There are plenty of opportunities to become involved in coaching and mentoring in order to make a positive impact. This may ultimately lead you down a path ultimately running a non-profit or organization that is grounded in providing opportunities people to participate in sports while being mentored/coached by leaders in the community. If you end up continuing your education in college you can look at majoring in sports management, facility management, or business. This will give you further exposure and experience in areas you're interested in.

Brad recommends the following next steps:

Create list of interests for career - can be as broad or detailed as you want
Consider opportunities to become involved/pursuing interests
Speak to individuals who have careers in the areas you are interested in
Consider writing short term and long term goals and how or what you need to do to achieve them
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Shelby’s Answer

I think you could really enjoy a sales career in the medical device industry. Stryker is an amazing organization and has a Sports Medicine division. This could potentially check a lot of boxes for you. I strongly encourage you to check it out. They also have a sales internship program that you might want to consider to test it out (the internships may not be in NYC but they are 12 weeks long and they offer housing assistance). https://careers.stryker.com/
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Anthony’s Answer

Hello! Please, note the following, concerning your interest in careers related to coaching, mentorship, etc., towards soccer, basketball, etc. :-
1. Consideration of the type of career (Soccer coaching, Basketball coaching, etc.
2. Consideration of your goal and objectives.
3. The knowledge and interest in the career.
4. Your ability to undertake such job.
Best regards in your vision.
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H’s Answer

I would look into sports medicine or a sports trainer. You might also co side physical therapy specializing in sports injuries.
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