How can I prepare for my future?
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The average playing career of a professional basketball player lasts on average 4.5 years; it is therefore essential to start planning for your future at a very early stage.
Identify your interests and explore what you would like to do once your playing career ends. Knowing what you like to do will help you make the right choices for your future.
There are many different options for your further education; take the time you need to choose the option that best suits you and that will help you achieve your long term objectives.
The attributes that you developed during your playing career are a big asset for your future professional life, do not underestimate what your sport taught you, it is invaluable.
Education can be expensive, planning ahead is therefore useful and might be needed in order to make your objectives become reality.

An athlete’s career is short by nature

The average playing career of a professional Basketball player lasts on average four and half years. Therefore, preparing for your professional life after Basketball is just as important as your current career on-the-court. The short-term nature of professional sporting careers and the uncertainty of sport (injuries, contracts, etc.) mean that education and skills training are key to achieving goals later in life.

In this section you will be provided with important information regarding your opportunities to develop off-court skills that will help you make a living after your playing career ends. Explore education options so that you’re already on track for a new career.

Before deciding on the steps to follow for your future, it is important to reflect on the following aspects:

  1. Identify your interests. The first step is to identify what you want to do after your playing career ends. You can be interested in staying in the basketball world and look for professional opportunities in the sport. But you can also identify other interests.
  2. Consider your opportunities. Identifying your interests will help you determine a rewarding career path and guide your decision about how to make progress towards your objective.
  3. Make your decisions accordingly. Identify what type of education best fits your personal goals. There are so many options that if you don’t spend enough time identifying what you want for your future, the decision making process could feel overwhelming and make you  feel discouraged.


A career in sport? – Test your aptitude!

Many careers actually allow you to work in the sports industry, for example as a sports presenter, sponsorship manager, physical therapist or a financial advisor. For an overview of different careers in sport, see this list compiled by the IOC’s Sport Up Your Life platform. To see which careers are best suited to your interests and talents, the platform also offers this test.

Education and skills training may not seem very important right now as your main focus is your life on-the-court. But keep in mind all the efforts you put in for the development of your Basketball career. It should be no different for your professional future. The investments in education you make now can lead to greater professional and financial success for years to come.

It is important to note that the system of education varies a lot from country to country. Make sure to get to know the educational system in the country where you want to pursue your education.