How can I prepare for my future?
Key Learnings
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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.

Using your Basketball career for future opportunities

Have you ever considered that the passion you exhibit on-the-court could be your key to a successful career off-the-court?

As a Basketball player you have demonstrated the discipline, focus, and competitive spirit that many employers want their employees to have. As such, you may want to factor in you experience as a professional athlete when choosing an option for education or skills training. You have a unique opportunity to leverage your current position in the next chapter of your life.

To be a successful athlete, you possess qualities and personal traits that are rare and very attractive to most organisations. These traits may include being:

  • Confident
  • Results-driven
  • Team-oriented
  • Mentally tough
  • Coachable
  • Able to overcome adversity

When making educational and professional choices, lean on your individual attributes and let your previous experiences and personal strengths guide you.

Although statistics show that former athletes tend to gravitate toward careers in sales, management and general business, the unique skill sets that professional athletes develop give you certain advantages for establishing successful careers in many different professions. These include sports-related careers such as physical education, athletic training and coaching.

However, while it can be wise to continue on a professional path that allows you to work in sport, do not be afraid to try your hand at something new.