After four years of hard work at one of the best schools in the nation for Sports Management, graduation is just around the corner and soon you will have earned your degree.
As with any student, there is always the question rolling around in your head about what to do once you actually graduate and have a Sports Management degree in hand.
School is over and soon you will be cast out into the real world. In order to succeed, you will need to know the sports industry in and out and have the tools you need to become successful.
As with most businesses these days, it is not what you know but who you know. As much as I hate to say it, that is the way it is and networking is great way to get to know the right people.
We know that networking is extremely important, but how do you find important people to network with?
There are many networking resources which you can, and definitely should, utilize in order to improve your chances and succeed in a sports management career.
Below I have listed the top resources that every sports management student should utilize to build up your network, meet people in the business and increase your knowledge of the sports industry in order to kick start your career in the sports world.
NORTH AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR SPORTS MANAGEMENT
The North American Society for Sports Management is a membership organization for professionals in the sports industry.
According to their website, “The purpose of NASSM is to promote, stimulate, and encourage study, research, scholarly writing, and professional development in the area of sport management.”
Membership is available to both current sports professionals along with sports management students.
As a member of NASSM you will receive:
- NASSM Conference fees at a discount
- An annual issue of the Sports Management Education Journal
- Bi-monthly issues of the Journal of Sports Management
The Journal features expert information covering numerous areas of sport management including:
- Consumer behavior
SPORTS INDUSTRY NETWORKING AND CAREER CONFERENCE
Sports conferences are extremely important in building a network and letting you be known in the industry and the Sports Industry Networking Conference is one of the leading sports conferences in the business.
It is an annual event that features some the top executives in sports and gives both students and recent graduates the opportunity to meet the biggest names in sports and hear keynote speeches, participate in panel and roundtable discussions and help build strong networks.
SPORTS EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATION
The Sports Executives Association is the place on the web for sports executives to get together to share ideas and build their networks and businesses. It is a great place for Sports Management students to:
- Interact with top executives
- Learn about the sports industry
- Build a network
This site could help increase your network which could lead to some great opportunities after you have graduated.
SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL
Sports Business Journal is a must read for anyone who works or aspires to work in the sports industry. The Sports Business Journal gets into every different aspect of a sports career.
The Sports Business Journal gives you all of the latest industry information including:
THE BUSINESS OF SPORTS
The Business of Sports is a sports industry blog that features a lot of content which helps both students and professionals alike keep up to date with the sports industry. So regardless of whether you are interested in sports marketing, advertising, ticket sales, or social media, this site will help keep you informed and up to date.
AGENT ADVISOR PROGRAM
For those looking to get into marketing, promotions, and representing professional athletes, Agency Athlete has an Agent Advisor certification training program which presents the chance for people to break into the world of sports and give them the opportunity to work directly with athletes.
After successful completion of the curriculum, you can start your journey as an Agent Advisor, learn the business and gain valuable experience while working under the umbrella of Agency Athlete.
The Agent Advisor program gives you a wider range of experience than any internship or account executive job with a sports agency.
WORK IN SPORTS
Workinsports.com is the best job board that there is in the sports industry. With over 5000 employers, 2500 sports jobs, and many internships listed, Workinsports.com can help you find an internship in which you can build your resume and gain ever important experience. Once you graduate, this site should be your first stop in trying to find work.
SportsCareers.com is another job board that features literally thousands of different sports jobs. They also have valuable content which can give you additional knowledge and help you develop your sports management career.
Teamwork Online is a sports job board with a unique twist. Teamwork Online has what they refer to as “Call an Audible,” which provides job hunters with an audio job description directly from the hiring person. The site also has numerous search features that will allow you to sort job listings by location, job type, and sport.
For anyone interested in working in collegiate athletics, you must visit NCAA.org. They have a Job board that features listings from all NCAA member schools.
They also have a great search function which gives you the opportunity to refine your search in order to find the exact job that you are looking for. You can also post your resume on the site so that schools with an opening can find you as well.