While being an Equipment Manager might not be considered a glamor position that a lot of Sports Management hopefuls aspire for, it is one of the best positions in the sports industry as it can open doors for a well paid and fulfilling career.
After all, an Equipment Manager is one of the most important aspects of a team and gets to work with athlete’s everyday and being a Student Equipment Manager while working for your Sports management degree is an excellent way to go.
GAINING FROM EXPERIENCE
The biggest point in being a Student Equipment Manager is that it gets your foot in the door and allows you to:
- Meet Important People
- Help Open Up Other Doors
- Build Up Your Network
- Increase Opportunities Down The Road
After all, reality these days in any business is not what you know, but who you know and the more people you know the more opportunities will open up for you in the future.
LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE
If you are in fact currently enrolled at a college or university in a Sports Management program, you are probably in one with a major athletics program as well. After all, that’s what gives you the advantage over students working for an online degree.
That is not to say that there are nor opportunities for students in an online program, as there are probably numerous opportunities in your local area including:
- Local Colleges Or Universities
- High Schools
- Local Sports Clubs
- Professional Teams
There are many different teams and sports that need student managers and that experience and the people you meet during that time is very valuable and can not be matched.
WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD!
There may be times as a student equipment manager that you feel that you are not getting the respect you feel you deserve or have earned. I encourage you not to let times like these bring you down.
Regardless of what you may be doing or how much you love the title or the idea of your job, there are always going to be times when you feel that it is too much to handle.
The athletes drive you crazy, the coaches drive you crazy, and the Administration does not understand all of your needs or what you may need to be successful.
Welcome to the real world!
A typical day in the life of a student equipment manager can be very hectic as:
- The Phone Is Ringing Off The Hook
- Athletes Want Their Practice Gear
- E-Mails Need To Be Answered
- Trucks Are Lined Up With Deliveries
Typically, there is too much work to do and not enough time to do it.
While you are a student equipment manager, the actual Equipment Manager will probably be your supervisor.
Equipment Managers must also:
- Balance Cost With Quality
- Make Sure Equipment Is Properly Fitted
- Maintain The Equipment
- Ensure That Inventories Stay Current
According to the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA), close to 30 percent of equipment manager’s time is spent communicating with:
- The Athletic Department Head
- The Coaches
- The Athletic Directors
- Staff Members
DO NOT GIVE UP
Even though it may be hectic with long hours and many demands, being an Equipment Manager is highly rewarding both mentally and financially and in the long run it will be well worth it.
Just remember to have a positive attitude and to always try your best. If you do this, you will succeed in any career choice.