And Now The Real World Begins

You have worked hard for four or more years and have finally walked up those stairs in cap and gown and received your college degree.


You rightfully celebrated with family and friends but now……the real world begins. And no matter what your career choice in the many different and rewarding avenues of Sports Management may be, it’s a scary place out there.

A long time ago when I was about to graduate and my father heard me saying that I couldn’t wait to finish school, pulled me aside and told me that I should enjoy school while I could because once I was in the real world, I would wish I was back in school.

At the time I disagreed with him. I could never wish that I was back in classes, studying all the time, doing term papers, not this guy.

After a while I came to realize that my father did not mean that. He meant the good times, the people, new experiences and lasting memories.


There will be tough times ahead, so if you want to be successful, it is important that you remember at least three things from your years in school.

  • A humbling moment. There will be times when you will be held in high esteem. Remembering a humbling moment can help you keep your feet on the ground.
  • Three important people.  Always remember and acknowledge those who really touched your life.
  • One infamous person. As much as you could learn from a mentor or superiors, learning from the mistakes that other people make can help you learn what not to do.

Remembering these types of things can pick you up when your spirits are low and keep you grounded when your ego gets the best of you.


Some of you may have already been offered a position after graduation due to an internship or someone you know and that it great! Your career is off to a good start. Work hard and make an impression but always do it ethically.

However, especially with today’s job market, most new graduates do not have a job lined up much less a career job.

There is a big difference between a job and a career.

A job is just something you are doing for a paycheck but not something you love to do.

A career is something you love to do, look forward to getting up in the morning to go to and the paycheck, while nice, is just a perk.


Always remember the mnemonic P-O-W-E-R.

  • Passion. Figure out what your passion is regardless of what it is. Find it!
  • Opportunity. Look for opportunities that re-energize you and fuel your passion.
  • Will. Will yourself to open to activities that push you and invigorate you.
  • Energize. Energize and encourage those around you. Use your passion and fire to drive people around you.
  • Relish. Relish the time you have in the areas that get you going and appreciate your passions.

Some times the real world can be a very unusual place because of people’s different personalities, agendas and work styles.

For many, the postgraduate world can be both stressful and exciting all at the same time. You can control your emotions and increase your success by going in with open eyes and be mentally prepared for the challenges that await you.

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