Regardless of what area of Sports Management you are thinking about going into after you graduate, it is very important to find a mentor.
A mentor can teach you the ropes, gain your confidence, support your career and help you along the way of becoming successful in Sports Management.
A good mentor is someone who his been in the sports business for many years that also knows a lot of other people in the business that can put in a good word for you and help you build your network down the line.
FINDING A MENTOR
So you may be asking yourself just how you go about finding a good mentor.
You never know where you might find someone that would be a good mentor and in some instances, a good mentor may find you and offer their services if they like the work you are doing.
This could be a:
- Coach Or Manager
- Sports Agent
- General Manager
- Current Or Former Player
There are many different avenues you can take in order to find a good mentor and help the process along.
Finding an internship is not only a good way to find out what area of Sports Management you might like to pursue, it is also a great avenue in finding a mentor.
With an internship you can not only develop your professional skills it would be under the direction of highly qualified people that could be great mentor possibilities.
While an internship is a great place to start looking for a mentor, you have to remember that some internships may or may not offer you the type of experience you are looking for or have someone that could or is even willing to mentor you.
Believe it or not, getting to know your schools Equipment Managers is also a great place start even if that is not the area of Sports Management you are looking to get into.
Equipment managers are great because they deal with just about all aspects of a team including:
- Sportswear Companies
So while being an Equipment Manager may not be in your cards, it is a great idea to volunteer for an equipment manager just because of the opportunities it could open up for you down the road and introduce you to people that could be a great mentor for you in the field you are looking to get into after you graduate.
Sports Management Conferences are not only a great place to build you network, it gives you the chance to “meet and greet” with many important people working in the highest levels of professional sports.
Conferences give you a chance to learn about multiple careers in sports, mingle with sports professionals from all over the sporting world and make an educated decision on what area of sports you may want to work in.
Sports Management Conferences allow you to meet and network face to face with:
- Directors Of Player Personnel
- Executive Scouts
- Former Professional Athletes
- General Managers
- Head Coaches
- Sports Agents
- Sports Writers
Conferences give you the opportunity to meet many people from many different avenues of Sports Management with great possible mentors everywhere.
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