Regardless of what area of Sports Management you are thinking about going into, it would be a good idea to find a mentor, someone who can teach you the ropes, gain your confidence, support your career and help you along the way.
Not to mention that a good mentor will be someone that his been in the business for years and knows people that they can always put in a good word for you down the line.
So you may be asking yourself how you might find a mentor. You never know where you might find someone that would be a good mentor and in some instances, after proving yourself, a good mentor may find you and offer their services.
There are numerous avenues you can take however to 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 possible avenue to finding a mentor.
With an internship you can further develop your professional skills under the direction of highly qualified mentor possibilities.
All internships are different however, so some of them may or may not offer you the type of experience you need or have someone that could or is even willing to mentor you, but it is a great place to start.
Getting to know your schools Equipment Managers is also a good place start even if that is not the area of Sports Management you want to go into.
Equipment managers deal with just about all aspects of a team including:
- Sportswear companies
Volunteering for an equipment manager once or more a week could also open up some opportunities for you to find someone that could be a good mentor, as well as giving you the possibility of opening some doors for you down the line.
There are also numerous certification programs available that offer both students and graduates the opportunity to become certified Agent Advisors.
Once you are approved, pass the course and certification tests, some programs will give you the opportunity to recruit, represent, advise and solicit marketing opportunities for athletes on behalf of their agency.
The good programs are just full of mentors that will help you along the way while you learn the ins-and-outs of the business and break into the world of sports.
Agency Athlete offers an Agent Advisor program which offers much more value then others and they have numerous people that could be a mentor and help you along the way.
Agent Advisors will learn the business while working under the umbrella of Agency Athlete.
This program provides you with a wide range with different areas of Sports Management including:
- athlete scouting
- athlete recruiting
- client acquisition
- client relations
- athlete development
- sports marketing
- social media
- public relations
- and more
Sports Management Conferences are not only a great networking opportunity but they give the chance to “meet and greet” with people working in the highest levels of professional sports.
Conferences give you a chance to learn about multiple careers in sports and mingle with sports professionals from all over the sporting world.
Sports Management Conferences allow you to 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 and there are possible mentors everywhere.
In addition, numerous Sports Management Conferences take place during a major sporting event which not only increases opportunities to meet possible mentors and network but gives you a chance to see the event as well.