I have been an athlete since I was 5-years-old. Freshman year of college, while trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I realized one thing was for sure: I cannot get up and leave the world of sports once my time as an athlete is over. The challenge was finding a major that would allow me to do so.
Being a coach was out of the question and I am too social and talkative to sit in a cubical for hours. God had designed me to collaborate with others.
I came across the sport media field and I was hooked.
Some of the well-known companies include ABC, ESPN, and CBS Sports. But there are so many additional jobs outside the big-name outlets. There are professional and collegiate teams as well as local radio and websites.
At Liberty University, we are lucky enough to have our own sports network, the Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN). This organization covers the university’s sports teams and provides live video coverage of games such as football, basketball, and baseball.
The sport media field is competitive as it is so it is important to find opportunities to show employers that you are different from other potential employees. Internships are a great way to get started.
Working for a sport team hands-on gives you experience that no classroom can provide. This is why it is important to start connecting with people early on in your college career. Knowing who to speak to and where to find work while beginning your career will help later on and grow your knowledge.
But what can give me the edge that employers are looking for?
Confidence is key. Standing out from your competitors will show you are unique. Networking will not only help you potentially find a job, it will help grow your communication skills.
Finding what I wanted to do in my career was quite the journey. But I found something I am truly passionate about and I cannot wait to grow in my skills and eventually use those skills outside the classroom.