I wrote a little blog in 2015 calling on the 15,000 sports students to take ownership of their future. The reality was and is that not all of those entering into university level sports courses with dreams of working for Real Madrid or with Dina Asher-Smith will have their dreams come true. There is a statistical mismatch to those that hope and the jobs available, confounded further by the fact that the vast proportion of those graduates are not skilled to work in performance sport, i.e. they’re not employable.

Recent months have taught us one thing. You can’t plan for the future with any certainty. But if you can cast your mind to your wiser future self, almost certainly the lesson will be that we need to be more adaptable. Everything has had to change, shops, transport, forms of greeting and certainly education.

There seems to be three main options to facing the professional challenge of the crisis;

  • Lick your wounds, hibernate and wait for the storm to pass. This could be accompanied with a freedom to waft with the wind, let your hair down, chill!
  • Heighten your senses, raise the concern levels to alert, tune into every opinion, news item, trending topics. This could be accompanied with anxiety aroused so that you’re fully informed, aware of the concerns but unfortunately responding to them all!
  • Go about building the skills, experience and mindset that are almost certainly going to be relevant in the future. This approach is readying yourself for what will be one of the most common questions at interview for the next year, “What did you do during lockdown?”

At Supporting Champions we’re leaning into the current situation because we’re committed to improving the employability of the next generation of performance people. If you want to separate out from the 15,000 and are fascinated, committed and open-minded enough to join our community of like-minded people, then you’ll be;

  • understanding the reality of work with case studies to show you why
  • learning about the different career routes told by leading practitioners and industry insiders
  • learning how to grow your abilities, not just expecting a speedy boarding pass to the podium
  • transitioning to work by building your portfolio
  • crafting job applications with the interviewer in mind
  • learning how to interview for maximum effect (with acted scenes)
  • able to start work well
  • able to set up your own consultancy

If this is of interest to you then we’ve created and are building out a full employability hub, a veritable one-stop-shop through an unprecedented resource;

  • 100+ online video lessons and activities to up your skills
  • a community space to connect with like-minded people to discuss your thoughts, ideas and stay accountable
  • live Q&As to address your questions
  • bespoke personal development webinars
  • mini challenges to shape up your portfolio

If you’ve finished licking your wounds, if you’d prefer to channel your concerns into developing yourself, if you’re keen to embrace this situation and make the most of the moment to build your skills, sign up to the enrolment webinar on 3rd July at 11 am (GMT) to join the membership.

About steveingham

Dr Steve Ingham is one of the UK’s leading figures in sport and one of the world’s leading performance scientists. He is steeped in high performance and has been integral to the development of Britain into an Olympic superpower. He has provided support to over 1000 athletes, of which over 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success, including some of the world’s greatest athletes such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Steve has coached Kelly Sotherton's running for heptathlon and to 4x400m Olympic medal winning success. Steve has worked at the English Sports Council British Olympic Association, English Institute of Sport, where Steve was the Director of Science and Technical Development, leading a team of 200 scientists in support of Team GB and Paralympics GB. Ingham holds a BSc, PhD and is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Steve is author of the best selling ‘How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete’, discussing and inspiring the importance of learning and adapting to reach our maximum potential. Steve established Supporting Champions with the ambition of helping ambitious people to find a better way of creating high-performance. Steve hosts the Supporting Champions Podcast on sharing his pursuit of understanding and exploration in performance.

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