So you love sports, but you don’t have the physical ability to make it in the league of your dreams or compete against the best of the best – that’s okay! There are plenty of options within any sports arena, including the NFL, where your skills are necessary. Just like the athletes, however, you have to be willing to perform at your top level, as the competition is going to be incredibly stiff.
Throughout this post, you’ll hear first-hand experience from Nana-Yaw Asamoah, Global Managing Director of Partnerships for the NFL.
Turn Your Passion Into Action
Working with the NFL or any sports franchise will undoubtedly require a lot of passion and determination. It is not a field to work in if you aren’t going to immerse yourself in the culture – you will want to know the names, the faces, the statistics, and the histories of the industry. It is much easier to translate your passion than you think. You just have to be willing to do the work.
Working with the NFL doesn’t come to people who are willing to play it safe. You have to stand out from the crowd. You have to do something to get noticed. Now, sometimes your chances won’t always work out. Remember to think through your ideas and make sure that they make sense – would someone want to hire you after the chance you’ve taken?
Once you have the job, you’ll have to do the same thing. You’ll have to keep impressing and pushing forward, because there will be people behind you doing the same thing.
Stay hungry, constantly look for ways to stand out and don’t get complacent if you make it into the league.
Be Prepared for Movement
Working in the NFL means that you are not only working for one of the biggest companies in size but also in visibility. That means people will depend on you and everything has to work like clockwork in order for everything else to work out.
Also, many careers in the NFL require travel. This will come at the expense of things like family time and, likely, sleep. You have to be prepared for that. It means building your work ethic and being mentally strong so start creating good habits now so that you don’t have to make big changes when you get the job. Staying committed to being healthy and physically fit will come in handy as you will find yourself sitting in meetings, travelling the country, and doing a lot of paperwork. All this can take its toll on your health if you don’t have a fitness program and healthy eating habits.
Another thing to keep in mind is learning how to stay up to date with the comings and goings of the league. . Make sure you know the latest with the players, the newest types of technology on the market and more importantly learn how to identify opportunities that could impact the bottomline of the NFL. The more you are able to identify these opportunities, the more of an asset you will be to the organization.
Never Give Up
Getting a job in the NFL isn’t typically something you get out of college but that does not mean it is not achievable. It takes persistence and determination to get there so make sure you do your homework, identify opportunities, build relationships and figure out how your ability can be an asset to the NFL . The NFL doesn’t typically hire people who sit back and take it easy – they want the best of the best. Start small, work your way throughout different positions, and absorb all of the information that you can.
It might start with writing the sports section of your school’s newspaper. Then maybe you start writing your own blog about a topic that interests you – if you do it well, people will find you. Start getting your name out there: join chat boards, create a Twitter account, volunteer when you can, and just keep moving.
Your passion for the NFL can translate to having a career with them, but you have to take the appropriate steps now in order to get to where you want to be – wherever that is.