“Never take the job that someone offers. Make sure that you take the job that you want.”
-Dr. Dennis Kimbro
As you begin to navigate life after sports you will begin to make decisions that could potentially change the trajectory of your life. As you make these decisions I want to encourage you to THINK LONG TERM. When you are weighing different job offers and different career paths take the time to consider which choice will get you closer to where you want to be in the long run. There is no right or wrong answer. All I ask is that you begin with the end in mind. Ask yourself what you want to be known for. You need to be intentional in order to set yourself up for success.
Making a move to set you up in the long run could look like taking an unpaid internship one summer. You could also have the option to work a job in retail over the summer that could put a few dollars in your pocket but provide no relevant experience. The internship could give you the experience that you desperately need to add to your resume. The internship could also help you to establish meaningful relationships. As you continue to navigate life you will grow to understand the value of relationships. All I’m saying is that there is so much more to consider than money.
Let’s say you just graduated and you have two job offers …
Job Offer A
-Starting salary $45,000
-Offers an incredible mentorship opportunity
-Tons of opportunity to move up and advance within the company quickly
-3 weeks paid vacation
-10 minute commute
-Opportunity to earn performance based bonuses
-Graduate school expenses covered
Job Offer B
-Starting salary of $52,500
-$1,500 signing bonus
-5 weeks paid vacation
-Medical insurance but no dental coverage included
-No real opportunities to advance
-40 minute commute
If you had to choose one offer which one would you go with? Again there is no right or wrong answer. Maybe work life balance is important to you and having 5 weeks of paid vacation seals the deal for you. Maybe having the ability to advance quickly is important to you. You can choose to take more money up front and take the risk of getting stuck in your current position. Sometimes making unpopular decisions really pays off in the long run
All I want you to do is consider your decisions from every possible angle. Consider more than just the monetary value an opportunity presents. Figure out what kind of psychic income you can get from the job.
Psychic income- The personal or subjective benefits, rewards, or satisfactions derived from a job or undertaking as separate from its objective or financial ones.
As an athlete finding a career path that provides the right amount of physic income will make your transition a lot smoother. You have grown accustomed to getting positive feedback and being praised for your accomplishments. Your parents probably have a room in the house dedicated to displaying all of your trophies. Hearing your boss say good job and being named employee of the month can go a long way.
Ask if the work you are considering will allow you to help other people. Millennials are unlike any other generation. We crave work that has meaning. Social entrepreneurship is the new business model. Just look at companies like Toms and their one for one approach. Many other companies have followed their lead.
Take the time to consider more than just the amount of the direct deposit that will hit your checking account at midnight every other Friday.
Again the right decision for you might not render huge benefits at first glance. Years of participating in sports has proven this theory to you. Let’s say the head coach of a basketball team really wants to pick up the point guard full court for the entire game. Let’s say the assistant coach prefers to go with a full court zone press. The full court press could result in turnovers and easy baskets right away. The full court press could yield early benefits. Picking up the point guard full court may not lead to many turnovers and easy buckets. However, late in the game when the point guard has to make crucial decisions they will be worn down mentally and physically. They are the primary ball handler and will likely go to the free throw line in late game situations. After 30+ minutes of being harassed for 94 feet, their legs will be the first thing to go. This could lead to them missing critical free throws in crunch time. By picking up the point guard full court a team could reap the benefits later in the game.
So I pose the question. What will you choose? Will you decide to go with a full court press or will you simply pick up the point guard full court? Look at your career through the same lenses. Make the right choice for you.
Until next time,