So You Think Breaking Into Sports Is Easy?
I was recently working with a group of people on a project when the question that every college student hates came up. "What do you want to do after you graduate?" Everyone who was seated around me had answered it was my turn. I then said I wanted to work in sports. I didn't want to be super specific because the people around me had no dreams to work in sports and I knew they probably wouldn't care that I want to work in social media, event planning and marketing in the sports world, specifically with soccer or football in the UK. One of the people I was sitting with then decided it was a good idea to chime in with, "Working in sports and getting your 'big break' is easy, anyone could do it, even if they don't have a sports background." I had to contain my complete disgust and flood of sarcastic remarks towards this person because they had no clue.
I know what some of you might be thinking right now, "That person was right, anyone can work in sports if they try hard enough." To that I agree with you 100 percent. But the thing with the sport industry that people who don't work in it don't understand is that it's so hard to get that "first step" "the big break" "launching point" whatever you want to call it. People who want to work in sports can't just walk into the NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB team office of their city and slap down a resume with a school name and a volunteer position as a coach on it for a pop-warner football team and expect to be handed a job. Sports just doesn't work like that. You have to start at the bottom as an intern.
All of that being said, I explained to "anyone can work in sports" that I've done seven sports internships and know some of the top sports executives in the city I live in, and I'm still not guaranteed a job when I graduate. Breaking into sports is hard. There's a ton of sacrifice. There's times when you think "Is this really what I want to do?"
They say there isn't any crying in baseball, but there is. It just comes when you're trying to land the dream job.
Now listening to: "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor