National Careers Week

The South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) is celebrating National Careers Week (NCW), held 16 – 22 May 2022.

Angus Fry playing hockey and graduating

NCW is an initiative of the Career Industry Council of Australia and aims to celebrate careers, career development, career development services, and career development practitioners.

It also promotes the economic, social, and personal benefits of career development for all Australians.

SASI provides career development services through Mark Gregory, Athlete Careers and Transition Lead. The importance of athletes planning their post-sport lives, whilst striving for sporting success, forms the basis of our career development curriculum. This curriculum has been designed to align with each sport’s scholarship period through collaboration with coaching and support staff.

Athletes attend a series of workshops which highlight the importance of developing a strong sense of self-awareness, and not limiting their identities to purely sport. Job search support gives athletes the skills to function as a learner, worker and community member, where they learn to create tailored resumes/CVs, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles.

SASI athletes also participate in a range of community engagement programs, further developing transferrable skills and network contacts. Teaching the value of high-performance sport, education, employment and community engagement is a powerful tool which helps each athlete demonstrate their unique ‘offer’ to employers and sponsors.

The combination of workshops and one-on-one support can also lead to additional external support from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Career Practitioner Referral Network (CPRN).

During NCW, we are urging our athletes and the broader high-performance sporting community to think about these three key themes:

  1. Understand your multiple identities – athlete, learner, worker, community member.
  2. Reflect on our world of work, and how it may change in the future.
  3. Gain support from the Athlete Careers and Transition Lead and/or the networks available to you, to assist you in making informed career pathway decisions.

Later this week, SASI will be premiering a short video capturing the thoughts of a range of SASI stakeholders answering the following question…

Why do you believe it is important for athletes to be working on their careers whilst they are still athletes?

Follow SASI on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to watch the video where athletes and educators share their insights on the importance of planning for their post-sport lives.