Taking the Next Step: A Healthy Transition from Student-Athlete to Employee Chris Carr, Ph.D., HSPP Methodist Sports Medicine Center Consulting Sport Psychologist – Purdue Athletics firstname.lastname@example.org Student-Athlete Seminar– Purdue University March 22, 2004
Being a Division I Student-Athlete • Successful high school career • Often heavily recruited (“courted”) • Scholarship for Athletic Performance • Highly structured schedule (by others) • Student-athlete “identity” reinforced by others, including fans, athletic staff, peers, family, and university community • Role of academics often “self-directed”
Exploring “TRANSITION” • A common and necessary “life” phase • Athletic “retirement” a transitional phase of life • Transition can evoke a variety of emotional and mental responses (normal) • Successful transition involves personal assessment (skills/values), goal setting, creating a plan, and utilizing resources
Transition: A Self-Directed Path(Small Group Discussion) • Think of 3-5 “challenges” that you are facing at this stage of your transition as a Purdue student-athlete • How would you “identify” yourself? • What are your “skills” and “assets” that may be able to transfer into a career? • In 5 years….what do you want to be doing?
Self-Assessment • What personality “traits” enabled you to be a successful Division I student-athlete? • What challenges did you overcome (as a student-athlete) while at Purdue? How did you overcome those challenges? • What are your “life” values? • What will be your “work” values?
Taking the “Next Step” • Right now, as you sit here in this room, what are the most predominant “questions” you have about the next 1-2 years of your life? • Anticipations? • Fears? • Dreams? • Goals?
Goal Setting: A Transitional Tool • Goals can be defined in the following areas: Career; Environment; Relationships; Personal Growth; Financial; and, Hobbies • Just as in your athletics…focus on CONTROLLABLES in goal setting • Goals should follow the SCRAM basics (Specific, Challenging, Realistic, Adjustable, Measureable) • Write down your goals…
Creating a Transitional “Plan” • Knowledge of “skills” needed in the transitional process (including resources) • Making a commitment to the plan (understanding the journey…and destination) • Set goals (process and outcome) • Monitor the plan (e.g. training plans) • Evaluate and Revise as necessary
Transitional Resources • PU Academic Counselors • Departmental academic advisors • University Career Services Office • John Purdue Club/Alumni • Former teammates • Family/Friends/Parents of friends • Greatest resource: YOU
Transition into Careers • Knowledge of careers (“you mean that’s a real job?”) • Networking and Informal contacts • Resumes and Cover letters • Graduate school exploration • Interviewing skills • Starting your first “real job”
Questions and Discussion • A healthy transition requires a process and a plan….with a desired outcome • Doing nothing…will gain nothing • “Using” your resources means initiating contact, following-up with suggestions, and committing to action • From here…it’s in your hands! • Good luck in your journey!!