Transitioning from professional sport in to another career. Athletes do have transferable skills which are suited to other industries and organisations and not just sport. A lot of athletes and industry leaders aren’t aware of this. I aim to spread the message by having conversations with former athletes that have made the transition, they will tell their story. I will also use my personal experience having made a seamless transition from professional sport. There is no right or wrong way to make the transition; it’s important that you do what’s right for you, follow your own path. Good luck!
Stuart Robson - pro speedway racer to fire protection officer
I recently had a conversation with Stuart Robson who is a former professional speedway racer.
During this podcast we spoke about life as a speedway racer. Stuart had a long and successful career in the UK representing the likes of Coventry Bees and Newcastle Diamonds to name a few. He mentioned that during his career he thought it would be wise to learn a trade and went to college to study plumbing. Stuart now works for a fire protection company where he is responsible for ensuring that the paintwork and fire walling meets regulations in commercial properties. During the lockdown he also did some work for Tesco where he was a deliver driver and enjoyed the experience.
We share the same viewpoint on the subject that athletes need more help when it comes to transitioning away from sport. It's great to see that Stuart has made a successful transition.
Dan Kent-Smith - founder of Next Play and consultant at LinkedIn
I recently spoke to Dan Kent-Smith who used to work for LinkedIn.
During this podcast we spoke about how powerful LinkedIn is for athletes and how if done correctly they can utilize the platform to not only build their personal brand but also increase their network and seek advice. We also discussed the transferable skills that all athletes have and how they need to convey this to possible suitors.
Over the years Dan has spoken to many current and former athletes about the benefits of LinkedIn and why they should be using it - these conversation have been more prevalent in recent months as more athletes have been reaching out to Dan for help and advice as sport in general has felt the financial effects of the pandemic.
Dan is now a consultant and the founder of Next Play where he continues to do great things for sports people and companies by helping them future-proof their career and business via LinkedIn.
Narada Bernard - pro footballer to estate agent
Had a great chat with my old teammate Narada Bernard who is a former professional footballer for Arsenal and AFC Bournemouth.
During this podcast we discussed how he got his move to Arsenal, his time at Bournemouth and the highs and lows of his football career among other things. It's great to see that he has successfully transitioned away from football and is now carving out a career in the property world as an estate agent.
I love hearing stories like this as it backs up my stance on athletes having transferable skills suited to other industries - it makes it that little bit sweeter when you know the person too.
Hope you enjoy.
Trystan Finocchiaro - professional motorcycle racer
I recently had a conversation with Trystan Finocciaro who is a professional motorcycle racer.
I have no clue about this sport so it was great to get a bit of an insight in to the life of a motorcycle racer. Although Trystan has been racing from the age of twelve he actually got in to the sport quite late compared to the norm. Even though he is in his early twenties Trystan has already taken steps towards preparing for life after sport by completing a degree in journalism - he has also dabbled in some commentary and writing on motorcycling and sees this as a possible avenue to pursue after retiring in the future.
Trystan believes that studying, commentary and writing among other interests within the sport keep him focused whilst acting as a perfect distraction which I think is a great attitude to have.
Tony Walmsley - Performance Coach for leaders and teams under pressure
I recently spoke to Tony Walmsley who is a Performance Coach for leaders and teams that are under pressure.
Tony set up the The Leaders Advisory where he wants to impact the workplace by helping leaders inspire consistent high performance. He does this by dissecting the company's ethos and pinpointing ways for them to improve from the top right the way down. Tony's business has taking him all over the world and The Leaders Advisory has provided an opportunity to work with football clubs.
He's been involved in sport for over twenty-five years in various capacities; it was interesting to hear how he transitioned away from football to another career over a chance remark during a conversation with a friend.
Tony has some good ideas and I'm sure he will have a great impact within sport and other industries in the future.
Troy Townsend - Head of Development at Kick It Out
Had an insightful chat with Troy Townsend who is the Head of Development at Kick It Out.
During this podcast we spoke about his involvement with the Kick It Out organisation which has come a long way over the years in its attempt to tackle all forms of discrimination. Troy is also involved in many other things such as charity work, being a sports columnist and also has a podcast called The Conve3rsation.
Although as a youngster Troy wanted to be a professional footballer he sadly did not make the grade, but it's clear to see that he has drawn on his experiences and expertise to gain a successful career in other fields and is now well regarded within the world of sport.
We spoke about Troy's transition from football and how he still sadly experiences racism on a regular basis. It was interesting to here about his experiences; we shared our views and opinions on racism and he had some good advice on how he thinks athletes should prepare for life after sport from a young age.