Our female student-athletes listen to lots of doom and gloom stories about what their professional careers will look like after college graduation. Whether it's the a glass ceiling or balancing job and family, they are understandably nervous as they try to figure out what they'll do post-playing job. Here's how we can help alleviate some of those fears.
3 areas we can help our female athletes as they prepare for the future
Possess high ambitions. In line with the article, New Research Busts Misconceptions About the Gender Gap (Harvard Business Review), you will find a perception among business professionals that women are less ambitious than men.
Just how we can help: Best Sexiest Female Athlete We can teach our sportsmen not to accept mediocrity. Similar to we preach that that they can't "turn it on" come game time, it can the same thing with having high goals for on their own. If they have high goals for themselves on the court, in the weight room, as well as in the classroom... why wouldn't they have high ambitions for themselves in the board room? Once again I have to toot my athletes-are-more-prepared-for-the-real-world horn.
You can have a career and family. In addition to not simply a career, but your dream career. Each once in a while, a student will plop down in a couch inside my office and question if they can have it all. They avoid put it that way, nonetheless they wonder aloud if they can have that job they've dreamed about for years when they also have the spouse and family they've also dreamt about for years.
How we can help: I usually talk to them about my career and family choices. I reach do a job that I love and make a difference in young householder's lives... I can't think about doing anything else! I've also got a husband who is willing to help out at home and who (more importantly) has a sizable family network where we live. So when I am out recruiting and he's off working, grandma can step in and monitor. As coaches, we've received to nip those "I'll never be able to balance it all" problems in the bud before they get cemented as real thoughts.
Understand sponsorship. Mentoring is a popular buzz word these days and nights, but more and more, individuals are saying sponsorship is much better than mentorship. Mentoring means giving advice whereas sponsoring means adding in a good word for someone with higher ups. Mentoring says, "I'll email you with a set of common interview questions. " Sponsoring says, "I worked with that ADVERTISEMENT a few years ago, let me give the woman a call and inform her you'd be an asset with her department. inch
How we can help: Let's show them what it looks like. Perhaps we can set up social networking events on campus where our athletes can hob nob with the administrative folks on campus who are the decision producers. As coaches, we've got to be sure that we keep up our end of the bargain insurance firms great relationships all over campus, so that when we need to call in a favor... the phone gets answered.