Lindsey Beck: Athletes to Careers
How athletes transition after their playing careers
Q: You work with Athletes to Careers, can you please talk about your role in helping athletes find work?
A: Athletes to Careers works with athletes to assist them in finding a meaningful career. My role at A2C is a Career Coach. I essentially help coach athletes on "how to land a job". Athletes to Careers works with a variety of companies who love to hire athletes. My job is to help connect athletes with those employers. I also help athletes by reviewing their resumes, preparing practice questions and helping them prepare for interviews. The best part is that all of our services are free to any interested athlete!
Q: Why do you think it’s so hard for athletes to transition post career?
A: Athletes already have everything they need to make a great employee - they just need a great coach to get them there sometimes. As an athlete, you already possess the traits and characteristics needed to make a fantastic employee in any company. Traits like a competitive mindset and determination make athletes very successful in the business world. The reason that it's hard for athletes to make the transition is because as an athlete your whole life you're told to me humble and let your playing do the talking. To land a great job you have to be able to stay humble while also being confident in your achievements. While athletes haven't had the time to do internships, they have learned equally valuable lessons on the field. The trick is being able to talk about your experience as an athlete and translating why those traits, like being hungry to win, will make you a better employee than your competition!
Q: What are some ways an athlete can better prepare for the inevitable transition to life after sports?
A: The best way athletes can prepare is to start thinking about life after sports early! Even at the top of your game it's never too early to start preparing. Networking is huge! In today's day and age technology has complicated the hiring process. While it appears to be easy to apply online in reality your resume can often times disappear into a black hole. As an athlete, you have a great network of people who want to help. Share your story with other's and start to build relationships with successful professionals. LinkedIn is a great resource to start building your network.
Q: How can financial literacy and prudent financial practices help athletes think long term?
A: My favorite quote is by Jerry Rice: "Today I will do what others won't so tomorrow I can do what others can't." I love this quote because it can apply to so many aspects of life. For an athlete, putting in hard work training will make you more prepared for game day. The same goes for a career. I always recommend to athletes to take the most difficult job they can because it will push them to be a better employee and open more doors for them down the road. I think the same theory can be applied to financial decisions. Do today what others won't (with your money) like investing in the stock market instead of driving the most expensive new car so that tomorrow you will have the luxury of doing what other's cant because you have built wealth throughout your career.
after graduating from UCLA now works with Athletes to Careers, where she helps athletes at all levels find jobs catered to their passions and skills. Beck has combined her job and love for sports to help athletes find themselves in their transition for life after sports.