How companies choose their employees in 2017 – JobTrends 2017

The JobTrends 2017 study shows how companies and personnel managers choose possible job candidates.
After graduation, it's time to score the first job and make an entry in our dream career. We try to be flawless in our CVs, want to make an unique impression to be the perfect candidate for our future sport jobs. But writing the perfect application is far away from being easy, especially if we don't know exactly what an employer is looking for in a candidate. That's why the german Staufelbiel Institut und Kienbaum asked 297 companies how they choose new employees and which criteria are crucial to be hired. Thanks to the study JobTrends2017, we get a great insight on what companies and personnel managers expect from a candidate.

The CV leaves the first impression

When receiving dozens of applications for a job, the selection needs to be quick. Personnel manager only take a few minutes to pre-select possible candidates for a job interview. That's why they focus on the CV for the first impression.
"On average recruiters spend less than 2 minutes in the selection phase, so give yourself every chance of success."Andy Gugenheimer in Want to work in the sports industry?
So, how to suceed? According to the study, your CV should be well-structured and clean. Spelling mistakes, a wrong adress or contact are absolute no-gos. Also, the following aspects need to be a part of it:
  • the final grade
  • language skills (a foreign language is a big plus)
  • in non-english companies: english skills
  • work experience, i.e. internships or part-time jobs
Don't be scared if your final grade isn't perfect: Companies prefer work experience over flawless marks.Still, this doesn't mean the letter of moviation doesn't matter. More than 70% of the personnel recruiters make their decision based on your cover note. Important: Keep it individual, no copy-pasting.Even though, more and more companies accept an application without a photo, 82% are still convinced that it completes the application

Soft skills matter

Let your application speak for yourself. It shouldn't only show your experience and hard skills, but also your personal qualities. Soft skills are crucial critera for every job. Personnel recruiters want to see your
  • initiative
  • commitment
  • communication skills
  • team spirit
  • performance orientation
  • willingness to learn
Just to name a few. All of these are important for 90% - 100& of all companies.

Economics, IT or Engeneering? What companies are looking for

The study asked companies from different industry sectors (automotives, banking, chemistry/pharmaceutical, consulting, trade and IT) for their desired studies. Overall, the most looked for candidates are economists. But also IT and engeneering graduates have great job possibilities in all sectors.Of course, this differs a lot regarding the business. In chemistry and pharmaceutical the most looked for employees were scientists - next to engineers.

The study by Staufenbiel: Further information

The questions also concerned salaries for career entries and internships, as well as contracts, possible benefits and more. If you want to know more about the desires of companies in 2017, you can find the whole JobTrends 2017 report to download here.

A 100 mile swim from Cuba to Florida: What we learn from 64 year old swimmer Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad swom 100 miles from Florida to Cuba at age 64, being the first one to ever accomplish this. A monday motivation.
Do you know Diana Nyad? She did a 100 miles swim from Cuba to Florida at the age of 64, for the first time of history. She accomplished something that professional swimmers have been trying since 1950, but couldn’t do it.When hearing her Ted Talk „Never, ever give up“, it left me in awe thinking how a 64 year old woman could achieve this. A painful struggle that no matter of sex or age, no one did before. She managed it by training and trying over and over again. This is monday motivation, or actually, lifetime inspiration.Even after failing 4 times before, she stuck to her goal. And by not giving up, at one point, Diana Nyad made it. 

Listening closely to her Talk, there’s 6 essentials to learn which are a kick-ass mantra to succeed in what you want. Before you continue reading, keep in mind that her example doesn’t only apply to sports. It applies to anything you have set your mind on, whether it’s a passion or a career.

Never, ever give up

These words have been the first ones she said after reaching the shore. Incredible enough she was able to speak at all after a 50 hour plus swim, she chose her words wisely.
 No matter of her training being intense, she still failed four times before she finally managed the whole distance. Even though everyone around her told her that there was no chance to do it, experts as well as people close to her.
„ When I turned 60, it wasn't so much about the athletic accomplishment, it wasn't the ego of "I want to be the first." That's always there and it's undeniable. But it was deeper. It was "how much life is there left?“ -Diana Nyad
When you want something so bad, you have to fight for it, never lose track of your goal. You need to get back up after you failed. Stay bold and strong and believe in yourself, no matter what others say.

Find a way

One of the reasons, Diana made it through, was her playlist. Focusing her mind on „Imagine“ from John Lennon helped her not to give up and endure hypothermia, muscle pain, jellyfish stings and much more. That was her way of doing it. 
Of course, there’s much more to it - a team, capital, a lot of training, a great mindset. Still, the small things make the difference. 
So, find a way to achieve what seems impossible right now, be it because of insufficient resources or skills. For most problems, especially those in sports or jobs, someone already found a solution. Figure it out and adapt it to yourself - improve it through the little details that make your way different from others.

Discipline and preparation

It should be crystal clear that preparation and training are the key factor for a 100 mile swim. Diana was a professional swimmer until the 1970s. After a pause of 30 years, she started an intense training - not only of her body, but also of her mind. Every day for years. 
Without discipline, learning new skills takes a long time up to forever (maybe never). Endurance is important to run a marathon, it is also essential to get a promotion in your job.

You’re never too old to fulfill your dreams

Obviously, chase your dreams no matter your age. There is no too old.

If you fail, it doesn’t matter

Being afraid of failing is what keeps most of us comfortable at home, missing out on great opportunities. In life, but also in your career: a new job, your own start up or freelance career. There’s a well-known book called „The Journey is the reward“. Sometimes you might not be able to succeed, because of outer or inner circumstances. Still, you put a lot of effort in it, developed yourself and became a better you. No one can ever take this away from you.
„And when you reach for the horizon, as I've proven, you may not get there. But what a tremendous build of character and spirit that you lay down; what a foundation you lay down in reaching for those horizons.“- Diana Nyad

Your team has got your back

Remember, Diana Nyad was never alone. Not on the days of her expedition, nor on the days of her preparation. They did it together and alone she probably would not have done it. Like we learned in „How to find a job you love“, you are like the people that surround you. A team of mixed personalities can give you new views on how to succeed, stay by your side with expert advice. Or might even just motivate you enough to get up on a day where everything seems like it will fail. Whatever you want to achieve, you will need a great team.To sum it up, the mantra to get what you want is: Believe in your dreams, work hard, never give up and surround yourself with a team which has got your back.Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America

How to score in a job interview

How to behave in a job interview
You got invited to a job interview? Congratulations! Your application convinced the company that you are one of the possible top candidates for the free position. What you need to do now, is giving them your best self in the interview to score the job. In the previous blogs, we already hinted on a checklist on how to prepare for the interview and what to wear to succeed. Now it's time to consider on how to answer and present yourself.We keep it short - these points won’t need any more explication. The interview is the moment to show them what you got. You’ll need to be self-confident and sell yourself as the best possible employee for the job. So, no questions asked - this is how you do it!

The body language

The interview is not only about the things you say, but also the ones you express with your gestures. Needless to say, it's all about showing your self-confidence and openness - two things which are transfered by body language.  That's why:
  • When you enter, smile, search eye contact and greet everyone in the room with a firm handshake
  • All the time, try to hold (natural) eye contact, without starring - if there is more than one interviewer, switch between the different persons without rushing it
  • Same for a slight smile - keep a friendly and self-confident look all the time
  • Control your posture - sit up straight, but not stiff - it's about an open body language
  • Don’t cross your arms before your chest. Better: Keep them relaxed in your lap

How to speak

Similar to your body language, how you answer will tell your interviewer a lot about yourself. Of course, what you say is giving away essential information, but so is the way you speak. It is important to
  • Avoid slang and pause words
  • Speak clearly and in a moderate volume
  • Talk in whole sentences, even when a yes or no questions comes up - the details in your answer will stand out from the ones of your competitors

Your answers to make the best impression

Now we reach the main part of your interview - the content of your answers. Keep in mind that your answers aren't only for impressing your dream employee. It's also your chance to figure out whether the job fits you.  Please, be honest in your answers - if you need to conceal your true thoughts on too many occasions, the job and the company are not the right one for you. Furthermore,
According to Andy Gugenheimer, Headhunter for the Sports Industry and CEO of Sportyjob, your skills and individual performance is what the company wants to see in an interview. Nevertheless, the possibility to integrate individuals in a team is - especially in the sports industry - a very important factor to be hired. Even when you bring amazing skills on your own - if you aren't a team player, you probably won't get a chance to prove yourself. By using "us" and "we" when answerings specific questions about possible projects and tasks, instead of "I", you'll express your will to work in a team.

  • Answer the questions in the best possible way by showing a) the information you collected before about what you know about the company b) the skills, experience and strengths you can bring into the company
  • Don’t push it though - no need to show off, try to be self-confident, but natural
  • Show enthusiasms and passion for the job
  • Avoid asking too much about possible benefits - it’s ok to talk about salary and other labour conditions though, but wait until your interviewers will bring up the topic
  • Avoid talking about your former employer or colleagues in a negative way - they will conclude that you might talk about them the same way
  • Ask the questions you prepared or ones that haven’t been answered by the interview
  • At the end, thank the interviewers for their time and tell them you’re interested in the job - the interview is meant for both sides to figure out if the job fits, so be open about your conclusion

The perfect outfit: What to wear in a job interview?

The outfit for your job interview is the first impression the interviewer will get, so keep in mind to choose it well

When it comes to a job interview, everyone sooner or later has to think about appropriate clothing. The solution is a little tricky as it depends on a lot of factors. You have to keep in mind to dress for:

  • the company
  • the industry
  • your age
  • the career level
  • the job position
  • the weather
  • your personal style & character
The list goes on - sounds like a lot of critera to join together, right? Especially when it's about finding the right balance between yourself and the job requirement. How do you keep yourself real and measure up with the expectations of the human resources manager? Easy: Follow these steps to choose the best outfit for a job interview!

Industry & company check: Know your employer

Where are you applying at? Is it a bank, a rock-bar or the sports industry? Every branch demands a particular dress code. So does every company. Have a close look at the people you will be working with, google the HR-Managers and stalk their Facebook-Profiles for getting an idea of their personal style. Xing and LinkedIn are also helpful, especially since most people use their most recent applciation photo. Consider checking their website, too. Often there's a team page which gives away a lot about the employees and their dress code.

Ironing is not only for mothers

No matter if your clothing is chic or sportive - keep in mind that it has to be neat. No one wants to see stains, holes, make-up and sweat-marks as well as creases. If you are unable to cope with that issue, just ask the dry-cleaners around the corner.

By the way, if you have to sit a lot before you get to your interview (since you might go by car or train to your interview), wear a different outfit for the drive. Change clothes shortly before you enter the company - this way, your outfit stays neat and you don't end up ruining it before.

Hey sexy moustache!

It is okay to wear a beard - but make sure to crop it properly. Nowadays, beard's are very chic - so is long hair. If you are a man, put it in a man-bun, this way the hair won't fall in your face and distract you or the interviewer. Altogether your appearance should be tidy and neat.

Stick to your tattoos during a job interview: It's a part of your personality and your employer will find out about them sooner or later anyway.

We know that society is still a little careful about tattoos and piercings. But still: Stick to your colors - the holes in your face and the shades peaking through your shirt will reveal your secrets anyway. It's a part of you and if an employer can't handle these, it's not the right working space for you anyway. Especially in the sports industry, this shouldn't be a problem as it's a modern sector. For a job in retail, if it's required, the interviewer will ask you if it was a problem to take them off during working hours. However, this way, both parties know in advance what to expect.

Sex not always sells - keep it professional...

.. and we are not talking about professionals. This fourth point basically concerns the female population. Of course, a nice cleavage will pick up attention, just not the right way for a business position. Button up your blouse, don't wear anything transparent and better not emphasize your curves by wearing tight or short trousers and skirts. Your attributes will just distract from your abilities and that really would be a pity.

Most companies' dresscodes require knee-length outfits - this is a rule to stick to.

Etiquette is necessary

If you apply for a job that demands a formal dress code, you have to stick to a few rules: Do not unbutton your jacket until you take a seat and make sure that your tie ends approximately one hand's width above your belt. Furthermore , don’t put too much stuff into your pockets, the baggy-look is out of place when it comes to job interviews.

Keep it real

The be-all and end-all is to remain true to yourself. If you nearly pass out by thinking about wearing a suit, then you really should re-think your decision to become a banker. In the end you have to feel comfortable with the business and the dress-code to succeed in the interview. Remember: You have to sell yourself - which is only possible if you feel comfortable. Self-confidence comes from your style and your personality - so show who you are. If you do your job well, no one cares about your outfit anyway.

Concrete Job Interview Outfit Ideas

The formal outfit: Suit up

As a generel rule: Conservative and formal working spaces require you to wear a suit. This counts for men and women. We are talking about a jacket, a (bow-)tie, shirt, trousers (or skirt for females) and neat leather-shoes. For women, if you prefer wearing heels, don't choose them too high. Choose dark colours like black or navy and combine them with shades of pastel. Avoid too colorful outfits and crazy patterns. 

The casual job interview outfit

Did you know that sport companies like blue tomato and island collective actually prefer a casual style? Welcome to the sports industry! Of course, there are high positions where a suit is required, but in general, they look for people who love sports and being outdoor. Something that shows in your style. To give away the right impression at the beginning, the perfect job interview outfit for these sports companies (we talk about active sports) is a casual style. If you want to suit up, combine it with sneakers. Keep in mind to keep it neat though - ironed, clean and not shabby are still a Must.

A casual outfit is especially a plus in lifestyle and sport companies

What to wear in summer or when it's hot

You don't want to show up all sweaty, so in general dress up short before your interview starts. But what to wear so you won't melt away during your interview? Like said above, a  general rule in business are knee-length outfits for women. It's perfectly fine if you want to wear a (neat) shorts or skirt. The minimum length should be one hand width over your knees though. Combine it with a blouse with short sleeves - et voilà, perfectly dressed. For men it's a little harder. We know that most companies still require long trousers. Feel free to combine it with a half-sleeved shirt. When it's hot, your employer won't mind if you don't wear a jacket. If it's a very formal interview, put it on short before you enter the interview and ask to take it off because of the heat. This way you still showed your style and etiquette.

What to wear in a Skype Job Interview

Just want to wear half of an outfit, because the other half is below the camera? Just don't! The moment might come that you have to get up. Actually, interviewer's could even ask you to stand up. So, same rules as above - it's still a job interview!

To sum it up: If you dress up, you'll look amazing and feel this way, too. If you feel good, you'll be a lot more self-confident. That's the spirit you'll need to rock your interview! So, dress for success!

The outfit is of course not the only thing to keep in mind when having a job interview. That's why last week we posted our job interview preparation checklist. So if you want to know more about how to rock your interview, find here the walkthrough on how to prepare - from one week in advance to the final day. There's no better way to keep your nerves under control and show up with self-consciousness to get the job you want!

The Job Interview Preparation checklist

How to prepare for a job interview
After sending out several applications for sport jobs or even just one for your dream career, you finally hear back! A moment of pure joy and happiness - until your eyes stop on the set date for your interview. You can already feel a slight pull in your stomach just thinking about it. Most of us are completely stressed out by the thought of a job interview - being put on a test to prove we are the right ones for the position. But more self-confidence can be achieved easily with a good preparation. If you start sorting everything out in advance, the interview won’t be as overwhelming and you’ll be more assure of yourself.This checklist will help you focus on what you need to know and what to pack, so keep these steps in mind to rock your next interview!

At least 1 Week in Advance

Further Research about the employer

Knowing about your future employer is already a part of your application beforehand. Still, refresh your knowledge for the interview and go more into detail. It won’t be enough knowing about the industry they are in and what they do in detail. Inform yourself about their principles, hierarchies and important persona. Thanks to LinkedIn you could already gather information about your interviewer in advance.  Bigger companies also publish news about recent projects and future goals - know them to impress in your interview.By the way, did you know that one of the most mistakes is that applicants don’t know what the business’ acronym actually stands for? Always know about the company’s name - it’s representing what they stand for!

Know the details of your future job

This is not only about the general tasks the position includes. Furthermore, you should already know whether your future job is part time or full time, if you’re going to work in a team or solo, whether it’s a leading position and so on. If not all of the details can be found in the job ad before, just call the HR department and ask for more info. This way, there won’t be any surprises during your interview.

Also, carefully revise the job ad. For sure they will ask you about all the requested qualifications. If you mentioned one of the requested skills in your cover letter that you actually are not really familiar with, now is the time to deal with it. When it comes to languages you always should be honest: would be bad if the Human Resources Manager welcomes you with “Buenos días, encantada de conocerle” and you can´t do much more than smile at her.

Common questions and answers

Every interviewer will try to catch you with some unusual questions. It’s fine if you take your time to answer these, even if they throw you off the track for a second - that’s what they are aiming for. This shouldn’t happen with regular questions though. If you are new to interviews, you can google common questions to prepare your answer in advance. This way, you’ll meet your interviewer with a lot more self-confidence and score with a great answer!

Know your own qualities

It’s hard to sell yourself, especially if you haven’t much experience in the new position. Unfortunately, a job interview will only succeed if you manage to do so. The key is to know about your unique skills and talk about them without bragging. In fact, finding out your own worth is a key factor to impress an interviewer. For a little help, we wrote this blog about how you can learn about your own worth.

Prepare your outfit

Dress for success - you probably have heard about this before. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean to suit up. Especially in the sports industry, the right outfit can be casual as well. That depends on the company’s principles. If you have a chance, find out about the dress code beforehand - take a small visit to the company or ask an acquittance who works there. Seeing employee’s profiles on LinkedIn might also give you a hint.  See if you have one, better two, fitting outfits in your closet. If not, buy one in time. Doing this as early as possible will help you being prepared perfectly. You’ll still have enough time to sort out any problems like stains or holes or worst, a bad smell. Imagine doing this on the evening before your interview: You’ll freak out finding a new one, even when the shops are still open.More infos on what to wear in a job interview can be found in our blog What to wear in a job interview.

Know your worth

Find out about  the common salary for your job. This depends on your location, the size of the company and the position itself. There are great portals online to do your research, i.e. Glassdoor. Moreover, know for yourself what you would like to earn - and what the least salary would be. This is also regarding holidays and working hours.

A couple of days before your interview

Check out the directions and do a test-run

It is incredible how many people are too late for their job interview - it’s a common mistake and most of the times, already the end of the beginning. Don’t rely on GPS only, there could be a traffic jam, road closure or whatever. So, check out the route before and best, see how long it really takes for you to get there. For people using public transport: Find out which would be the comfortable connection to be there in time* - and note down the one before this one to take on your interview day. Even if you miss one, you’ll still be there spot on.*Just so we’re clear: In time doesn’t mean in the last moment, it means a comfortable arrival a little bit earlier.

Writing down your own questions

When you feel prepared about the questions that might come up, find out for yourself what you want to know about the job and the company. The interviewer will expect you to ask - it shows curiousness about the employer. See it as a sign you really want the job. By the way, you don’t have to wait until the end of the interview to ask. If it fits the brought up topic, ask your question - the interview will be more like a dialogue.

Do a test interview with a friend

See this as a chance for a rehearsal. It will boost your confidence and help you talk more natural in your interview.

On the day of your interview - one hour in advance

Last time: Check your appearance

So, this is actually two points. First, check yourself again before you leave home to head for your interview. Control if your outfit is stain free and suits you well, that you smell good (don’t overdo it with perfume), brush your teeth - to sum up: Dress for success.  When possible, try to arrive 10 minutes earlier at the company to make another quick checkup. Especially when you’re living in a big city and came by bus, train, sub, you’ll be happy to be able to re-arrange your outfit or hair.

Don’t smoke!

Seriously, even if you’re a smoker, try not to smoke after you put on your outfit and brushed your teeth. Smelling like smoke is a turn-off - not only for a date, but also for an interview. Especially, when the person interviewing you is a non-smoker. We all know that you’ll need the cigarette even more on this important day to calm your nerves, but try to stay strong. Chew (nicotine) gum during your drive. By the way, having coffee short before has a similar effect - bad breath. So if you’ll need it, at least bring mint. Or better, avoid it after brushing your teeth.

Mute your phone

Seriously, a ringing phone will feel embarrassing for you and it will be disrespectful for your interviewer. Also one of the common mistakes.

Try to relax

The last things to prepare short before your drive should be small things, anything else should already be prepared. The interview itself will already stress you out, so no need to push it even more by nerv wrecking last minute preparations. Take your time before you head out to calm your nerves instead. Listen to your favorite songa, phone with a friend, meditate, go for a walk, whatever brings you down. We know that this is probably the hardest point on this whole checklist, but go for it anyway. You are so well prepared!

What to pack

Your Resumé / Application

Taking your application documents to an interview makes a good impression - it shows that you are prepared well. Also, it will be a great help if questions regarding your experience come up. You can always easily point to your CV, having your milestones set up written down for everyone to see. The HR sure will bring her own copy, but in bigger companies,  sometimes an additional employees will join the interview, for example your team or project leader.Just don’t stash it in your bag! To make a good impression, bring your resumé in a folder so it will stay neat and clean. Stains on your documents or dog-ears are an absolute no-go!

Pen and Paper - or if it’s a modern company, a Tablet

If you bring something to take notes during your interview, you’ll show interest in your - hopefully - future employer. Furthermore, you’ll probably need it as well. There’ll be a lot of details about the job that you will want to note down for later. Of course, you’ll be sure that you can remember it all - but seriously, you won’t. Especially when you’re nervous.Nowadays, in most companies it will be okay as well if you take notes on a tablet. Especially in modern companies or agencies, this will actually be a big plus as you show your interest in modern media. This is a shout out especially for people interested in a job in sport online marketing or IT! Conservative companies still prefer pen and paper though.

An extra shirt / blouse

Ever heard of murphy’s law? In the worst moment for something to go possibly wrong, it will go wrong. Translated: If you don’t bring an extra shirt, you’ll probably spill something on the one you’re wearing. In a young and small start-up your interviewers will probably laugh it off, but in any bigger company a clean outfit is a must. Dress to impress.

All the small things

Mints, tissues, water for the journey, a comb or a brush, make-up for the ladies (for a retouch), a phone in case you’ll be late, the number of the company. Do you feel prepared yet? Perfect! Read about the right behavior in the interview itself, in the next blog.

adidas and Parley against plastic pollution: Run for the Oceans 2017

The AIR strategy by Parley to preserve our oceans
There is always time for a change. Especially if you want to protect something you love.
„Our oceans give us life. What do we give back?“ -adidas running
To raise awareness for the World Oceans Day 2017 adidas and Parley organized the initiative Run For the Oceans. A global run against plastic pollution.

World runners against plastic pollution: Run for the Oceans 2017

Looking back to the last days, the digital program by runtastic between the 5th and 11th gave people the chance to support the movement. Ending today, runtastic tracked about 60.000 people who joined „Run for the Oceans“. According to Parley’s Facebook Page, by Friday night the logged miles up to this day could have circled the earth 9 times! In New York an additional 500 runners lit up the city in blue to symbolize the ocean on their 5 km track in the night of the 8th of June. However, the runners were adidas’ and Parley’s personal invites of ocean ambassadors, athletes, environmentalists, creatives and famous supporters of the ocean. This was taking part while the United Nations Ocean Conference was held in NYC, who was supporting their 14th development goal to protect life underwater.

Parley against plastic: Changing adidas’ production

„The Parley A.I.R. Strategy addresses the fast-growing and global threat of plastic pollution based on the belief that plastic is a design failure, one that can only be solved if we reinvent the material itself.“ -Parley
Parley features its own ocean plastic program - a strategy to reduce and reuse plastic worldwide. With different approaches they try to clean the world. One of them is the so called A.I.R. Implementation. In collaboration with global companies and the government they are setting a new industry standard.A.I.R. stands for

AVOID unrecycled plastics in their whole supply chain.

INTERCEPT and free the ocean from trash and help keeping it away from it.

REDESIGN the industry by implementing new materials and production techniques.

And that’s exactly what they did with the sports brand adidas when they paired about in 2015. By using recycled waste, adidas and Parley designed sportswear which is really making an impact. Not only does it raise awareness around the world, but it also helps reducing trash and new pollution. (And to be honest, the new Ultraboost Sneaker looks pretty stylish as well.) The sustainable solution sets innovative standards for the sports industry, creating a concept which will hopefully inspire more brands.

Get involved yourself: Keep the earth clean

A fantastic inspiration to make the world a better place by getting active. Nevertheless, running alone won’t do the trick to keep our environment clean. Having our Sportyjob headquarter close to the french atlantic coast, we are aware of our surrounding and the beauty of the ocean every day. By reducing paper, recycling, working more digitally, saving energy, driving less by car and going more by bike, it’s our little daily things that already help to make a difference.Furthermore, the oceans won’t only need active legs, but helping hands. If you live by the ocean or in your next holiday at the sea, join a local beach cleaning or pick up trash when you’re at the beach. If everyone only picks up three things per day, our oceans will be a much cleaner place.

Your entry in the sports industry: Free internships all around Europe

While studying there will be the moment when you want to show what you have learned. Theory is certainly something good, but especially in a sports related field the urge to try your skills is very high. An internship is your entry into the sports sector. Your ability to look at different companies and departments and find out what interests you and where your strengths lie. A sports management program opens the door for almost all jobs in sports, from marketing, event management, human recourses to product management and co. If you are one of thoses who already chose a focus in your studies, you can straight away put it into practice and gain needed experience.

An internship abroad

An internship abroadLarge sports companies act globally, so that foreign experience can be essential for your future job. Companies like adidas and Quiksilver are represented worldwide, an understanding of the mentality of an international company is therefore of great importance.Above all, an international internship is a great option if you want to expand your new experiences from the job to your life. It offers you an intercultural adventure! Of course, an internship is your entry into a career in the sporting sector, it also gives you professional orientation and professional knowledge. Furthermore, it is also the possibility to confront you with linguistic, communicative, cultural and psychological hurdles - to grow far beyond yourself. Finding the right internship is not easy. Through our work with international sports companies, however, there are always interesting internships from the fields of sports management and marketing across Europe. In our job search, you can explicitly filter internships and display all vacancies. To make it even easier, this blog features some of the great global positions available right now.  

International internships in the Sports Sector

Sport Marketing in Germany at Saucony

At Saucony, Running is the focus: The well-known brand has been creating products for demanding runners for 35 years now. For their headquarters in Munich, they are looking for an intern in marketing. Your insights include event marketing, retail marketing and online marketing - with varied and self-responsible tasks in the different areas.
  • Language: German
  • Requirement: Study of communications or Marketing
  • When: September 2017
All Infos can be found here: Sport Marketing Intern at Saucony

E-Commerce internship in Switzerland at Mammut

Mammut Sports AG is completely devoted to mountain sports - both in the manufacture of climbing and snow sports equipment, as well as passionate in leisure time. Headquartered in Seon, Switzerland, you will be able to climb and play in the mountains on weekends. In the job, they rely on team spirit and openness, which is a great basis for career advancement. Your tasks in e-commerce at Mammut include support for the construction and maintenance of a new platform as well as the online shops. In subprojects, you can show off your own ideas working independently on your own tasks.
  • Language: German and Englis
  • Requirement: Study of Econimics, Media or IT
  • When: As soon as possible
All Infos around the job offer: E-Commerce internship at Mammut

Sport Internship in France at Quiksilver - Concept Design / Modedesign

Working at the sea at one of the most famous action sports brands in the world? Here is your chance! If you want to get out, your french skills are presentable, you are a creative soul, know the Adobe Creative Suite by heart and have a passion for fashion, the internship at Quiksilver is exactly what you are looking for. As an intern at the Design department, you support the Concept Art Director in various projects around the process of developing and designing new fashion items.
  • Languages: English and French
  • Requirements: Design Studies
  • When: From June 2017
The complete job ad can be found here: Assistante Projet Concept Design

Intern in Sponsoring at smi in Germany

You may not have heard from SMI before, as they tend to pull the tracks behind the scenes of sportevents and well-known brands. The agency for sports and entertainment mainly deals with the sponsorship and marketing of brands at sporting events and competitions. They provide advertising areas for the Bundesliga, World Cup & European Championship, the Olympic Games, Boxing Fights, Alpine Skiing World Cup - and the list goes on. Your tasks as an intern include general agent work, as well as project assistence with sponsoring assignments.
  • Language: German and English
  • Requirements: Studies of Economy, Marketing, Event Management or similar
  • When: From August or September 2017
All Infos about the internship can be found here: An intern in sport sponsoring

An internship in the communication department in Paris

Explore the city of love! BernasCOM is a french marketing and PR agency, with a young and sporty Team. Your tasks surround e.g. communication with the press and journalists, writing press releases and helping with the organisation of events.
  • Languages: English and French
  • Requirements: Studies of communication or media
  • When: As soon as possible
All infos can be found here: Stage - Assistant/e de Communication RP Sport

Boost your knowledge with these 5 online platforms: Free courses to advance your career

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young." -Henry Ford

You know what makes successful people? To never stop learning. Always be curious about the world, new fields and ways to improve your skills. To get you even more motivated: Keeping your brain working will keep it healthy, preventing a bad memory or even Dementia.So, how can we gain new skills? For some of us, we are lucky enough to have an employer who is interested in developing talents. It’s companies who are willing to spend on further education of their employees, for them to make a better job and bring in new ideas. But the reality is, that most people need to care for their own education. Not all of us have the time to enroll into university for some extra lectures or pay for further education on our own. Luckily, the web 2.0, the interactive web, offers great chances for online courses and tutorials to learn new skills all by ourselves! Of course, it’s not only limited to hard skills, you could even learn about fields you were always interested in. Art, History, Biology, Psychology, there's no limit on knowledge.Here’s 5 platforms to get your brain working - completely for free:


Udacity’s platform is directly related to gaining skills for your dream job. With courses about programming, web design or data science, they offer nano degrees which are accepted as official references. 
Instead of lecturing they believe in practical learning. Together with companies like Google, Salesforce and Facebook, they develop interactive courses for beginners, advanced level and professionals.
 However, not all courses are for free, so you have to filter in advance.Some courses we really like:

MIT OpenCourseWare

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, short MIT, is known as one of the high class universities of the world. Mostly, it’s known for engineering and physical sciences, but their gradate programs offer a wide range of courses. In their OpenCourseWare, the MIT made their content from different courses available for everyone, sharing it online for free.In the course overview, you can filter by topics and departments, for example Business, Fine Arts, Engineering, etc., getting the possibility to access the course online or download the materials. Furthermore, most of them contain video and audio lectures as well as assignments. So you have to do your homework! To be honest, it’s hard to follow an online lecture without having the possibility to ask for more details, so we’d recommend it mostly for humanities, psychology and fine arts.Here’s 3 courses we love:(not all of them might be important for your work, but could interest you on personal level as well. Just learn, the benefits are yours!):  


Not only did the MIT provide their own content, they collaborated with Harvard to found edX in 2012. The portal offers courses from universities around the world, so you can enroll in courses from home and in your own time. Most of them are for free, and for a little charge, you can even get a certificate if you need it for your job or a future application. It’s open source and non-profit. The courses come together from all fields of study, like architecture, law, communication, business, etc. So feel free to feed all your interest!Our favorite courses are:

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." -Kofi Annan

The Digital Garage

A platform by Google about Online Marketing? That’s got to be a guarantee for digital skills! And it is. The digital garage’s online courses guide you through the function of search engines, social media, analytics and more. It’s a great way to spice up your CV and score a career entry in Online Marketing.We recommend taking all courses, one after another,  to get into the field of Online Marketing. 


Iversity is a special online platform which focuses on higher education for professional purposes. Their courses are provided by business experts who formed courses in their professionals fields for you to learn. As most platforms, it offers free courses as well as paid ones. For the free ones, filter for „MOOCs“ in the course catalogue.Three of our favorites are:

The most popular Employers 2017: LinkedIn’s Top Companies

Find out about the top companies to work at around the world
The 18th of May was the day for the Academy Award of the world of employment! Every year, LinkedIn announces the Top Companies where employees love to work. Through their possibility to gain information from billions of employees in their own network, LinkedIn is able to determine the most popular employers in the world.

What makes employees happy

The list contains mostly brands we all know, but this is not the main reason for their popularity as employers. LinkedIn’s study shows that jobseekers are focusing more and more on a balance of work life and free time. Companies like Adobe offer their employees sabbaticals and extra free time for special milestones. Fitbit, no 32., even combines leisure time with working time through „Workout Wednesdays“, a running club and more. Moreover, it’s the little things that make their employees happy. At Under Armour, no. 16, employees gain access to free tickets to sporting events

The Top Employers of the USA in 2017

To make long story short, here’s the 20 top companies of the USA. For other countries, please see the Top French Companies here and the Top German Companies here.
  1. Alphabet (Google)
  2. Amazon
  3. Facebook
  4. Salesforce
  5. Uber
  6. Tesla
  7. Apple
  8. Time Warner
  9. The Walt Disney Company
  10. Comcast NBCUniversal
  11. Airbnb
  12. Netflix
  13. McKinsey & Company
  14. Dell Technologies
  15. Workday
  16. Under Armour
  17. Twitter
  18. CBRE
  19. Visa
  20. JPMorgan Chase & Co.

So, how does LinkedIn get their data?

The study covers all companies with more than 500 employees. According to their Methology, LinkedIn then analyses their given data with respect to three main questions: The popularity of a job posting, the interest of jobseekers in a company profile and its career chances. Last but not least, with growing turnover rates, one of the main aspects is whether employees stay in the same company for over a year or even longer.To see a full list of the USA or other countries, please check the original blog post by LinkedIn here.

eSports on the rise: The recognition of gaming in the sports world

eSports is on the rise in 2017
The stadium is filled to its limits with thousands of people watching their favorite athletes. The audience jumps up, cheers or watches in still excitement. You’d expect them following their favorite football team, instead they watch people in front of screens battling each other in a video game.So called „Eletronic Sports“ are on the rise, having developed from a hobby to a profession. Players are competing for million high prices, for fame and recognition. 
There are official teams, for example from the german premier football club Schalke 04, officially playing Counter Strike or Fifa 2017. The most played game though is League of Legends with over 100 million players per month. Since 2011 the League of Legends World Championship is held, where champions from the game compete live in a stadium. Even in their first season they already reached out to 1.6 million spectators. Just to get a feeling for it: In 2016 more people watched the League of Legends Tournament than the NBA finals. 
E-Sports is getting more and more popular throughout the world and thus, creating a growing industry.

The future is now: eSports industry is growing

According to Business Insider, people spend more and more of their time watching eSports. In 2016, spectators watched professional competitions for a total of six billion hours.Who scores these times? The audience is about 300 million people worldwide, hopefully reaching more than 500 million spectators in the next 3 years. The viewing takes part mostly online, brought to audiences by broadcasts and especially reaching younger markets. The fame is offering the game industry a complete new way of growing by giving options for advertising and selling the viewing rights of their events. Last year, for example, Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends, scored a landmark 2-year exclusive broadcasting agreement with BAMTech valued at $300 million. 
This makes clear, that eSports is no longer an occasion only for special conventions, but a possibility for mainstream events all over the world.

Milestones for eSport: Official recognition as profession and sports

Merely a month ago, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced that e-sports will be an official part of the Asian Games (Asiad) in 2022. If you haven’t heard of them yet: The Asian Games is the second largest multi-sport event, after the Olympic Games, held in Asia. This way, eSports reaches out for not only fans of eSports, but for the first time for a massive global audience. 
The OCA said that their decision is based on the “the rapid development and popularity of this new form of sports participation among the youth.” It’s a huge step to be recognized as a real competitive sports instead of a digital hobby.They even make an impact on our system: A couple of das ago, France passed a decree protecting professional eSports Players, explaining what makes a professional sports athlete in France and defining exactly how a contract for players must look like. Furthermore, this is just the beginning: This very basic guide marks the first step for regulating the industry world wide, showing clearly their growing significance.
„To put in perspective how big eSports is becoming, a Google search for "lol" does not produce "laughing out loud" as the top result. Instead, it points to League of Legends, one of the most popular competitive games in existence.“ (Business Insider)