The expert advice on a career in the sports industry
Do you want to work in the sports industry? From choosing the right job, over tips for applying for a job and advice on your first days of work: The Sportyjob team has got your back! The blogs in this category completely turn around giving you advice, tips & tricks for you career entry in the sports business. We’ll show you how to write a succesful CV or which questions and answers in a job interview you have to know about.
Need insider tips from a recruiter? Keep an eye on the blogs from Andy Gugenheimer who has been working as a headhunter and consulter for sport brands for more than 10 years. He’s happy to share his experience on which criteria are relevant for your CV and what makes you stand out from other candidates in an interview.
If you have ever been working in a toxic environment, you know how it draws all energy from you. It’s stressful, tiring and often enough the reason for a lack of motivation in your job - even resulting in decreasing your well-being in your personal life. But what’s the reason for it and is there any chance to change it?
What’s creating a toxic workplace?
A recent survey from leadership development experts at Fierce Inc. asked around 1000 employees for reasons for a disturbed work environment. The majority agreed on the negative attitude of a team-member (or their boss) having the biggest impact on them. Whether the co-worker is just a lazy sloth, a “Naysayer” complaining the whole time or blaming others for own mistakes, it’s pulling down the rest of the team. Interesting enough though, about 75% believe that special skills could not compensate a person’s negativity.
So, what’s the consequences
You’d think that - since there is no way to make up for it - co-workers would love to get rid of the grouch. Suprisingly, only one quarter consider firing the colleague to be the best solution. However, confronting the grumbler is not an option either. 80% believe that a confrontation, either done by themselves or executives, is unlikely to change the situation. If you think about it, the result sounds pretty devastating. It translates as doing nothing and accepting a decreased morale and productivity in the team, maybe even quitting a normally satisfying job.
How to handle a toxic team member
If you ever sat in an office, where no one was speaking, smiling and you felt you could cut through the tense air around you, you know it’s something you wouldn’t want in your job. For us, this would not be an option either! Especially when you’re working in a small team, one negative team member would likely ruin the whole work atmosphere. Thus, we created some tips how to handle a negative co-worker.
Don’t let your emotions overwhelm you
You might feel the urge to stand up to try to make things better. Probably, this will worsen the situation though. Confronting a colleague could end up in a very unprofessional approach which becomes too emotional (and is very one-sided). This way, you might offend someone without improving the situation. Another option was if you feel like cheering up the colleague daily to help the atmosphere in your office. This is a big responsibility which will probably overwhelm you. That’s why, in consequence:
Talk to your boss or a mediator
Leaders normally have been trained to handle a team and their issues. In bigger and modern companies, there is alternatively a mediator / feel-good-manager for improving the atmosphere. Make an appointment and address the problem, without nagging. It’s important to professionally describe the discrepancy with your colleague and to be able to name it. Thus, the responsible executive can act accordingly to solve the situation, for example through a one-on-one dialogue and an open team meeting. If this doesn’t help, well, you could still bring cake to work. This way, at least you’ll have something delicious & sweet to calm your nerves and keep the spirit up - or have a chance to mute the Naysayer for at least a couple of minutes.
The way your morning takes course, makes an impact on your whole day. Just imagine getting up with the wrong foot, feeling tired all day, not getting your head focus on the important things - this will ruin your work day completely (a leisure day, too, of course). Your morning routine though offers you a great opportunity for a successful day - for more energy, creativity and a better handling of stress. No matter if you are an early bird getting up with the sunset or if you prefer sleeping a little longer: After you get up, set your mind right. These five things are a great way to shape your morning, and make you a more successful person in your job and your life. These points are shared in routines by a lot of successful people and things that I for myself found out to feel good for me.
Even if it's tempting to snooze away just 5 more minutes (and 5 minutes more, and another, and another..) try to avoid it. Not only won't you feel any more recovery as when you get up on the first ring, you will also kill your motivation for the day completely. Just to compare: Imagine having a goal or a plan and you decide to delay it over and over again. You are well aware that you probably will not achieve it, right? It's the same with snoozing. Deciding not to get up in the morning already disturbs your mindset for the day. If you can't even get up, how are you supposed to have the will to succeed your goals or tasks? Getting up with the first alarm or the moment the sun wakes you up (even better!), will put your mind on overcoming your weaker self.
Focus on yourself and personal goals
We tend to lose the focus on caring for ourselves and improving our lifes when working for others. We manage to get our tasks done and push our projects and might feel great about it, but our own life remains static. Never, ever forget to care about yourself. It might take some time to get used to it, but try to get up a little earlier than you usual do. Instead of waking up, getting ready and going to work, find some slot in your schedule to focus on yourself. It's a little time for youe mind before you focus on tasks at work. This means doing something for your soul and heart which will raise your self-consciousness, your own worth and - most important - your mood and motivation for the day. This can be a little walk, time outside, meditation - or taking time to listen to your inner self. You could be defining your own goals, finding something you really want to do in your free time after your job. It doesn't matter as long as it is something only for you, not for your job.
No need for a big workout. Not everyone is a morning sports person (I am not, that's for sure). It's not about pushing your physical limits in the morning. It only means "Get moving!". Seriously. Your body and brain are well connected and your mind will thank you A LOT. If you feel depressed, low on energy, can't focus - this is probably because of a lack of movement. Get your energy flowing by a little exercising - for example a morning yoga routine , walking ,jogging or a bike tour, longboarding, surfing - your personal fitness routine. Even a short training will earn you a better focus, more concentration and a higher spirit. Try it.
Take your time with loved ones
Do you have a family or special someone? Even if it's only 5 minutes, connect with your loved ones. Cuddle, with your kids or your special one, talk about your plans for the day, just do something personal - and appreciate the time you have together. Of course, this is beautiful for your personal relationships. Furthermore, this reduces your stress level enormously. Hard tasks during the day will be easier to handle.
Start the night before
Okay, this is actually a step before your morning routine. We all know how a bad night of sleep can destroy your morning. That's why it is important to prepare yourself for a good nights of sleep. Find out how many hours make you feel the best in the morning (in general, it's about 8 hours of sleep) and stick to bed times. Don't use your phone or computer before you go to bed. Make sure your room is well aired. Before sleep, define how you want you want to achieve tomorrow - what are you plans, what are things you can't delay any further, what would make you happy - and write them down. We tend to lose focus when the next day gets a little stressful or because we dreamed very actively. This way, you'll remember and be able to keep these things in mind.
Create your own routine
Routines are overcoming bad habits. They will help you perform better, focus on things that are important for yourself. Normally, it takes three weeks to get used to new routines - so figure out your own start in the day, write it down and practice it until it feels natural. Define for yourself which things done in the morning improve your working day and stick to them. It needs to be your own routine, because we tend to not stick to ones we don't implement ourselves. An example:
Getting up with the sunset and letting the natural light in
Have a glass of water
Do a 20 minute morning yoga session on the balcony
Take a shower
Have a healthy and nutrious breakfast together with your special someone
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.
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
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.
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
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 career level
the job position
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
"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:
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!):
Introduction to Photography:A course on practical instruction in black and white photography, digital and analogue, camera operation, etc. Also, it's a critical view on the effect of photos in our culture.
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:
Get Beyond Work-Life Balance: „Do you ever struggle to manage work and the rest of your life? You are not alone. Men and women all over the world are trying to figure out the impossible work-life “balance” and instead achieve success in all parts of their lives“
"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:
Social Innovation: „Social Innovations change the rules by which people live together. Learn what social innovations are and how they can be developed. Because the way we live, work and do business could actually be quite different!“
Do you get paid enough? This is probably a question most of us can’t really answer. We have insecurities about our job: Do we work hard enough and at the same time are our efforts really seen? Fact is, that a lot of people don’t earn what they really deserve - not only because companies try to save money. But also because we don’t know how to communicate it. Even if we feel like we should get a promotion, it’s hard to argue for it and to know which amount was adequate. So, how does it work? Here’s three steps how to communicate your worth:
Figure out your own value
To tell someone what you feel like a fair salary, you actually have to know your own worth first. It’s not easy to define it as the regular human being tends to underestimate himself. This means that you have to learn to evaluate yourself in a correct way, and even to convince yourself that you’re worth it. Oh boy, doesn’t sound easy, does it? Well,that’s the moment when there should be all eyes on Casey Brown and her Ted Talk „Know your worth, and then ask for it.“ Casey names several key questions that a freelancer or an entrepreneur needs to ask to evaluate their appropriate fee. However, most of them do work for employees just perfectly or just need a little change to fit:
What are my job’s needs and how to I meet them?
What are my (unique) skills that make me better qualified to fulfill my tasks?
What do I do in my job that no one (in the department or even company) does?
What am I an expert on?
What problems do I solve for my company?
Even: Which problems did I solve for my company in the past?
After answering these, you’ll probably see which part you play in your company. There’s no need to feel small. If you do your job well, be confident! Learn about your value and convince your boss about it.
Know about salaries: Of your profession and your colleagues
In our society this is actually still a taboo. You’d probably never ask your coworkers about their salary, neither your neighbors - you might actually not even know what your significant other earns. But why? We keep it a secret, so the system won’t crash. When we talk open about it - there might be arguments, greed and envy. Maybe you earn more than your best friend - or even worse, he earns more than you. The truth looks different though. Not knowing what the others earn, often leads to a feeling of being treated unfair. Because - talking about underestimation again - most people suppose they earn less than their colleagues. That’s why young start-ups tend to work with a salary transparency so employees know exactly what their colleagues earn. The result is that people feel treated in a more equal way, there’s even less people quitting. So, knowing the payment of others, helps the atmosphere in a company. Moreover, and that’s more important for us right now, it will help you set your own value. Knowing the wage average of your profession in your region or in companies from the same size & same industry is a good way to evaluate whether your salary expectations fit or not. Just google it. Portals like Payscale deliver the needed information.
Speak up for yourself - communicate your worth
So, finally we figured out what you’re worth. Step one is accomplished, that’s great! Step two is not easier in any bit. Even when you know your worth, you might still feel afraid to ask for it. But letting your work speak for yourself rarely does the trick. Don’t worry though, you don’t need to praise yourself. What is important is to speak up for yourself, with self-confidence. You know your value and thanks to the key questions and data about wave average, you even have great arguments up your sleeve. This is how you can influence the thinking of your boss - not telephatically. So, find your own voice and negotiate. Feel confident, not fearful. Display expertise. If you don’t overdo it, you got a great chance to earn the promotion.
What is it like to start an internship in the sports industry? Will I fit in, will I meet my boss’ and colleagues’ expectations and do I have even what it takes in order to be successful at Sportyjob? My thoughts were filled with many more than those three tricky questions as I arrived at the office in Biarritz not too long ago. I was – and still am - very enthusiastic about becoming part of the Sportyjob team and its continuous growth. The day I received the good news that Lennart and Andy wanted me to become part of their team, I felt very happy and confident on the one hand but at the same time, a feeling of uncertainty and curiosity pervaded me rapidly. I would like to get you involved in how it all started, what I did before in terms of education and why I chose to apply for an internship in the sport department. Here it goes! The relevant thread of my educational career probably started when I left my hometown in Germany to spend one year abroad in the United States in 2010. I decided to apply for an exchange student program when I was 15 years old and luckily, I got placed in Petal, Mississippi, where many influences started to shape my personality. Back then, I was already looking for athletic challenges and I loved to practice sports in my free time. I never imagined it could be part of my professional career one day though. The next step that affected my decision regarding study programs and hence, my professional development, was the gap year after I graduated in Germany in 2013. I spent six months in Australia trying to find out what continuative path to choose – but I got stuck, it appeared to be a dead end! Eventually, right after I had settled back in at home, I decided to enroll myself for a study program named Languages and Business Administration at the Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau (University of Applied Sciences of Zwickau), focusing on the French language. And still, I was practicing sports and trying to compensate daily issues with physical activity, therefore I never lost interest in working in the sports industry later on. I started to ponder what job could practically combine my passion for sport and the interest in a professional occupation that pays the bills as well. Due to the fact that the third year of my Bachelor program is obligatory to be spent abroad (in my case it had to be a French partner university), I moved to the south of France in August 2016 and continued my studies in Perpignan. The time flew by and I started looking for attractive internship opportunities to fulfill the mission determined by the Licence Professionnelle en GPOD, that I had started at the UPVD ( Université de Perpignan Via Domitia). As mentioned earlier, Sportyjob welcomed me on behalf of their team and I soon got excited about discovering the region of Biarritz online before I actually moved to Aquitaine. Even though I just recently started my internship, I already notice how fast the gain in experience takes place and that I do not only benefit from the input given by my boss but also of qualitative hints and remarks given by my colleagues. I am looking forward to develop personal and linguistic skills as I work at Sportyjob, precisely because I know that the knowledge transfer is based on valuable experience and personally developed know-how that I cannot wait to seek. Don’t wait too long to send in your application, do it now! Sport jobs and especially internships are being filled within a blink of an eye – I know that now!
Isn’t it awesome when a hobby is not only making you happy, but will also increase your success at work? We all know that doing sports is benefitting your health and appearance, but there’s a little more to it. If you work out on a regular base, you’ll automatically gain new soft skills and important strengths - which is like a level-up for your job! Sounds great, doesn't it? But how exactly does your work benefit from you doing sports? Here’s 5 ways how working out regularly will influence your career:
It will lower your stress level - enormously!
We all know the feeling of work building up pressure, messing with our heads by rising our stress level. A bit of it can be very motivating, kicking you to get stuff done or to help you focus on a task. However, often enough our stress level rises too high, especially when there’s a big project in the launch and there’s just way too much work. Even though it will probably lower eventually, sports can help you speeding up the process. It doesn’t matter if you go for a run, swimming, to the gym or play basketball on the field with some friends: Just get your body working.
What happens in your body when you stress out
Here’s why: Stress emerges in the so-called prefrontal cortex. This part of your brain is processing all the information you receive during the day, reducing it to the relevant data. Moreover, this data influences how you (re-)act on daily tasks. So what happens when there’s too much data to process? If you spread yourself too thin, your brain will be overexerted with the amount of information. Hence, processing it in a slower way or not at all - it will freeze like your phone when you open too many apps. The result will be anxiety and stress.
Sports will help you reduce your stress level
Normally, if you found yourself in a situation scaring you, you’d run. Just imagine being on a climb when a storm comes up. You’d want to get down to the ground as fast as you can, you’d run away. It’s a routine anchored in our DNA, so your body affects on it by preparing for movement. When you find yourself in a situation of stress at work though, you’ll try it to sit it out - which is not helping at all. Listen to your body and actually run. It will relief the anxiety and re-activate your brain. So, doing sports to help reducing your stress level, is actually the natural way of doing so. You’ll feel better fast and will manage to climb that mountain up to the top!
You’ll end up having more power than before!
Working all day will leave you tired in the evening, increasing the urge to sit on the couch with a movie and a quick dinner before going to bed. A repetitive scheme. To be honest: This will probably leave you even more tired than before. Sitting a lot, dealing with boring or demanding tasks throughout your job costs a lot of energy. Sports on the other hand will actually bring you energy! Working out can re-energize you, building your endurance and this way, providing you with more power for your daily life. Also, doing sports most of the times also comes with a healthy nutrition - the best way to fill your bar.
Competition: Learning how to win and to lose
Competition: It can be you pushing yourself to a new record in running. Or on the other hand a match against your opponent when you develop the strong desire to win (and kick his ass). However, both is about training and pushing your limits to improve - become a better version of your old self. The results of winning speak for themselves: You’ll be proud of yourself, raising your self-esteem and end up being more content. A great feeling, isn’t it? Not only for your personal life! Happiness and confidence are important factors for your job. No matter if you manage a team that you’ll have to guide and inspire or if you work on your own: You need confidence to achieve a goal. It will help you be more assure of yourself, dare you to bring in your own ideas in the next team meeting or try a different way to solve a task than you did before. Winning helps you develop braveness. Something that for a lot of us just doesn’t come at ease. The other side of the medal, of course, is losing. You’ll have a day, even after a winning streak, when someone’s just better than you. In sports, but also at work. Sports will teach you how to deal with it. Instead of being sore, you’ll learn to get up again, trying harder next time. On the day that you suffer a setback at work, it will be a lot easier to not let it bring you down. Instead it will motivate you to get back up and try harder!
It will teach you a lot about strength of the mind
In addition to rise your confidence, sports on a regular base will also train your mind. If you can bring up the endurance to train several times a week, you’ll also be able to develop consistency for your next project at work. The focus to concentrate on your career, even if there might be days when it feels like time stood still. Success doesn’t just fall into your lap, it’ the result of endurance and discipline. Take surfing for example: On the first day, you’ll hardly stand up on the board. But if you try over and over again, even after you wipe-out, you’ll eventually master riding waves. Your mindset is the most important part about it: Not giving up when luck doesn’t cross your way. A short Video about how sports benefits our body and mind
It can be a great way to meet new people to get you inspired
Last but not least, networking. Sports is a great way of meeting new people! It can be your team members from soccer who have experience in a similar job, sharing with you some insights. In the blog „How to find a job that you love“ we already wrote about how the people surrounding you can inspire you. They’ll help you push your boundaries or create new ideas. So, meeting people in sports will confront you with people who are also confident and consistent - a great combination for strong minds! Who knows, you could even end up with a new career path. There’s always opportunity of meeting an influent person offering you a new job. One thing is for sure: You already have something in common.