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 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.
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)
Crowdfunding is one of the fantastic inventions of our generation. Instead of limiting products and business start ups to people who can afford it, it offers a new possibility. It gives people a chance to create and dream - and infect other people with their ideas. If they manage to do so, the community helps them to realize their creations by funding money. Communities like indiegogo are portals where bright heads can present their projects and raise money to make them come true. With the designs in the „health and fitness“ category of indiegogo, 4 great entrepreneurs might revolutionize the sports sector. In 2017, the following ideas either just got financed or are right now in the process of collecting money. Anyway, all 4 of them could change the future of sports. For us, all of them are worth being supported. So take your time and learn about the upcoming sport products in 2017 that could thrill you as well.
Calm. Wearable ECG for sports and sleep analyses
The idea behind the wearable ECG from Yoshiko Date / Arrow Electronics is to help athletes (hobby or professional) to train in a safer way. An ECG monitors your heart frequency, detecting the physical loading of the heart or any irregular heart rhythms. Normally, it is used at a health check-up by your doctor. The CALM is the portable version which is supposed to be affordable for everyone, giving athletes the option to measure their own heart frequency when working out. It helps making your training more effective and will prevent any injuries. Moreover, it will be able to analyze your sleep efficiency and your „CALMness“. The factor is based on data of your stress and relaxation level. All in all, the goal is to optimize your training and thus your physical and mental performance. The launch of the calm project at indiegogo was on the 12th of April - with the help of crowdfunding they hope to be able to begin the production in May. Find out more about it here: Project "Calm" on indiegogo
MOAR. Fat Tire, Folding Frame, Electric Bicycle
There it goes again - the next 4-letter project. The E-Bike MOAR. It’s a fat tire bike with a 85 mile range through a 1000w motor and 48v battery with full suspension and a great design. The smart heads behind are the developer Moar Bikes and -again - Arrow Electronics. When I think of an E-Bike, I see a city bike for people who want to get through the city a little quicker. Given the Moar, that’s a completely different story. Not only does the design remind of an extreme mountain bike, it also has great features. It brings a lot of fun for the outdoor loving person as the bike can handle almost any terrain thanks to its 4 inch tires and high power. Just imagine going offroad through mud and mountains with it. Adventure time! The launch at indiegogo was already in february 2017 and brought up enough money so that the e-bike could already be produced - still, if you want to know more and support the next idea, the MOAR still runs for about one more week: Project "Moar" on indiegogo
Delphin: Run and swim with apps WITHOUT your phone
The Delphin is for all athletes who love to get their workout spiced up by a great soundtrack. The small device offers the possibility to use your favorite apps like spotify or soundcloud without taking your phone. Not only is it a lot lighter, the whole design and functionality is made for sports. Especially swimmers often have to take the risk of damaging their phone by bringing it into the water - a case is rarely 100% waterproof. The delphin though is and operates even under water, just with a touchscreen. Moreover, it will be delivered with either regular waterproof headphones or the first waterproof bluetooth headphones, so no need for distraction through cable salad. The idea was developed by Scott Walker, USA, who is himself a sport enthusiast. Think of it as a waterproof smart watch. Scott already got the amount to mass produce the delphin, but still works on improving it and adding it more features. Stay up to date here: Project "Delphin" on indiegogo
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!