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Taking the Next Step: A Healthy Transition from Student-Athlete to Employee. Chris Carr, Ph.D., HSPP Methodist Sports Medicine Center Consulting Sport Psychologist – Purdue Athletics [email protected] Student-Athlete Seminar– Purdue University March 22, 2004.

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Taking the Next Step: A Healthy Transition from Student-Athlete to Employee

Chris Carr, Ph.D., HSPP

Methodist Sports Medicine Center

Consulting Sport Psychologist – Purdue Athletics

[email protected]

Student-Athlete Seminar– Purdue University

March 22, 2004


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Being a Division I Student-Athlete Student-Athlete to Employee

  • Successful high school career

  • Often heavily recruited (“courted”)

  • Scholarship for Athletic Performance

  • Highly structured schedule (by others)

  • Student-athlete “identity” reinforced by others, including fans, athletic staff, peers, family, and university community

  • Role of academics often “self-directed”


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But all of this is about to end…. Student-Athlete to EmployeeSo, now what?


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Exploring “TRANSITION” Student-Athlete to Employee

  • A common and necessary “life” phase

  • Athletic “retirement” a transitional phase of life

  • Transition can evoke a variety of emotional and mental responses (normal)

  • Successful transition involves personal assessment (skills/values), goal setting, creating a plan, and utilizing resources


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Transition: A Self-Directed Path Student-Athlete to Employee(Small Group Discussion)

  • Think of 3-5 “challenges” that you are facing at this stage of your transition as a Purdue student-athlete

  • How would you “identify” yourself?

  • What are your “skills” and “assets” that may be able to transfer into a career?

  • In 5 years….what do you want to be doing?


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Self-Assessment Student-Athlete to Employee

  • What personality “traits” enabled you to be a successful Division I student-athlete?

  • What challenges did you overcome (as a student-athlete) while at Purdue? How did you overcome those challenges?

  • What are your “life” values?

  • What will be your “work” values?


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Taking the “Next Step” Student-Athlete to Employee

  • Right now, as you sit here in this room, what are the most predominant “questions” you have about the next 1-2 years of your life?

  • Anticipations?

  • Fears?

  • Dreams?

  • Goals?


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Goal Setting: A Transitional Tool Student-Athlete to Employee

  • Goals can be defined in the following areas: Career; Environment; Relationships; Personal Growth; Financial; and, Hobbies

  • Just as in your athletics…focus on CONTROLLABLES in goal setting

  • Goals should follow the SCRAM basics (Specific, Challenging, Realistic, Adjustable, Measureable)

  • Write down your goals…


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Creating a Transitional “Plan” Student-Athlete to Employee

  • Knowledge of “skills” needed in the transitional process (including resources)

  • Making a commitment to the plan (understanding the journey…and destination)

  • Set goals (process and outcome)

  • Monitor the plan (e.g. training plans)

  • Evaluate and Revise as necessary


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Transitional Resources Student-Athlete to Employee

  • PU Academic Counselors

  • Departmental academic advisors

  • University Career Services Office

  • John Purdue Club/Alumni

  • Former teammates

  • Family/Friends/Parents of friends

  • Greatest resource: YOU


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Transition into Careers Student-Athlete to Employee

  • Knowledge of careers (“you mean that’s a real job?”)

  • Networking and Informal contacts

  • Resumes and Cover letters

  • Graduate school exploration

  • Interviewing skills

  • Starting your first “real job”


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Questions and Discussion Student-Athlete to Employee

  • A healthy transition requires a process and a plan….with a desired outcome

  • Doing nothing…will gain nothing

  • “Using” your resources means initiating contact, following-up with suggestions, and committing to action

  • From here…it’s in your hands!

  • Good luck in your journey!!


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