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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

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

being a division i student athlete
Being a Division I Student-Athlete
  • 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”
exploring transition
Exploring “TRANSITION”
  • 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
transition a self directed path small group discussion
Transition: A Self-Directed Path(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?
self assessment
Self-Assessment
  • 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?
taking the next step
Taking the “Next Step”
  • 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?
goal setting a transitional tool
Goal Setting: A Transitional Tool
  • 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…
creating a transitional plan
Creating a Transitional “Plan”
  • 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
transitional resources
Transitional Resources
  • PU Academic Counselors
  • Departmental academic advisors
  • University Career Services Office
  • John Purdue Club/Alumni
  • Former teammates
  • Family/Friends/Parents of friends
  • Greatest resource: YOU
transition into careers
Transition into Careers
  • 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”
questions and discussion
Questions and Discussion
  • 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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