Reasons Professionals Are Thankful to Be Working in Sports Industry

Careers in Sports Provide Many Opportunities

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Thanksgiving is a time – quite literally – for giving thanks.

In that spirit, this list of the advantages and joys of working in the sports industry is presented.  It is not intended to be exhaustive, rather just the tip of the iceberg.  If you have additional reasons to be thankful for working in the sports industry, be sure to share them on Twitter using the hashtag #SBThankful.

Without further introduction, here are some reasons to be thankful about working in the sports industry:

Working in an Industry That You Are Passionate About Is Fun

This certainly does not mean it does not work, but the desire to learn and excel comes much more readily when you love the field you work in.

The Sports Industry Attracts Great Talent

Another key to a long and successful career is working with great people.  The sports industry attracts tremendous people who have a shared passion – and that’s not always true in other industries.

Sports Is a Societal Connecting Point

Working in a field that other people are interested in has distinct benefits.  One of those benefits is that sports connect people of all races, income levels, educational backgrounds, religions and national origins.  And that reality can lead to a more fulfilling career.

Your Friends Will Be Jealous

That certainly is not a good reason to choose a career or industry, but the fact that others will think your job is “cool” lends a certain cache to your chosen field.

The Sports Industry Keeps Growing – Providing New Career Opportunities

Think for a moment about how the business of sports has changed in the last 30 years.  What do you think it will look like in another 30 years?  This evolutions in media, venues and fan expectations provide ample opportunity to grow your career as the industry evolves.

Technology Integration Is Connecting Fans in New and Exciting Ways

Other industries are taking advantage of technology and social media, too.  But the passionate sports fans' thirst for ongoing interaction with their favorite teams, players, leagues and sports is not only increasing job opportunities at these entities; but further, deepens the cultural (and real-time) connection for those working in all aspects of sports.

Firms in Other Industries Want to Hire You

Over the years, many of the people that I have known that work in sports have moved on to other industries in pursuit of new experiences, to work different hours, to gain new skills and for many other reasons.  And from what I've seen (and heard), leaders in other industries are thrilled to hire former sports industry professionals, as they are smart, hard working, thrive in high-pressure situations, are self-starters, work well with others and have a myriad of other characteristics that make them in demand.  So be thankful for the work you do and the opportunities it will open in the industry and beyond.

The Long Hours (Yes, Really)

While a chief pain point for many working in the sports industry is the long hours, nights and weekends that are required.

This is also a positive, as it is an issue that unifies all who have managed their personal lives to have "the show go on."  It requires a sacrifice from many over the years and alters lifestyles and family arrangements.  And as America gathers around the television on Thanksgiving, remember that sports is not the only industry with unusual hours.  Ask anyone in retail, healthcare, hospitality or many other industries. 

So be thankful that there is demand for your services and a world hungry for sports products and programming.  And the long hours are something to be thankful for, too.

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