Upon graduating from college with a respectable GPA – one I managed to uphold while juggling the responsibilities of a college athlete - I thought I was ready to conquer the “real world." I thought I had it all figured out. Throughout the twenty or so years of my life prior to graduation, I managed to excel in school as well as on the soccer field and in the hockey rink. So, I assumed that based on my hard work (and yes, maybe even some good luck and genes), I should know everything there is to know about success in the real world, right? Wrong. It wasn’t until I entered this exciting (and sometimes intense) world of working professionals and huge corporations that I realized hard work alone is not always enough, and that I quickly needed to learn some important industry lessons that have EVERYTHING to do with the success of an individual corporation. And, to be honest, most of the information I absorbed and the practices I witnessed on a daily basis had never once been addressed or discussed in any of my college classrooms. So, how are today’s young professionals supposed to enter a world they know nothing about and expect to succeed? Simple. Everyone should have a year at ESPN. It was here I learned invaluable lessons and skill sets that have shaped and will continue to shape my career going forward. It was at ESPN where I was, for the first time, able to identify my own three major belief statements have helped me market myself as a young professional.
September 07, 2012