The Good Grad 2.0

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The art of war by Sun Tzu - Image supplied by Penguin Random House

The liberating effect of starting a business

Pumped up after completing a qualification, individuals excitedly run the gauntlet to find employment. The concept of working hard and getting paid to do a job that one enjoys is a utopian dream that the newly indoctrinated graduates strive for but only a fraction of achieving. Some work smart whilst others end up in the first of endless career changes. Often some have no choice but to bear the burden of paying off student loans or needed to support various financial responsibilities including family.

As careers shift as do life choices, many turn to the prospect of running their own businesses - seeking self-autonomy and control of one’s career and financial destiny. It is a large step into a risky environment but as the saying goes: the greater the risk the greater the reward!

The (tender) age of retirement for a sports professional Image source: Bigstockphoto Image Credit and Copyright: © R_Tavani

The (tender) age of retirement for a sports professional Image source: Bigstockphoto Image Credit and Copyright: © R_Tavani

Sport is evidently known to provide very fulfilled and lucrative careers and salaries however, after the show is over, what sort of life is set for an athlete who was once in it for 24/7 and 365 of a year of his sporting profession?

The common thread so far has been using proceeds to go into business or re-entering the sports arena as a coach, manager or a media pundit.

Heavyweight boxer George Foreman was a business exemplar who showcased his culinary interests with the George Foreman Grill, and then we have Stephen Curry, who is now setting up a post pro-ball career in the golfing sector. We also have some ex-professionals venturing into charities and conservation. But is the post career status of a pro athlete just destined for business and sport? Could there be more to venture into? After all a sports career is segmented to just a part of an individual’s life.

OriginalSteps.com spoke to Stellenbosch Rugby Academys' Alie Brand to find out more about the retirement options available to a sports professional.

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The 3-Dimensional sports coach - Image source: Shutterstock, Inc Image Credit: © Rawpixel.com

OriginalSteps.com goes one on one an industry guru about the challenger career as a sports coach.

Sport - an industry that can make or break or career if not properly managed. From playmakers to gusty one-off performers, some of the world's greatest legends have been made on the sports field. Some individuals unfortunately, have seen the best times turn to the worst times in the industry and as cliched as it may sound, the sports field can turn a hero to a villain at the drop of a catch, sound of a whistle or the flash of a red card. And that’s just the about the players...

So what happens to a coach - the individual that shoulders the responsibility of the individual and collective actions of a sports team? After all, it is a job title that in a professional environment can see someone get cut quickly from a scene faster than a cast member on a Game of Thrones script.

The Big Short by Michael Lewis - Image supplied by Penguin Random House

The Big Short by Michael Lewis - Image supplied by Penguin Random House

Starting your own business is never easy because if it were the case then everyone would be doing it. In real world, building an enterprise takes some serious hard work - the motions of going from being a start-up business to being a successful entity takes one on a challenging adventure.

When the going gets tough however, individuals tend to look for all sources of motivational inspiration. The film industry represents a popular culture resource of epic business portrayals. In this case the watching is the key...

Here are some hand-picked business inspiring films which could help kick-start or motivate your business venture!

The Good Grad 2.0

Artificial intelligence and Graduate Careers - The Good Grad 2.0 - Image source: Shutterstock, Inc Image Credit: © Josh McCann

Artificial intelligence and Graduate Careers - The Good Grad 2.0 - Image source: Shutterstock, Inc Image Credit: © Josh McCann

The effect of artificial intelligence on the careers market.

We are moving very quickly into an era of machine learning, AI and quantum computing.

Imagine the world where robots and computers which don’t get tired, bored or emotional disturbed, carry out hours of work – leaving us to concentrate on activities like spending time, traveling, socializing and being with our loved ones. Well, that world is not too far away.

Granted, the adoption of such 'smart-machines' will need to be implemented on a controllable scale as things such as addressing issues of disease and social equality remain high on the world agenda – or so we hope, the benefits of using artificial intelligence (AI) however is a no-brainer.