A career in sales is just honing on what you already know! Image source: Bigstockphoto Image Credit and Copyright: © Rawpixel.com

A career in sales is just honing on what you already know! Image source: Bigstockphoto Image Credit and Copyright: © Rawpixel.com

There is no real art to selling - we all do it all the time without realizing it. From the time we apply to a kindergarten or high school, to university and finally for all the jobs in our career. We must present ourselves (our unique skills and character) and persuade a ‘buyer’ to take us on. And just like a brand, everything we do is intended to enhance our value. The more we beef up our brand (with educational and technical qualifications) the better our brand and greater the demand for our ‘product’.

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.

It’s not just about the field of play...

The global mobility effect of rugby - image source: Shutterstock, Inc. Credit/copyright: wavebreakmedia

The global mobility effect of rugby - image source: Shutterstock, Inc. Credit/copyright: wavebreakmedia

Mobility is a word that can be applied to the areas of business, careers, education, travel, finance, social development and global markets. Rugby on the other hand, is a singular entity relating to a game of speed, athleticism, power and agility which is built on an international platform - thus proving itself to being the quintessential sporting example of global mobility in action.

OriginalSteps.com spoke with two leading drivers of the sport: DHL and the Stellenbosch Rugby Academy,  about how the concept of mobility is shaping this global game.

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

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 adventure seeker - becoming a snowboard, ski and surfing instructor - image courtesy of the Ticket to Ride GroupThe adventure seeker - becoming a snowboard, ski and surfing instructor - image courtesy of the Ticket to Ride Group

Surfing, snowboarding and skiing are very popular pastimes and their pull towards mainstream careers is a natural one. OriginalSteps.com spoke with the Ticket to Ride Group about the hard work and dedication needed to become an instructor in these fields.

What are the characteristics needed to become an instructor in either field?

Our top three characteristics are:

1. Passion for the sport.
2. A driven and determined attitude - to not only put in the training hours, but to pass the exams and make it in the industry.
3. The ability to communicate with different types of people on a daily basis and gauge the best way to teach them.