Everything you need to know about a career in Sports Management

A career in sport is no longer limited to playing; the industry is interdisciplinary and has segments like sport media, team administration, sports medicine, and sports management—perfect for those who have an administrative bent of mind and good managerial skills.

This is the business and applications side, or the driving force, of the sports industry. Sports managers call the shots and work tirelessly with colleges, universities, clubs, recreational departments and sports marketing firms, behind-the-scenes, to handle retailing, branding, merchandising, financing and marketing. They can be sports administrators, event managers, facility managers, sports economists or information experts.

 

Starting out

It’s not necessary to be an athlete or sportsperson to build a successful career in sports management. If you are passionate about sports and have a large knowledge base, that’s a good starting point.

This role requires a combination of multiple skills like planning, directing, controlling, organizing, budgeting, leading and evaluating a sports event.

If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in this field, opting for commerce stream in high school is advised; subjects like Business Studies, Economics and Accounts help build a strong foundation for further study.

Speaking of which, here are the colleges in India that offer courses in Sports Management:

  • National Academy of Sports Management, Mumbai – BBA in Sports Management
  • George College, Kolkata, West Bengal – BA in Sports Management
  • Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West Bengal – BA in Sports Management
  • International Institute of Sports Management (IISM), Mumbai – BA in Sports Management

 

These courses cover subjects like sports management theory, sports marketing, fundraising, promotions, public relations, ethics in sports management, legal aspects of the sport, facility planning and management and risk management.

The Scope of Sports Management

It’s a good time to be thinking about a career in this field; globally, the sports sector is estimated to be worth $460-620 billion.With the advent of sports leagues, like the Indian Premier League, Hockey Premier League, Pro Kabaddi, Indian Super League, the sports industry in India is flourishing. And the market is only set to grow from here on—courtesy a growing economy and a huge passion for sport.Consequently, the need for trained, skilled and passionate sports managers is also only going to increase.

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Valuable lessons India can learn from Finland’s education system

In a bid to make school syllabus more relevant for younger generations, the Department of Education has rejigged India’s education system by revising many key policies over the last decade. For instance, in 2016, the Ministry of Human Resource Development rectified a mandatory provision of the Right to Education Act from automatic promotion of all students till grade 8, to performance-based promotion. This means that it is mandatory for all students between class 5 and 8 to pass their exams in order to be promoted to the next grade.

In addition, the Delhi government introduced a new‘happiness curriculum’in almost 1,000 state-run schools. Introduced in 2018, this curriculum which includes meditation, value education and mental exercise is to be taught to all children between nursery and class 8. In the same year, it also allocated 26% of its annual budget to education—much higher than cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.

While these changes are significant, there’s still a long way to go before we can boast of a truly holistic and experience-first education system. Not unlike Finland’s.

What makes Finland so special?

The country’s progressive education system first made waves in 2001, when Finnish students ranked amongst the top five spots in the Program for International Student Assessment—a very prestigious international assessment of students. In this assessment, it was found that Finnish students had vastly superior reading, math and science literacy. As Finnish students started scoring better and better every year, educators, leaders and policy-makers began to study the country and its remarkably effective education system.

It was found that the transformation of the Finns’ education system began around 40 years ago as the key propellant of the country’s economic recovery plan. By the end of the ’60s, a new legislation and curriculum were created by merging academic grammar schools and work-oriented civic schools into a 9-year comprehensive school. These 9 years include 6 years of basic education and 3 years of lower secondary education. Other significant tenets of their system include:

  • Formal education begins at the age of 7; before that, children are encouraged to learn through play and movement.
  • The curriculum includes unusual subjects like ‘joy’ and ‘play’. Every Finnish school has a specially appointed welfare team to ensure every child’s happiness.
  • Education in Finland is considered a fundamental right; to ensure equal opportunities for all, no tuition fees are charged in Finnish schools. There are only a handful of private schools but even they are financed publicly, and cannot charge a tuition fee.
  • Fifteen minutes’ break time is scheduled into every class; students spend this break playing, while teachers can take a quick breather, or address specific concerns or special projects.
  • Finland doesn’t have a standardized assessment system, which allows teachers the freedom to structure their lessons their way, and evaluate the progress of their students using individual metrics.

 

As the famous saying goes, change is the only constant and it’s high time that we make an alteration in our education system to benefit coming generations for a more efficient and aware career path. Want to change your learning habits? Visit www.projectmynt.com today!

 

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Six things every teenager can do to build a successful career

The earlier you start, the better

School’s out and everyone’s asking you what’s next, but it’s completely okay to not know just yet. Allow yourself the opportunity to find what you truly love—the journey is half the fun! In the age of social media and the Internet, you can deep dive into all the available information to see what works for you. From knowledge of up-and-coming careers to success stories that inspire, it’s all just a click away. However, it’s important to ensure this access doesn’t breed insecurities about your own future. Instead, sift through all the material in an organised manner, and start planning your journey methodically.

Here are six things to remember that will help you along the path to a successful and fulfilling career:

  1. Use time to your advantage: Don’t let a ticking clock stress you out. If you’re thinking about your career and are evaluating different avenues, you already have a head start. Instead, capitalize on this advantage by focusing your energies on growing your mind.
  2. Make the most of what you have: Use the tools at your disposal, like books, videos or podcasts, to expand your knowledge base. Rather than worrying about what you don’t have, turn your attention to what you do.
  3. Prioritize: The goal, as tempting as it may be, should not be to make money or become famous. Those are by-products of being good at something, and working hard at it—day in and day out. Find what you love, follow your passion, and strive for excellency; the rest will follow.
  4. Don’t stop exploring: The more you learn, the more you’re going to understand yourself as an individual, and the easier it will be to zero in on your calling.
  5. If you know, you know: Once you have a sense of where your interest lies, get moving! Identify the resources that you can tap into to start specializing. Remember, being 60% certain is good enough; there’s nothing like 100% clarity and trying to achieve that is a waste of time.
  6. Hands-on experience is invaluable: By taking up internships and trainee assignments, you will get a clearer sense of what a career in your field looks like. Instead of procrastinating and getting caught up in the theory of things, jump in the deep end and start working. You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn, just by showing up to work.

 

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These entrepreneurs did a little extra in their lives. Time to take some lessons!

Understanding the problem in your mind, turning it into a solution that solves a real-world problem, and helping millions around the world. Is that your dream? Welcome to the journey of an entrepreneur!

But, what is entrepreneurship? We personally feel that it’s all about learning the same things as everyone else but coming up with solutions that no one else can think of.

The possibilities for creating solutions and delivering services to people are endless. All you need to to do is identify problems that the common man faces, just like these people did:

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1. Richa Kar : Co-founder of Zivame

The idea of Zivame came out when Richa was conducting a research on the lingerie market in India. It was then when she realized that lingerie shopping in stores was a hassle for the women in the country. She thought about the concept of online lingerie retailing after she met with a friend Kapil, the co-founder of Zivame. Richa kick-started her professional career by working in the IT sector followed by Spencers and SAP retail consulting. The experience that she gained over the years was carried to the world of startups!

2. Ritesh Agarwal : Founder of OYO Rooms

Ritesh Agarwal is a man who backs his decision. He is the true motivation for young entrepreneurs who are dreaming to invent the next big thing! A college dropout who once wanted to sit for an engineering exam, Ritesh today heads one of the most valuable startups in the country. He launched 
OYO Rooms with the key proposition of offering affordable and standardized accommodation in 2013 and has since grown to over 8,500 hotels in 230 cities in India, Malaysia, UAE, Nepal, China, and Indonesia. Afraid that his family would end his entrepreneurial dreams, Ritesh initially started off by selling sim cards to survive! This 19-year old spent his time staying at budget hotels, attended customer calls every day and engaged himself learning about budget hotel customers and their expectations.

3. Bhavish Aggarwal : Co-Founder of Ola Cabs

Bhavish completed his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at IIT, Bombay. He started his career by working in Microsoft for two years and later started an online company which dealt with the selling of short duration tours and holidays online. While he was at it, he happened to rent a car from Bangalore to Bandipur and had an enduring bad experience. After a lot of research, he realized that it was not only him but a lot of customers who were victims to such situations and were in great need of quality cab service. And therefore, in January 2011 Bhavish founded OLA Cabs – an online transportation network company, with Ankit Bhati. Ola was valued at $3 billion as of April 2017! Fascinating much?

4. Brian Chesky & Joe Gebbia : Founders of Airbnb

The Airbnb founders’ story depicts one of the most inspiring entrepreneurial journeys. Against all the odds and to keep the company buoyed up, the founders had to resort to the selling of cereals. The Airbnb founders who had just shifted to New York were having a tough time paying their rent and were looking for a means to earn some extra money. They observed that all the hotels in the city were booked, as the local Design Conference invited a lot of customers. The young lads saw this as an opportunity, bought a few airbeds and quickly put up a site called “Air Bed and Breakfast”. The Airbnb founders have accomplished their dreams and have managed to set up a $25B company, with no investors and thousands of dollars of credit card debt.

5. Malini Agarwal : Owner of missmalini.com

“Close your eyes and think of the one thing you would do for the rest of your life if nobody paid you to do it. Now that’s what you should be doing for a living. Once you find your voice and a unique gap in the market, you are likely to be successful at it.”

Malini is an entrepreneur, digital influencer, and bestselling author. She moved to Bombay with ₹40,000 and a dream. She started her career as a freelance emcee, copywriter, radio DJ at 92.5 FM Radio One and as a gossip columnist for Mid-Day before moving on to Head of Digital Content for Channel V. On a friend’s advice, Malini started blogging as a hobby in 2008 and today, she’s India’s first and the most well-known celebrity blogger who owns a media house. Her blog covers gossip and current events in Bollywood, Indian television, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. Malini is the author of the book To The Moon: How I Blogged My Way To Bollywood. This woman entrepreneur strongly believes that diligence and ambition lead to success.

Entrepreneurship opportunities are present everywhere but establishing a successful business is not just converting an idea into a product, but more!

Think you got something unique to top this list? Want to run a business of your own? If yes, then now is the time to begin your entrepreneurial journey! Connect with us to learn everything about entrepreneurship – from basics to brilliance. 15 or 50, our course is for any visionary who believes that their idea could be the ‘Next Big Thing’.

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Confused about your career? 5 steps to help you make the right choice!

It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.
– Carlton Fisk

We all go through this phase in our lives when we question ourselves: What’s right for me – Following my hobby or getting into the family business? Pursuing engineering or becoming an entrepreneur? Doing something that makes me happy with small earnings or something that offers great packages?

And do you know why these questions arise? The two main reasons why we can’t decide our career path are:
>> Either we have no clue about what we genuinely like,
>> Or we know what we actually like but don’t think it’s a perfect option to go ahead with!

Have you ever come across someone who slipped smoothly into the right career shoes, and walked away without any troubles? Maybe yes, but very less.

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Well, well. Just take a deep breath and read on to know what you should do to find the right career path! This guide has got your back, trust us:

STEP 1: Mirror, mirror on the wall; what’s my favourite hobby that can become a job?

That’s right. Look deep inside. Figure out things you are passionate about, that make you happy, and can be worked upon. Give directions to your all-time favourite hobbies and pursue them seriously. Self-evaluation is the key!

STEP 2: Say hello to the too-many options and follow the ideal process

In the times when you feel like pursuing multiple things and end up getting confused, just follow the filter process. List down all the options available, research about them and explore as much as you can. Make comparisons and see what’s better, prioritize or rank your choices, and voila! You will reach the next main step about experiencing the future.

STEP 3: Getting on it by using ‘experiential knowledge’ as the shield

A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.
—Arthur Golden

With that list of shortlisted options in your hand, your succeeding step should be choosing and getting on to your ‘next thing’ with the help of career advisors. Mentors play an important role, for seeking guidance from our seniors or parents is indispensable. However, words or pieces of advice are not enough in today’s world. You need to feel, experience, and then decide your career to avoid any repercussions.

Experiential learning means acquiring practical knowledge about any topic by getting a hands-on experience. In simple words, it is the process of learning through experience, more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing”.

An internship is sure to give you some perspective and a good curriculum will help you get a clear picture regarding your career choices. Gaining experience by doing internships, taking classes, reading books, etc can help you develop the skills and abilities to strengthen your goals.

STEP 4: Be an opportunist

Knowing in a few months is better than investing your life trying. Pre-acquired knowledge also helps in saving time & money, because what if you realise later that the path you chose wasn’t meant for you! Make use of opportunities to become what you really want to be. Make a career plan, make a choice, get experiential knowledge, and you are good to go. Explore, experience, and then pursue that path.

STEP 5: Right Decisions = Right Path

Decision making is the most crucial process and setting goals is not an easy job. So, now what? After you come down to one option and finally decide that this is it, start focussing on how to grow in that field. Build networks that help you reach the top of the ladder and kill it with your phenomenal performance.

Hope that we helped you get on the right path to the most suitable career. Here’s a small tip! Don’t spend years to learn the curriculum that changes every day, rather equip and prepare yourself with the tools of today! Ready to find your next thing?