“I’m a college senior that has dedicated my life to my sport, but now that my career is ending, I realize I need to start looking for a job.” There are thousands of student-athletes who either say this out loud or have this thought every year. It’s a normal and scary situation when we realize that our sport is going away, but we must begin to plan for this while we are still in school. And so, how do we begin to plan for our career while we are still student-athletes?
Well the good news is that “networking” or what I like to call building relationships is a large component of what you’re going to need to do. The other good news is that you have a built-in alumni base (anyone who has ever played your sport at your institution) that are willing and want to help you. People love helping students, and people especially love helping student-athletes that are in the situation they were once in. The next question then becomes how do I reach out to that alumni, and what do I even say? Well, we’re glad you asked. I kept hearing this question so I decided to put together a script for you to use. The below script puts together a 4-step process we believe works when reaching out to make a connection:
- Connection to them
- Purpose for reaching out
I hope you’re doing well. To quickly introduce myself, my name is XXX and I am a Senior Tight End on the Yale Football team. I’m reaching out to you as I am hoping to grow my network with Yale Football alumni. I am in the process of figuring out what I want to do with my career and thought that connecting with others with similar backgrounds could help me navigate that process. [This next part is optional] I saw on your LinkedIn page that you began your career in Management Consulting and I’d love to hear about your experience with this role and how you ended up deciding on this job.
Are you available during any of the below dates/times?
– Tuesday, October 27 from 1 – 5 pm ET
– Wednesday, October 28 from 8 am – 12 pm ET
– Friday, October 30 from 1 – 3 pm ET
I am also open to other dates/times to accommodate your schedule. Let me know if you’d prefer to do Zoom or a phone conversation and I can send a calendar invite holding the time.
Let us know what you think, and let us know how this works for you! Anything else work for you?