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Getting hired in sports can be hard, but you don't have to go it alone. On the twice-weekly WorkInSports podcast, host Brian Clapp acts as your guide to stand out and make a name for yourself in this unique and competitive industry. Featuring an impressive list of guests ranging from super agents (Leigh Steinberg, Nicole Lynn, Jack Mills), General Managers (Dan Duquette) and sports reporters (Jason LaCanfora, Tamara Brown) to entrepreneurs (Zach Maurides, Neeta Sreekanth, Eric Stark), market ...
 
Pro athlete and entrepreneur Courtney Stephen shares valuable lessons, motivational keynotes, and inspiring conversations with leaders from different industries.
 
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No two career paths are the same, but there are similarities in how workers advance in the sports industry. One of the most observable trends is that to move up in the field, you frequently have to move away from your location. That’s been the case with several guests of the WorkInSports Podcast, including James Price (now Oklahoma City Thunder Dir…
 
There are many benefits to working in minor league sports. The WorkInSports Podcast chats with Zack Raab about possible career paths in the minors. One of the most effective ways to set yourself up for a long career in the sports industry is by gaining the right experience as soon as possible. While internships are a great way to get your feet wet …
 
At its core, the WorkInSports Podcast teaches you how to sell yourself to an employer in the sports industry. Jennifer in Massachusetts is seeking some sports career advice on that front with this question for VP of Content and Engaged Learning Brian Clapp: “Hey Brian, it feels like 2022 was a tumultuous year for job seekers and employers. First it…
 
Until 2005, elite basketball players could jump immediately from high school graduation to the pros. That system produced standouts like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The 2006 draft was the first that the NBA instituted an age limit requiring basketball players to be one year removed from their high school graduation before entering the draft. This…
 
Sports media has undergone an astronomical shift since the turn of the century. When the internet started, catching a game on television (when it was available in your area), reading about last night’s results in the newspaper (with the occasional Sunday morning features mixed in), and subscribing to Sports Illustrated were basically the extent of …
 
There is no one answer to how to get a job in sports, but there are definitely ways that you can sabotage your search if you aren’t careful. Lorena in Texas is having a hard time getting her career started and has this question for the WorkInSports Podcast: “Hi Brian, I’m pretty new to the podcast, a friend told me about it and I’ve been really enj…
 
Since launching the WorkInSports Podcast in 2017, VP of Content and Engaged Learning Brian Clapp’s goal has been to provide aspiring sports professionals insight into the sports business and a roadmap to breaking into the industry. With today marking the 500th episode of the podcast, we decided to look back at some of the top advice our experts in …
 
On this episode of the WorkInSports Podcast, we look back to our chat with Auburn University Assistant AD for Marketing and Fan Engagement Dan Heck. He details his journey from a marketing graduate assistant at Central Michigan University to his current post running the Tigers’ marketing efforts in the football hotbed of the SEC. Moving up in the s…
 
First impressions can make or break your chances of landing a job or internship. They also play a role in how you are perceived once you have started with an organization. On today’s episode of the WorkInSports Podcast, Brandal from Texas wants to know how to have a successful internship experience from day one: “Hey Brian, I’m someone who likes to…
 
Not every job is in sales, but getting every job requires you successfully sell yourself to the hiring manager. That process begins when you apply for a job and submit your resume in the hopes that it sells you well enough to get an interview. Here is what you're selling: Your skills Your ability to get the job done Your ideas This episode of the W…
 
LinkedIn can do wonders for a job search if utilized properly. One tool that could focus your network is the Boolean search. Here's an example of using one if you want to be a sports reporter: "Sports Reporter" (searches for profiles with only that job title) "Sports Journalist" OR "Sports Reporter" (finds profiles with either job title) "Sports Re…
 
Today’s guest on the WorkInSports Podcast is James Price, who at the time of this interview, was Director of Marketing and Digital for the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA’s G-League. He is now Director of Social Media for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder. After graduating from Marquette as an advertising major, he worked as a marketing and promotions lead…
 
Internships are a game changer for starting your sports career, but obtaining one can be intimidating when you don’t have experience. That’s what concerns Alexis in her question to the WorkInSports Podcast: “Hey Brian, love the show. I’m a college sophomore and you’ve really inspired me to start acquiring more workplace experience through internshi…
 
Professional sports brands are valuable, and companies line up to associate with them to bolster their bottom lines. Previous WorkInsports Podcast guests such as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Luke Mohamed and Ilitch Sports and Entertainment’s Molly Wurdack Folt have given us a glimpse of how to build relationships between sports franchises and external …
 
Not getting along with coworkers can be jarring if you are used to forming close ties at work easily. While difficult coworkers can drain your energy, be careful about devoting too much bandwidth to someone you don't get along with. That isn't to say you should ignore problems that pertain to your day-to-day job duties, but be sure to focus on how …
 
The goal of networking is to build quality relationships instead of racking up a large number of LinkedIn connections. Building and maintaining authentic relationships with people you reach out to benefits you personally and professionally by gaining a friend and, eventually, someone who can advocate for you when a career opportunity opens up. Hann…
 
Your resume is one of the most important things you will write in your sports career. It sets the tone of who you are to prospective employers. Today’s question for the WorkInSports Podcast comes from William in South Carolina, who is looking for some resume tips: “Hey Brian – I recently read an article on Buzzfeed from a Google Senior Recruiter ex…
 
Fundraising is the lifeblood of competitive college athletics. While TV contracts, ticket sales, and sponsorships make up a sizable portion of an athletic department’s revenue stream, securing donations is the main catalyst for the capital projects, scholarship funding, and endowments that drive programs forward. Getting these projects off the grou…
 
The sports betting industry has rapidly grown since the Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports betting in 2018. One profession in the industry that has benefited from this growth is sports media. Traditional media outlets were already cutting staff in the years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, and sports betting companies have become…
 
Internships are particularly important in establishing yourself because they help with you gain experience and build a network. Molly from Alabama is looking for internships and has this question for the WorkInSports Podcast: “Hi Brian, I’m a junior in college, and as part of my curriculum requirements, I have to do an internship. I don’t have much…
 
Nicole from Minnesota slid into Brian Clapp's inbox searching for some job search strategies: “Hey Brian, I’m embarrassed to admit this, but after graduating in May, I’ve kind of slacked off the last three months. September is the month to get me back on track. Can you help me build a job search strategy?” When searching for a job, you naturally wa…
 
Today's question for the WorkInSports Podcast comes from Michael: “Hi Brian, I am starting my sophomore year in college, and I just declared as a sports management major! What advice would you have for someone like me to maximize my college years and be primed to hit the workforce in 3 more years?” Host Brian Clapp addresses Michael's question by s…
 
With the Supreme Court unanimously ruling that the NCAA cannot restrict education-related benefits for student-athletes in 2021, student-athletes can now profit from NIL deals, which created opportunities for companies to stake a claim in this new marketplace. Today’s guest on the WorkInSports Podcast, Hall of GOATS CEO Greig Carlson, runs one such…
 
Networking is important in any industry, and sports are no different. One effective way to make connections is through informational interviews. But, once you have secured one, what are the best practices? That's what Jean-Christian from the University of San Francisco asks the WorkInSports Podcast: "First, I wanted to say I love your WIS podcast. …
 
The competition for sports jobs is fierce, and every experience you get before transitioning from college to your career is golden. However, to advance in the industry, you typically must move around the country when stepping-stone opportunities open. That has been the experience for past WorkInSports Podcast guests such as Auburn Assistant AD Dan …
 
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