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October 24, 2023, by brzms6

Sportsmanship: your secret to professional success

Amrina Kaur, Employability Officer

In our last blog post, we explored how participating in sports has helped employees in the workplace, and how to showcase your sporting experience during the application and interview process. If you missed it, you can read it first.

We discussed with employers how the core principles of good sportsmanship can extend far beyond the playing field, and can be seamlessly integrated into the world of work.

Which principles of good sportsmanship translate to the workplace? 

“Dedication, commitment and high energy levels can provide a platform for good work ethic, focus and personal values.” – Nicola Jones, Dains Accountants

These qualities form the foundations of not just sportsmanship, but also professional excellence.

“They’ll be committed to being a team player and motivating themselves as well as others” – Stephanie Read, Metric Search

These attributes are key to fostering a collaborative and productive work environment.

“Collaboration, listening, training, practice, determination, discipline.” – Alexandra Tullett, Domestic and General

These are all essential components that drive success both on the field, and in the professional arena.

Why do students who play sports appeal to employers?

 “Sports develop many transferrable skillsets. These include teamwork, resilience, leadership and self-reflection.” Hannah Leslie, DHL Express

Not only does sports provide you with a whole host of critical skills, but it showcases your dedication and ability to show up when needed.

“It demonstrates a commitment to extracurricular activities, team focus and energy levels.” Nicola Jones, Dains Accountants

Beyond showing dedication and capacity to perform at your best, there is also an emphasis from employers on the significance of sports involvement in your professional journey.

“They are driven and ambitious and this aligns with our company values. We are particularly interested in students who play sports for our entry level roles.” – Yasmin Castle, Ideagen

Yasmin speaks about the importance of how the skills you’ve developed whilst playing sports can also align with the mission and goals of the company.

“Helped with networking and having an opportunity to showcase my values. For example, running a marathon for charity can be publicised and supported by colleagues, who see you volunteering for a worthwhile charity and achieving something great” – Alexandra Tullett, Domestic and General

Alexandra emphasises the broader impact of sports, and illustrates how it can be a catalyst for personal growth, showcasing values and commitment to making a positive impact, both within and outside the workplace.

In the world of careers, your involvement in sports is your secret weapon in the competitive job market. The principles learned on the field can shape your journey to success.

Ready to take the next step?

If you missed our previous blog post on how sports appeal to employers and how to showcase your sports experience in applications and interviews, catch up on it now.

Don’t forget to embrace your sporting experience by updating your CV, LinkedIn profile, and remembering to articulate your skills during interviews. Your future employers are waiting for someone just like you!

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