Countless scientific studies have proven that playing a sport can add many benefits to one’s life. One unexpected benefit for an athletic enthusiast is a leg up when it comes to scoring that dream job! More and more employers are finding that applicants with a sports background make great employees. Does that mean you have to be a former Olympian or a retired professional football player to be first on the hiring list? Absolutely not! The Cornell Chronicle of Cornell University says, “Research with current workers and with retirees tell us: Participation in competitive youth sports ‘spills over’ to occupationally advantageous traits that persist across a person’s life”.
So what are these sought after traits that employers are looking for? Well, according to Elizabeth Covay Minor, Research Director at Michigan State University, in an interview with Fortune Magazine says, “persistence, attentiveness, organization and flexibility” are soft social skills that are important to employers. Other qualities that student athletes possess are: leadership ability, self-confidence and self-respect — also greatly valued by employers. Playing sports teaches future employees essential lessons in teamwork, reaching goals and even learning to cope with failure! Learning from these lessons will prepare former athletes for future professional workplace success.
Here at Marketing Puget Sound, a great example of how playing sports has spilled over to benefit our team of professionals is through our Multimedia Engineer, Trent Gibson. Trent brings his semi-pro baseball skills with him to the office every day. His “team-first” attitude and competitive nature have added to our professional growth at MPS. Trent understands that teamwork is essential to reaching our goals, and our clients’ goals. As a key player of our Multimedia Marketing team in Tacoma, Trent uses his competitive nature off the field to guarantee every design we produce at MPS is a marketing masterpiece!