This is an exciting time of the year. Employers are returning to campus to recruit our Smith School talent. Athletes, such as our nationally-ranked Men’s and Lady Terps’ basketball teams, have been in the spotlight and actively involved in some challenging Big Ten games. Moreover, many sports fans eagerly await Super Bowl 51 and the opportunity to watch the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons in action.
So what do sports and career development have in common?
Whether it’s college or pro sports, those athletes who succeed at the highest levels are those who are always practicing, trying out new moves, and actively seeking instructional advice. Athletes like Tom Brady and Matt Ryan are mentally tough and always strive to improve their game. Similarly, the most successful graduates are what renowned performance psychologist Jim Loehr refers to as “corporate athletes.” According to Loehr, to achieve your career aspirations you must “concentrate, expend energy, break new personal records, and perform on demand in precisely the same way athletes do.” From a career search perspective this includes taking advantage of all opportunities to hone your interview skills, and eliciting advice from Career Coaches, OCS Leadership Fellows, colleagues, alumni and faculty. It also includes, but is not limited to, becoming savvier with online career resources and social media tools, developing and pursuing your “Plan B,” and continuously monitoring job openings listed in HireSmith and MBA Career TERP TALK.
Our OCS team wants to help you achieve peak performance and make it to the winner’s circle. We realize that success begins with you investing time and energy by taking advantage of our various career tools and services. For the next couple of months, think of yourself as an athlete in training for the Career Olympics (or, for those basketball fans, Career March Madness). Stay focused, engaged, and on track, and develop new habits so that you can emerge victorious in the job search competition.
Source: Loehr, J. E., & McCormack, M. (1997). Stress for success. Three Rivers Press: New York. ISBN0-8129-3009-6.