Brodie has been on the Australian ski team since 2013 and competed at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018.
Todd Harple, an innovation consultant who helped create the Intel Mentoring Program, has been advising Brodie on developing a more structured way of approaching his post-sport career.
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I found out about the Intel Mentoring Program through an Athlete365 email. At the time of signing up, I was, and still am, going through that phase of getting closer to the end of my sporting career. I recently graduated from university with a degree in finance, and I was starting to consider the next chapter of my life beyond the slopes.
As athletes, we can live insulated lives – it’s always about us and our sport – and I was hoping to gain a little guidance and additional perspective on how I can improve my opportunities when I retire. I’m enormously passionate about a career in fund management, and I was seeking advice and guidance from experienced people within the corporate world.
Trusting my instincts
I surprised myself by putting my hand up for the programme. I’m not sure if all athletes are the same, but I’ve always been an independent person. Not long after I signed up, Todd sent me a message and I didn’t know what to do – I thought, ‘do I really need this?’. I was hesitant, but something inside me told me this could really help. I reached out to Todd to share what was going through my head at the time, and we’ve gone on to build a great friendship. It’s a relationship that I’m benefitting a lot from personally and professionally.
Todd and I catch up about once a month to review the most recent exercise or activity I’ve been set. One task was creating an ideal job description for the area I’m hoping to work in. It was a thoughtful exercise that forced me to ask myself what I would want to be doing in an optimal world. There were a series of steps that flowed on from there in terms of structuring my CV and thinking about ways to optimise how I can communicate my story to suit new opportunities.
As athletes, we spend a lot of time on the road, away from home in small hotel rooms, so having this has been brilliant because I’ve been able to use my downtime productively when I haven’t been training.
It’s easy to pigeonhole athletes and place us in a space where we’re seen only as an athlete. But Athlete365 and Intel are challenging this perception by helping us navigate our transition and enhancing our life after sport.
Before I started working with Todd, I was finding it challenging to wrap my head around how to establish a career after sport. It’s this grey, hazy concept, because while you can go through traditional graduate programmes, if you’ve been an athlete for a long time you’re going to be starting well behind many of your peers. I’m in a place where I would love to find ways of finding corporate opportunities and moving into corporate spaces that recognise the skills and attributes I’ve developed as an athlete, and where I can learn from others in a more interactive way.
I was particularly excited to find out I had access to the LinkedIn Learning library through the programme. Having finished my finance degree already and knowing that I’m still competing for a couple of years after that, it’s been a great resource for me to turn to in keeping my brain sharp. I enjoy the process of learning, and I’ve been taking various courses to try to continuously self-improve. As athletes, we spend a lot of time on the road, away from home in small hotel rooms, so having this has been brilliant because I’ve been able to use my downtime productively when I haven’t been training. It’s helped me to mentally recover from the demands of my sport, too.
For many athletes, we wake up every day throughout our young lives and focus almost exclusively on our sport, on winning an Olympic medal or a world championship. For a long time, that’s all we channel our focus on. When we get to a point in our lives where we can no longer pursue our objectives in sport, we’re susceptible to falling into this limbo zone, where we’re floating without a real sense of purpose.
This programme is really assisting us on that journey of focusing on our well-being and our personal excellence holistically. It’s easy to pigeonhole athletes and place us in a space where we’re seen only as an athlete. But Athlete365 and Intel are challenging this perception by helping us navigate our transition and enhancing our life after sport. While it’s important that we maximise our talent and ability in sport, it’s equally important that we take responsibility in maximising our opportunities beyond sport – and as it has for me, the Intel Mentoring Program will help you on your journey.