Explore education options so that you’re already on track for a new career. Find an institution that will fully support your need to balance sport and education.
Consider contacting current or retired athletes for ideas or guidance. The World Olympians Association is a great place to start.
Set learning goals and map out how to achieve them.
Researching and choosing the academic institution
Develop a few useful questions to ask of yourself, and of the institutions, when searching for the one that suits your needs best. What were the most important questions? Below are some examples to get you started.
• Does the university/school offer flexible study options?
• Does the university have scholarships/bursaries available for me?
• Do I have obligations to participate in sport at the university?
• If I have to miss my lectures will I get additional support?
• Are there any sports scholarships I might be eligible for?
Developing relationships with academic institutions
It is important for you to take responsibility when developing relationships within your academic institution, like you would in your sports teams. You should:
• Meet key staff early.
• Be professional.
• Be respectful and polite.
• Be proactive.
• Be willing to give something back.
Planning sport/academic calendar
Make sure you are familiar with your academic and sporting demands.
Create a planner and fill it with your course commitments, sporting competitions and personal events.
Meet your academic advisor and coach to speak about your concerns and come up with solutions.