Five Sports Jobs that are Great for Millennials - Work in Sports Podcast e057

By Brian Clapp | March 05, 2018

Millennials are an important part of the sports workplace. Here are five sports jobs they are particularly well suited for, and a bit of a bonus rant on the communication breakdown between hiring managers and Millennials.


Hi everybody I’m Brian Clapp Director of Content for WorkinSports.com and this is the Work in Sports podcast.

I’m going to jump right in to today’s question because it’s juicy and I’m fired up after reading it and I don’t want to lose my intensity.

Question – Alex in Massachusetts,

I know it’s a requirement to say I love the podcast so I’ll start with that (Alex you know me so well) I have a 2 part question. First as a millennial I think we have a bad rap with hiring managers – they go into interviews expecting us to be something terrible. How can we compbat this attitude? And second – what are some sports industry jobs you think are perfect for millennials?



Alright, I read this from Alex and started to get a little fired up. So bear with me, this could be a passionate rant, but there is going to be some good info in here too I promise.

I’m not big in generalized clichés primarily because they are generalized. I don’t think I fit into the box of a typical Gen X’er so why would I assume that everyone born between 1981 and the year I graduated college, 1996 would be exactly the same.

Well, I don’t. And most intelligent hiring managers also look at individuals rather than a wide-ranging swath of opinion.

That said – millennials have a three-word brand that follows them around like my 6 year old when I have candy.

Lazy

Self-centered

Entitled

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None of those are great. I’m not sure even Kellyanne Conway could spin those words into a positive without physically becoming a drill and hitting oil sooner rather than later.

Here’s another word not used enough: Necessary.

And I don’t mean necessary as in Necessary evil, like swallow hard because you have to do it even if you don’t like it. No, I mean necessary, like essential and needed.

It’s estimated that by 2020 roughly half of the US workforce will be Millennials. Half. This is a large, impactful, meaningful, focused generation.Your Sports Career Questions Answered

Focused is important here. My generation was mad about things – unemployment, high college debt, high cost of living – but we answered that problem by listening to Pearl Jam and brooding.

The Millennials and Generation Z are getting out there and being activists and that I find inspiring. Side note – Generation Z sounds like a bad Brad Pitt movie or a WWE tag team group. I don’t like it. We need catchier names for generations.

In fact, I think the Weather channel, should be in charge of this. The come up with all the winter storm names and would be great at this – Generation Athena or Xanto or Brutus – much better.

Alright back on track tangent boy. Sometimes I’m very ADHD on this podcast, easy to go off on tangents but that’s part of my charm. No offense to ADHD, serious affliction, not mocking at all, just drawing a comparison.

Alright, that was a tangent on a tangent – focus.

For more advice on great sports jobs for Millennials listen to the podcast!

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