How Do You Take the Next Step in Your Sports Career? - Work in Sports Podcast e012

By Brian Clapp | October 30, 2017

How Do You Take The Next Step in Your Sports Career?

Hi I’m Brian Clapp Director of Content for and this is the work in sports podcast—

Welcome to our Monday edition where I answer fan questions we’ve received throughout the week, I do a deep dive into a specific problem or question someone has related to the sports industry. I’m trying to give you all actionable advice, ways you can propel your career, but also have a little fun doing it.Your Sports Career Questions Answered

If you have a question you want me to answer on the podcast – email me: bclapp at – I love getting these questions from you because they are real, and if you have it, chances are someone else out there is wondering the same thing.

I’m all about solving problems.

Before I get into this weeks question one notes – 1 our Wednesday episode is an interview with sports security expert James DeMeo, I conducted the interview on Friday and it was really really good.

So here’s what’s interesting about it – I booked James for two reasons - he’s got a new book coming out, “What’s Your Plan” which he sent me an advance copy of and is very good. And he’s been an integral part of the security community for a long time – having helped open the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn and other major sporting arenas. In these times with the Las Vegas shooting and the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, it is important for all of us to be aware and diligent at sports events.

This is important people.

But what I didn’t know, or ever really consider until we spoke, was the abundance of jobs available in sports security, but not just the burly guys in the yellow jackets at events, there are huge opportunities in team operations and security, the brains behind the brawn you could say. And these jobs are intertwined in every part of the team operation.

Our conversation delved into how to stay safe at sports events, but also into the role of security as it pertains to team operations – very very insightful so tune in Wednesday for that.

John in Wilburham, Massachusetts – which is the birthplace of Friendly’s restaurant for all you east coasters – writes in:

Hey Brian – I’ve been working in the sports industry for about 4 years now with a sports marketing organization, I’m ready to take the next step and become more on the management side of my career – what is the big difference between entry level jobs and management jobs, and how do I show my boss I am ready.

Reactive vs. Proactive

How do you show this to your boss – well, I’m a fan of being honest and straight-forward. I think whenever you feel you are ready for the next step up in your career you have an honest conversation with your boss.

When I was News Director at Fox Sports Northwest, I remember going into my boss and saying something along the lines of – I’ve been here for three years now, I love being a part of this team and I want to be here for a long time…I just want you to know my end goal is to be a general manager, and I’m hoping you can help teach me along the way so I can be ready for that step when it is available.

As a boss, I used to love when my staff would let me know they were interested in progress. Now, it’s annoying if they’ve been in their role for a month or two, but if you are a top performer, have worked hard, had good reviews – there is noting wrong with talking to your boss and saying ‘this is where I want to go, I hope you can help me get there’how to prepare for your sports job search ebook

As for what you can do, you also have to show you can think bigger about the business – you aren’t just an individual contributor, you have ot think bigger about the business, how does it generate revenue, where are the pain points for the organization, what does the future hold, what are next steps – start to show your boss you can think bigger about the organization, you’ll begin to show you are ready.

So don’t be shy about having an open and honest relationship with your boss – but you have to earn the relationship. If you don’t perform well in your current role, don’t start thinking about the next one.

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