We already knew that business professionals think student-athletes make better employees. There’s something about the team spirit, competitive drive and ability to balance the demands of school and sport that sets student-athletes up for great success as professionals.
But a new study — released by Gallup, based on information from the NCAA — shows that student-athletes are also more engaged at work, which means they’re more productive and happy in their jobs.
The Wall Street Journal reports that hiring managers are starting to take note of the benefits of hiring a student-athlete.
It is impossible to know whether success in the collegiate athletic arena leads to a fulfilling career or is simply coincidental to it, but a growing body of research is making the case that young women who play sports become strong and successful. Research released by the consulting firm EY in 2014 found that among 400 women executives from five countries, more than half played a sport at the university level and 94% considered themselves athletes.
“They learn resilience, they learn how to stay on task and get to the finish line,” said Beth Brooke-Marciniak, a global vice chairwoman at EY and former basketball player at Purdue.
You can start preparing for careers after college sports now.
The article is behind a paywall. If you don’t have access to the Wall Street Journal, you could check out one of our blog posts about finding a career after college sports instead:
- 10 Surprising Majors that Will Get You a Career in Sports
- Why Student-Athletes Make Better Employees
- How to Prepare for Life After College
We’d love to chat with you about your academic and athletic goals, and where you’d like to work after you graduate from college — and how we can help you get there. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.