10 Attributes of College Athletes That Employers Love

Most people are aware that there are benefits to playing college sports. They know that college sports can help you to stay fit, earn scholarship money, and even create lasting memories. What many people fail to recognize though, is that college sports have even more to offer than the obvious. Believe it or not– college sports can actually help you to obtain your ideal position. This is because college sports instill in you the attributes that every 21st century employer is looking for. Here are 10 attributes of college athletes that employers love:

  1. They are passionate about something. Sadly enough, some people never feel passionate towards anything in life because they don’t possess the ability to feel strongly. With this being said, when employers interview those who do, they act fast in hiring them.
  2. They understand the importance of teamwork. Too many people in today’s world truly believe that they can make it through life alone, without anyone else’s help. While this very well might be true, those people tend to make things harder than they need to be. Sometimes in life, it takes more than just one person to achieve a goal. And employers appreciate people who recognize that it does.
  3. They know how to manage their time. Whether they actually choose to do so– is a different story. They should though, as employers enjoy people who can prioritize their goals.
  4. Speaking of goals– they are goal-driven people. College athletes set goals for themselves and stop at nothing to achieve them. Employers appreciate people who always seek to grow professionally and strive to be better.
  5. They never give up. While some people haven’t figured this out yet, college athletes understand that hard work pays off in the end. Knowing this, they give it their all rather than give up, which deems them a worthy candidate for any job.
  6. They know how to manage their stress. College athletes learn that exercise helps them to relieve stress, and thus continue to exercise well after graduating. Employers are quick to get rid of those who can’t manage their stress and produce negative energy in the work place.
  7. They value relationships. Many people do not possess the insight college athletes do. College athletes know from experience that establishing relationships with others allows both parties to perform better overall. Since employers are interested in people who are willing to help one another achieve success, valuing relationships sets college athletes apart from other applicants and employees.
  8. They care more about their reputation. College athletes are used to representing something beyond themselves. They are careful not to tarnish the reputation of their team, and when this consideration carries over into the workforce, employers find it to be invaluable.
  9. They are competitive. Healthy competition raises the bar in any given situation. Thus when employers interview candidates who are have a competitive nature, they waste no time in hiring them.
  10. They are accomplished. A common interview question is “what do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in life thus far?” Because college athletes always have an answer to this question, they always manage to get the job.

In addition to this list, I’d like to share with you what I quickly discovered as a recent college graduate: times are changing. With bachelors degrees becoming more common, employers are looking for candidates that possess something extra. Since college sports can help you to achieve the extra attributes that employers now seek, I strongly suggest getting involved in a college sport, and really taking in the experience. Trust me– when you’re trying to land that dream job and you have something that sets you apart from the crowd, you’ll be glad that you did.

*Section Photo credit to Andy Lyons, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Mike Carter, USA Today Sports

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