Currently Still Playing?
Perfect. My advice to you? Play as long as you can but keep in mind that you cannot play forever…(Not even if you’re Jaromir Jagr). So don’t be like 90% of the hockey players out there and not recognize this reality before it is too late. Let’s get you prepared now for what is coming down the road tomorrow.
How Can We Do This?
It’s easy. Start asking yourself what interests you. And no don’t just say Hockey! And secondly, we unfortunately can’t all become coaches when we retire. So let’s find an alternate solution just in case becoming a coach doesn’t pan out for you. Here’s a list of things to start checking out:
- Research online school programs. (Diploma, Degree, MBA, Trade Certificate)
- Start reaching out to family and friends in places you might want to call home someday. (ask about career opportunities in the area, mentorship programs, training)
- Research steps and guidelines to start your own business. (Personal Training, Hockey Development Camps)
- Research courses and tickets needed for specific fields of work and application prerequisites. I know a lot of players will pursue a career in firefighting or the police force so do your homework sooner than later. It could save you a year of messing around waiting to get qualified to even apply. (First Aid, CPR,High School Diploma,Criminal Background Check,etc)
Think about how easier the transition will be when you’re prepared and focused on the next steps in life. Trust me, I didn’t take the time to do my homework before I finished playing my pro career, but luckily for me I went to University and completed my Bachelor of Business Administration Degree before playing ten years of Pro hockey or I would have had nothing else to fall back on except a high school diploma. And I know there will be a lot of you reading this right now that are probably feeling a bit worried because a high school diploma is all you have right now. But honestly don’t worry. There are several ways to get yourself prepared for what is coming next if you commit to taking the time to prepare for it all right now.
As for your hockey career, I don’t need to tell you when your time is up. We all have our own timestamp for that and only you can truly know when you’re getting close to your last couple years. But also remember that sometimes a career can end before you want it to from either injury or a run of bad luck with coaching and reputation. So don’t roll the dice too long on deciding when you feel the right time might be to start preparing for the next chapter in your life.
Please send me a message if you need any insights or information on questions you might have. I’m here to help!