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Prospective employers are looking for employees who go the extra mile. Participating in college sports is viewed similarly to other extracurricular activities such as being involved in student government, volunteering for charitable organizations, or even working part time.
Balancing the hours of practice and games while going to college is difficult, and it is an indication of a student’s work ethic. While it might be hard to argue that sports has a direct correlation to higher incomes, promotions, and better jobs, there is no question that the leadership skills, development of teamwork, time management, and determination of many athletes surely help prepare them for the working world.
Many businesses are focused on providing a team environment in the workplace, as evidenced by the discussion of the importance of teamwork in numerous publications like the Harvard Business Review. In fact, some companies have said that they look specifically to hire former athletes, because of their ability to work as a team. The majority of former student-athletes say that being part of a team while participating in college sports prepared them for life after graduation.