Thursday, August 1, 2013

Why Staying Informed is Important

As an aspiring sports business professional, I have heard multiple tips in order to find success. We all hear them all the time. Take the initiative. Make sure to network. Study hard and get good grades. Make a good first impression. All of these tips are important, however, one that often does not get said a lot is to be knowledgeable. It is highly important to read up on the current issues facing the sports business world and to be able to talk about them.

When meeting individuals who are already professionals in the industry, it is important for them to know you know what you are talking about. Simply stating you have always had a passion for sports, puts you in a category of millions. The goal is for you to stand out. A great way of doing this is having knowledge about the different issues going on. A better answer to the question of why you want to pursue a sport management degree would look something like this, “I am still exploring my options, however, after learning how to create a marketing deck for one of my classes, I am interested in sports marketing and sponsorship.” By answering like this, others know that you are aware of what you are talking about and it makes you stand out. Professionals will be more likely to connect with you and help you out if they know this. 

My advice is to read everyday. Read the Sports Business Journal and other blogs and websites. Make sure you know what is going on in the business of world of sports. It might sound like a tedious task, but it will only help you when you are networking and interviewing for jobs. As they say, knowledge is power, and I believe that is something we should not forget.


Michael Proska is a freshman at Drexel University from Springfield, PA pursuing a Sport Management degree along with a minor in Statistics. Along with being a writer for the SMTSU blog, The Sports Complex, he has an internship with Drexel Athletics in the promotions and marketing department. Michael is a member of the Army ROTC at Drexel University.  Michael is the Secretary for the SMTSU.  Follow Michael on Twitter @mikeprosk.

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