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Developing employability through sport and physical activity
Developing employability through sport and physical activity

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1 The journey so far – where are you now?

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Figure 2 What are your career goals?

This section is dedicated to identifying your current career position and your career goals. It serves as a critical checkpoint to gain clarity and insights into where you stand in your professional journey. As you complete the two activities below, keep in mind that there is no right or wrong answer but you should consider where you are at and where you would like to progress to.

Activity 1 Your career – where are you at?

Timing: Allow approximately 2 minutes
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Remember, there is no correct answer here as your response is personal to your own situation.

In the next activity you are going to reflect a little further on what your overall career goals are.

Activity 2 Goal getter – mapping your success

Timing: Allow approximately 15 minutes

Setting realistic targets throughout your career can be beneficial in supporting your personal development. Regardless of what stage you are at within your career we are continuously in a cycle of learning and developing to help our progression.

Take a few minutes to think about what you would like to achieve in your career in the short (within the next year), medium (next 1–3 years), and long (3+ years) term.

In the box below set out some of these goals. They could be ‘general’ rather than comprehensive e.g. be employed in a sports related job in one year. You might want to relate them to experience you want to gain, qualifications you want to complete, or skills you want to develop.

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This might seem like a big question to jump in with at the start of the very first session! However, taking some time to consider where you want to go is really important to ensure that you give yourself the best possible chance of achieving your goals. Even if, at this point, you don’t know the direction you want to go in you could still have a range of goals, such as: identify potential career paths, achieve job satisfaction, earn a particular salary, and so on. Equally, if you are already engaged with your desired career then it remains important to set yourself goals and targets to ensure progression and development, whether that be moving into new roles or developing particular skills.

In the next section you are going to explore your engagement in sport and how this has the ability to develop your skill set.