An informative and educational one-day Athlete Career Programme (ACP) being hosted by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) in conjunction with E for Exec kickstarts on 5 November in Stellenbosch, Western Cape with a second session scheduled for Sandton, Johannesburg on 6 November. The workshop prepares elite athletes for the transition from sport to corporate careers.
The APC initiative will bring approximately 20 athletes from various countries to the workshop that will prepare them for a personalised track to their ideal job.
Says Managing Director of E for Exec: Tracy Hardy, The average Olympic athlete retires at 27, but the average retirement age for the general population is between 60 and 70 years of age.
The APC will therefore pave a way for athletes for this potential 40-year shortfall and ensure that the finish line is only the beginning of their rich and rewarding corporate career path. Since 2005, more than 7 000 athletes in over 40 countries have been assisted by this global programme.
The E for Execs team of Career Development Coaches who assist organisations with Talent Mobility and transition hundreds of people annually into new positions, will conduct the workshop and assist athletes to realise that they can excel in any corporate careers after sport.
Hardy adds, As in sports, surrounding oneself with great people can enhance the ability to win. Job search is a team sport, and as part of the team, we at E for Exec are very excited to bring the Athlete Career Programme to our athletes and will continue to coach and mentor them over the coming months.
Through the ACP workshops, SASCOC and E for Exec aim to assist some of our best athletes transition from the field of professional sport into their dream corporate career. This involves discovering the elements that drove the athlete to victory in sport and translate these assets into successfully navigating the labour market.
Says SASCOC CEO: Tubby Reddy:Elite athletes have unique talents and skills that set them aside from their peers. There is no doubting they can transfer and utilise those skills in the working environment, given the correct tools and guidance. We look forward to this programme and it is our hope that it will benefit the athletes and they can realize their corporate career paths.
Kirsty Coventry and Frank Fredericks, both Olympic medal-winning athletes in the pool and on the track respectively, will be attending the workshop. Claudia Bokel chair of the IOC Athletes Commission, Kady Kanoute Olympic athlete and member of ANOCA Athletes Commission and Amadou Dia Ba, IOC Athletes Commission member are some of the attendees for the APC workshop.
Launched in 2005 and 2007 respectively, and renewed in 2012, the International Olympic Athlete Career Programme and the International Paralympic Athlete Career Programme is offered by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the various National Olympic Committees as well as the International Paralympic Committee and National Paralympic Committees in co-operation with Adecco. It delivers support for Olympic and Paralympic athletes making the changeover from the field of play to the labour market as well as companies looking to hire employees that will make a difference in their workforce.