Work smarter not harder. Get a degree so you can have a good job.
I will stick to what I know. I was a sports management undergrad, despite eventually getting a Masters in Business Administration. Like many kids I had dreams of running a big name sports franchise or Coaching a division 1 football team. As I got older and wiser, I quickly began to see not only the world of sports was a cold and dark business, but the world of higher education may be worse.
Consider this.There are 300+ Schools offering Sports Management Degrees. 1,606,000 students will graduate from college this year. Let’s just say 1% will be sports management degrees. That is 160,600 students in line for jobs. Roughly 138,700 people work in the spectator sports industry. How many new jobs are there for Sports management students? Not many. Now consider that number of graduates doubling and tripling in the next several years.
The problem isn’t that kids have dreams of achieving these goals. The problem is that Universities are flinging their doors open, marketing a makeshift “Sports management program” and telling kids to come learn how to run a sports franchise, or be an agent, or work in sports marketing, when in reality if they want to “work in sports” they will have to clean toilets in a stadium, sell popcorn, or sell tickets making minimum wage for the next 10 years before you get a big boy/girl salary.
If you have the support system to wait it out and you LOVE sports that much, I salute you. I played college sports, coached in college and even have had some semi-professional opportunities so I have spent a large majority of my life in sports. I get why people love sports. But here is what I need to tell you. The higher education system in this country is a business. They are trying to grow enrollment, get donors to their university, and make big things happen for their university so they can get grants, raises, funding, etc.
So when you are told to go get an education, you are being sold on an idealistic American dream that has drastically shifted from it’s turn of the century opportunity. Is education still very important? Yes. But the kind of education you receive is critical. You as a student must be wide-eyed and aware of what is being fed to you, because you have to pay for this education. Newsflash….it costs a lot. If the end doesn’t justify the means, you need to consider what you actually want in a career, what you can do for less than an experience, because paying off 100 grand in student loans would be kind of like prison.
Choose wisely. And to those in control of Higher Education….It is time for reform.