4 Steps to career change success: #Perform

4 Steps to career change success: #Perform

In the final blog in our series highlighting what you need to consider when changing your role or career, we look at what you need to do when you receive new job offers, negotiate a package that suits you and make a lasting impression in your new position. In the previous blog we looked at how to build a personal brand and how you will be found by potential recruiters, looking beyond a well-crafted CV and into the multiple social media channels that support your professional profile. This final stage, perform, is another exciting phase for those we support to change roles and find career success. At this point we have worked through the previous stages – coming to terms with redundancy or leaving your role, exploring new options and shaping your brand and seeking offers – and the people we support are now getting new job offers and making career decisions. At this point, we’ve supported clients to make sure they can secure two or three good offers. However, this is the time that needs the most careful consideration and our role is to help people work through the thought process as they decide which direction to take. We work with people to look back at Explore to understand what their ideal role would be. Together, we consider the best fit from the offers received and also look at what the compromises will be. This can be challenging as the temptation is often to go for the best-looking job and there is a danger that you don’t properly consider the compromises or the potential consequences. For example, in...
What should a footballer consider for the future?

What should a footballer consider for the future?

A glittering career as a professional footballer is almost every boy’s dream. The opportunity to earn a handsome wage playing the game you love for club or even country makes becoming a professional footballer the top career goal for boys in this country. But while the rewards of a football career can be high, the career itself is short. “The biggest attrition rate is undoubtedly among young players,” says Oshor Williams of the PFA’s education department. “Most of these kids don’t have a Plan B. It can be very unnerving to find yourself having to move into a completely different world.” Planning ahead and considering a life after football is therefore crucial to keep options open and create future opportunities, whatever direction a young football player’s career might take. Thankfully there is support available to help with this. So what steps can a young professional footballer and their parents take now, and what aspects should be considered? Start planning for the future today As academy scholars and professional club players, footballers receive a great deal of support and training. When players are released, that support can end abruptly. It is therefore important to begin planning early while resources are available. Make use of the support while it is available. Parents and young players should ask their club what post-football career support is available, and how to access it. Find out what training opportunities are available through League Football Education (LFE), the academy training partnership set up by The Football League and The Professional Footballers’ Association. But also ask for details of other support networks and organisations like New Leaf...
Four rules for parents of football academy players

Four rules for parents of football academy players

For many, when their child is spotted by a scout for a professional football club and is selected to be groomed as a future football star, it is a dream come true. Parents get to see their child start on a journey to fulfil their ambitions and fantasise about future glory and six-figure salaries that will secure them for life. However, what should parents consider when their child joins a football academy? What can a parent expect when their child is signed by a professional football club? How do they plan for an academy star’s future and what are the options if their child is released by an academy or the child decides on a career away from football? One of the biggest difficulties families face when a child is selected to join the academies of professional football clubs is that the child’s career very quickly can become the families career. In many cases parents have to change jobs and relocate and the whole family has to make sacrifices. It puts an enormous burden on the young academy star and the consequences of them not succeeding and being released by the club can have far-reaching knock-on effects for the whole family. Newleaf specialises in helping academy players and professional footballers to find new careers and  succeed in life after football. Here we share five rules for parents with children who have been spotted by a football academy. Understand the realities of football academies All too often I hear parents at football academies joking that “that’s my pension playing out there”. While it’s just light-hearted fun, parents must fully understand...
What happens to footballers when their careers and dreams are over?

What happens to footballers when their careers and dreams are over?

In football, when academy players or professional players are rejected and released from their clubs, the consequences on the remainder of their life can be devastating. In the game, the moment they are dropped and told they don’t have a future in football is known as “the red, misty-eyed moment in the car park.” After years of dedication players as young as 16 are told their dreams are over and they are cast adrift with little or no idea of what they can do next. Professional football clubs and soccer academies now do what they can to support young people and players through this process, but few have the skills, resources and training they need to manage this extremely challenging transition to life beyond the game. For the player or academy star, the world they know has gone and their dreams and ambitions are left in tatters. At Newleaf, we know first-hand how devastating this can be. We specialise is helping players through this transition and support them to create a new prosperous and fulfilling future. Common problems for footballers who are released Players are recruited by football clubs and academies at just nine-years-old. For the next seven years they will receive expert training and guidance to become professional players. However, at 16, more than half will be released and told they won’t go any further. At 19, when they finally get contracts with a club, just one per cent of those who started at nine will succeed. In the world of professional football, around 700 players each year in the UK are released by clubs and told their...
What can football learn from business?

What can football learn from business?

The football career pathway is tough and highly competitive. It’s also very short. The Premier League and Football League say between 60% and 65% of the 700 or so scholars taken on each year are rejected at 18. Half of those who do win a full-time contract will not be playing at a professional level by 21, according to the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA). Even successful professional footballers often retire at an age when the careers of those in business are usually just starting to take off. Former Crystal Palace midfielder Gavin Heeroo  knows only too well how quickly the outlook can change. After being released in 2004, he developed a gambling addiction. “I think there’s a lack of support [for young players],” he says. “Organisations need to be more accountable. I always strongly believed that if football didn’t work out, I could do anything I put my mind to. Other kids might not be so lucky.” Gavin conquered his betting habit with the help of the Sporting Chance clinic and now runs his own business. But what can the football industry as a whole do differently to better support players during and after their football career? By drawing parallels with other industries and their HR, recruitment, training and development and career transition practices, football clubs and academies can examine and implement best practice to provide better structures and support. 1 The recruitment process The heavily regulated recruitment industry in the UK means that the recruitment process for businesses is required to be robust and fair. Candidates are given multiple opportunities to show employers what they can do. Recruitment...

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