Job search
Job Search

People profile: Julie Schladitz

Career coach and author of Career after Sport

Published in Sports Management 2018 issue 4
As a career coach, Julie Schladitz has worked with many athletes
As a career coach, Julie Schladitz has worked with many athletes

Why do athletes need help transitioning out of sport?
Retirement from professional sport is challenging. Stories of stars fallen on hard times appear frequently in the news. Research published by the world players’ union FIFPro in 2015 showed that depression and anxiety issues affect over one third of former footballers. It’s clear that there’s an ever-growing problem.

For professional athletes, sport doesn’t just provide financial rewards. They also stand to lose their status, feelings of entitlement, identity, camaraderie, routine, goals, social support, security, self-confidence and a feeling of being better than anyone else at what they do. The list is long.

How can athletes prepare for the transition?
We all want to have some control over our lives with the possibility to make our own free choices. After all, autonomy and self-determination are essential to our wellbeing. You may not be able to control your retirement – an injury or de-selection from a team may take that decision away from you – but you are in charge of how you prepare for life after sport. Don’t leave your future up to fate. Be proactive. In order to continue your growth and personal development, start planning the next phase of your life now.

What’s the first step in planning the next phase?
The better we know ourselves, the easier it is to find out what we want to do next. Insight into your personal values will enable you to regain a sense of meaning and purpose in life. It will help you take the right decisions, leading to life satisfaction and happiness.

What is really important in your life? Differentiate between what matters to you and what doesn’t. Let this knowledge influence your goals and act on them. Remember, if the going gets tough, you’re more likely to stay on track if you’re heading in a direction that is valuable to you, rather than one that is not personally meaningful.

What sort of support do athletes need?
Transition out of sport can be tough emotionally: feelings of despair, frustration, and anger are common. The right support network is critical.

Role models are important, so see if you can talk to someone who has been through a similar transition and succeeded. In addition to close family and friends, it is also important to have someone impartial to confide in when needed. And know when to seek out professional help – being able to ask for assistance is a sign of strength.

How does goal setting help?
In their sporting careers, athletes have always had a goal to work towards. Setting goals outside of sport is vital too. The period of transition out of sport may feel very uncomfortable. You don’t quite know what you are going to do, you feel out of your comfort zone, and your confidence may have taken a knock.

Setting goals is a proven, successful way to focus your mind, take control of your circumstances and help you anticipate setbacks. Moreover, achievement of goals reinforces your self-confidence and self-esteem. Pursuing meaningful goals, in line with your values, will help you develop as a person.

How can athletes learn to embrace change?
We all know that life has its ups and downs. Resilience is the ability to bounce back irrespective of what life throws at you. Athletes should try viewing setbacks as occasions to learn and remind themselves that out of difficult situations come new opportunities.

Be appreciative of life. At the end of each day, identify what went well for you. Be grateful for what you have. And quite simply, just quieting your mind through activities such as walking, gardening or meditating while taking time out to reflect on the small pleasures in life builds resilience.

Career after Sport

TCareer After Sport is the result of twenty years of experience from professional career coach Julie Schladitz, who has counselled countless executives and athletes in professional development after they’ve left the sports industry.

With this book, Schladitz is sharing her experience, helping retired athletes around the world move on to new careers and become self-reliant in a new workforce.ce, helping retired athletes around the world move on to new careers and become self-reliant in a new workforce.

Sign up for FREE ezines
Sports jobs
Harlow Leisurezone
featured job

Swimming Instructors (Level 2)

Harlow Leisurezone
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Harlow, UK
Adventure Experience
featured job

General Manager (dual sites)

Adventure Experience
Salary: £30,000 - £40,000pa
Job location: Harrow, UK
Derby City Council
featured job

Assistant Manager - Event and Conferencing

Derby City Council
Salary: £26,511 - £29,577pa
Job location: Derby, UK
Anglian Water
featured job

Activities Manager - Rutland Water

Anglian Water
Salary: £30,000 - £35,000pa depending on experience
Job location: Oakham, UK
Radley College
featured job

Sports Centre Duty Manager

Radley College
Salary: Good Salary
Job location: Abingdon, UK

Cleaner

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive pay rates
Location: Nottingham, UK

Sales Advisor/Club Promoter

énergie group
Salary:
Location: Acton, London, UK

General Manager

énergie group
Salary:
Location: Welling High Street, Welling, UK

Sales Manager

énergie group
Salary:
Location: Acton, London, UK

Sales Manager

énergie group
Salary:
Location: Blackburn, UK

Operations Manager

Everyone Active
Salary:
Location: Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK

Club Promoter - New Gym Opening

énergie group
Salary:
Location: Acton, London, UK

Swimming Coach

Wimbledon College
Salary: £23.50 ph + holiday pay
Location: Wimbledon, London, UK

Duty/Operations Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Lutterworth, UK
recruiting with sports management

Active Communities Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Daventry, UK

Sports Centre Assistant

Wycombe Abbey School
Salary: £22,000 - £24,000
Location: High Wycombe, UK

LEISURE CENTRE SUPERVISOR

Leicester City Council
Salary: £22,183 - £24,491 + pension + benefits
Location: Leicester, UK

Operations Assistant (NPLQ required)

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Hornchurch, UK

Operations Assistant (NPLQ required)

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Basildon, UK

Team Leader

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary, excellent benefits
Location: Bracknell, UK

Team Leader

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary, excellent benefits
Location: Leamington Spa, UK
recruiting with sports management

Swim Teacher

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Sunbury-on-Thames, UK

Operations Assistant (NPLQ required)

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bracknell, UK

Duty Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Full time position - Competitive Salary
Location: Bracknell, UK

Food & Beverage Supervisor

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bracknell, UK

Maintenance Engineer

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Bracknell, UK

Fitness Motivator

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Sunbury-on-Thames, UK

Clip 'n' Climb Instructor

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
training with sports management

Team Leader

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary, excellent benefits
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Food & Beverage Supervisor

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Market Harborough, UK

Operations Assistant

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Duty Managers and Leisure Assistants

InspireAll
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bletchley, Milton Keynes, UK

Swim Teacher

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Solihull, UK

Operations Assistant (NPLQ required)

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Solihull, UK

Team Leader

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary, excellent benefits
Location: Solihull, UK
Swimming Teacher jobs  Operations Assistant (NPLQ required) jobs  membership consultant jobs  duty manager jobs  Team Leader jobs  Operations Manager jobs 
More jobs

Video Gallery

Total Vibration Solutions / Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces
A short time-lapse video showing our installation of the Robbins MVP timber flooring system, completed in Sept 2021 at The University of Kent Sport Centre in Canterbury
Visit website
More videos

Company profile

Company profile: TRIB3 International Ltd
First established in Sheffield in January 2016 TRIB3 is a bootcamp boutique studio designed to excite all the senses and a workout to challenge our TRIB3 members and guests.
View full profile >
More company profiles

Property & Tenders

Location: Bilborough, Nottingham
Company: Bilborough College
Location: Welwyn Garden City
Company: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Location: Newport, Shropshire
Company: Lilleshall Sports Academy
Location: Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Company: Carmarthenshire County Council
More properties & tenders

Diary dates

01-03 Feb 2022
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
07-10 Apr 2022
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
15-16 Jun 2022
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
More diary dates