Chris Yandle serves as the Associate Athletic Director for Communications at the University of Miami, and also a runs a blog (which can be read here) aimed at people who currently work in, or aspire to work in college athletics.
Since college athletics is known as a business where (most) people start from the bottom before eventually working their way to the top, Yandle decided to offer some insight to interns out there. As Yandle points out, these are seven lessons that he had to learn the hard way.
Heeding these seven pieces of advice will save you a lot of trouble, and ensure a great experience as you start off in college athletics.
1. Every day is a job interview. I’m beginning to sound like a broken record on this one because I say it so often. You never know who’s watching your every move.
2. Stay in your lane. Don’t veer into “oncoming traffic” or other people’s areas of expertise.
3. Under promise and over deliver. Don’t set the expectations so high that you fail to reach it each time. Don’t promise the world when you know you can’t do it.
4.Don’t be above the job. Here’s what I mean: just because it’s not in your job description, or it’s “grunt” work doesn’t mean you get a free pass. Do it. I’ve done grunt work everyday for the last 13 years. If you want to work in athletics, then you’ll know that you have to do more things than are required of you.
5.Expect to screw up. No one is perfect. I’m a perfectionist..and I hate to make mistakes, but that is the only way we learn and get better.
6. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
7. Volunteer to learn E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.
As someone who has interned in college athletics myself, I can assure you that every single one of these hits the nail on the head. This is excellent advice for everyone volunteer assistants to grad assistants to actual interns and even assistant coaches.
See Yandle's full piece here, and bookmark it. You'll be glad that you did.