/ Asked by ian
Hi, I'm a college student and I'm majoring in business administration with an emphasis on accounting. I really want to get into baseball and work my way up to hopefully one day become a general manager for a pro baseball team. Can you recommend ways I might be able to break into that type of business?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Everybody who likes baseball wants to work for a baseball organization – but it’s not all Moneyball and these entry level positions are highly sought after because of the industry. Take a look at the Major League Baseball Careers page, then look at your local major and minor league team offices to see where they have openings. Also think about the organizations that work with baseball, contractors, vendors, etc to open more opportunities to get close to the industry. Then most importantly, define why they would want to hire you to work in their organization.
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Friday, December 5, 2014
First off-Congratulations on knowing what you want to do and what industry you are passionate about. Most people go their whole lives not being able to figure it out! Go after your dreams fiercely, because you have the ability to create your own path! I have some advice for you:
1) Internship, Internship, Internship! Your internship can really be the thing that breaks you into the baseball industry. Thoughtfully apply to every baseball internship that you can find! By thoughtfully applying, I mean, take your time, and customize every single resume, cover letter and correspondence to that internship. Before doing this seek out advice from professors and your career services. Do your research on LinkedIn and on the position. Make sure that you meet every requirement that they ask for.
2) Start customizing your classes. Take elective classes that lend themselves to that industry, such as sports psychology. Do projects that will force you to interview and make connections in the interview. A lot of contacts will be a lot more willing to talk to you if you are doing research or want to interview them on their work and experience. It takes the pressure off of them if you are simply doing a school project, and not asking for a job. Then they can be a contact for you in the future.
3) Take part time work that will expose you to the industry. It may not be glamorous, but it is necessary. Do work with your collegiate sports team or get a job at your local sport arena. This will get you exposure, experience and contacts.
4) Build your personal brand to represent what you want. Create a blog, an online portfolio, a twitter and a LinkedIn and make them all interact with each other. Make sure that what you post and your content makes you out to be a professional with something to contribute and not just a fan! This will be difficult, because it’s a competitive industry with a lot of fans. Have other professors, and career services advisors look it over.
I wish you all the best and I have a good feeling that you will do great!
-Nell
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I commend you for knowing exactly what you want to do and the industry you want to work in as a college student! The baseball industry is a very sought after industry. You definitely need to think outside of the box on the ways to get involved with the major league baseball organizations. My first suggestion is to look at the minor league baseball websites for internship and full-time opportunities. The minor league baseball organizations are a great way to get your foot in the door for a career in the major league baseball industry. I would also recommend looking into volunteering for organizations that work with MLB. They work with the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund just to name a few. Lastly, I would research accounting agencies that work with MLB. You can utilize your accounting background from school to potentially work with a baseball team. When managers are asking you what your ultimate goal is in your career you should tell them you want to work with a pro baseball team. You never know what connections they may have. Good luck!
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