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!