Dual careering goes beyond simply studying and competing. Many athletes carry this lifestyle on whilst they forge new careers away from sport. Here you will find what we think you need to know to set up for a successful dual career lifestyle.
We hear the phrase 'transferable skills' all the time - but what does it mean? Athletes often take for granted just how many transferable, or 'soft', skills they bring to the table. Here are a few to get you thinking...
'Performance lifestyle' - we've all heard the term, but what do performance lifestyle practitioners do? And how can they help me? Here are the basics of the performance lifestyle role and how every athlete has something to gain from their support.
2012 Olympian Gorgs Geikie takes us through her career transition. As an elite athlete, Gorgs developed the skills she needed to embark on a rewarding career after competition. It wasn't an easy ride, but we can learn a lot from her advice and insights.
Will dual-careering hurt my performance? Short answer - no! There are many physical, mental and performance-based advantages to a dual-career. Many employers, as well as educational institutions, support athletes through a dual-career. Preparing for life after sport shouldn't be a last minute effort and a dual-career will lay the foundation for a secure and fulfilling career outside of and after competition.
"It gives you confidence as well, if I'm ever lucky enough to find the job that I want whether in cricket or something I want to be good at it but also confident in it. That's how I've felt in sport, when I go into a game I'm confident because I put the work in."
"I've had great learning from it and I feel like it's improving me and my cricket as well and it's given me a passion and something away from the game which I actually love. Now when I go to a dinner I have something else to talk about besides my cricket."