Media Release: Life After Sport - The Importance of Career Development

20th Apr 17

The Career Development Association of Australia is highlighting the need for athletes to access qualified career development support following a two-part SBS Insight program.

Titled ‘Game Over’, the program explored mental health issues that athletes face when retiring, with former Australia basketballer Lauren Jackson saying she felt “put out to pasture”.

Several sporting organisations outlined the wellbeing programs they offer to athletes, discussing the importance of combining study and sport and having a plan B.

However, another critical form of support for elite athletes is guidance from professional career development practitioners.

“Our members help clients manage their careers, make occupational and study decisions and plan career transitions, including retirement,” CDAA spokesperson Dr Ann Villiers said.

“Often working in tandem with other professionals, such as psychologists, they can ensure athletes manage their careers from the start, avoiding the issues athletes faced on the program.”

Some sporting organisations already employ professional career practitioners, including the National Rugby League (NRL) who won the CDAA’s 2014 Employer of the Year award.

Retired Paralympian Marayke Jonkers will be speaking at the 2017 CDAA National Conference in Brisbane next month, discussing her own personal journey.

Members of the public can access a list of career professionals by visiting the Find a Practitioner page on the CDAA website.