How can I prepare for my future?
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The average playing career of a professional basketball player lasts on average 4.5 years; it is therefore essential to start planning for your future at a very early stage.
Identify your interests and explore what you would like to do once your playing career ends. Knowing what you like to do will help you make the right choices for your future.
There are many different options for your further education; take the time you need to choose the option that best suits you and that will help you achieve your long term objectives.
The attributes that you developed during your playing career are a big asset for your future professional life, do not underestimate what your sport taught you, it is invaluable.
Education can be expensive, planning ahead is therefore useful and might be needed in order to make your objectives become reality.

Part-time education options while you still play

 

Already during your on-the-court career you can invest in your development through part-time education. Even if it can be a long term investment, do not be discouraged about the length of time it may take to reach your dream. Instead, keep in mind that making steady progress towards completing a degree is better than doing nothing at all.

Here are some options that you might consider:

  • University or College

Depending on where you live, you might have the opportunity to take part-time or night classes at a local university or college. These classes provide flexibility you may need considering the demands of a professional sporting career.

  • Online education / Distance education

Nowadays there is a great variety of educational options available online. Online education gives you greater accessibility and flexibility to work toward a degree during your busy Basketball career.

  • Computer programmes

Another option for those requiring a flexible education schedule is commercially available computer software. This option will not result in receiving a formally recognised degree but it can provide you with basic knowledge that you can use to further develop in certain career fields

  • Professional/self-help books

Similar to commercial computer software, professional/self-help books are another useful option. Books that cover certain trades or pre-professional programmes can shed light on the fundamental details of your area of interest.