Who is here to help advance my career?
Key Learnings
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Take the decision to work with an agent very seriously because you are deciding to let someone act on your behalf.
Ensure your agent has certification from FIBA to work within International basketball as an agent.
Use different representatives (agent, financial advisor, and lawyer) for different parts of your personal and professional affairs.
Remember that the reputation you build at the early stages of your career will impact how marketable you are when you are playing at higher levels.
Build good relationships with your sponsors to increase the chances of renewing your contract.
A mentor looks after the player’s best interests and personal development only.
Family plays a paramount role in the development of a player; however, they do not understand the specificities of the game, and, most of the time, they will not understand what is happening in your head.
Parents are primarily responsible for the overall evolution of the athlete as a person.

What can a mentor do?

The mentor can:

  • Provide lifestyle support and advice
  • Provide non-judgemental, holistic, and impartial supporting health and well-being
  • Be a professional "friend" – a listening ear, a sensibly challenging question based on trust and integrity
  • Consider the whole person and their life after sport
  • Help you planning and identifying transitions
  • Develop your career: increasing self-awareness, exploring career interests and preferences, CV building, interview practice
  • Guide you through educational options in your country
  • Give you tips on different topics: time management, balancing your social life and basketball career, dealing with the media, etc.