Why Do Student-Athletes Make the Best Employees?

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This is a story about a former college football player who uses his skills that he learned while playing football to help him climb the corporate ladder.  He says one of the most important traits you can have in business is understanding what it means to compete.  “Understanding what it means to compete is one of the most important traits you can have in business,” says Oakes. “Every day someone is trying to take a share of your business, and you have to work awfully hard to keep it.”  Some traits that make student-athletes great employees include: time management, discipline, the ability to multitask, teamwork, optimism and perseverance. “Perseverance in life is a critical skill that we don’t always teach as parents or in schools,” says Oakes. “In athletics you can’t help but learn it.”  These skills that we develop as athletes set us apart from so many other people.  We learn things through athletics that you cannot teach, you have to experience.

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