Former basketball player 

Bettina Müller 

How did you hear about the Ath­le­tes Network?

My bro­ther came across the Ath­le­tes Net­work online and sent me the link. I took a look and was so exci­ted by the con­cept that I signed up to beco­me a mem­ber the­re and then.

You found your job through the Ath­le­tes Net­work. How were you gui­ded through that pro­cess? Were you able to ask someo­ne for help if you came across anything you weren’t sure about while you were preparing?

I spot­ted an inte­re­sting posi­ti­on at Sun­ri­se UPC on the Ath­le­tes Net­work web­site. That promp­ted me to send my app­li­ca­ti­on docu­ments over to Dave. From that point until I signed my con­tract of employ­ment, Dave was by my side every step of the way. 

Dave offe­red to coach me befo­re my first inter­view, which was extre­me­ly hel­pful. I picked up some fan­ta­stic tips from him! For examp­le, Dave show­ed me the athlete’s mind­set dia­gram and asked me to think about which aspects of it app­lied to me. When I was pre­pa­ring for my inter­view, I noti­ced that the strengths I had deve­lo­ped during my sporting care­er matched the requi­re­ments of the job per­fect­ly, and I mana­ged to high­light that in the interview.

How did you tack­le the chal­len­ge? How much did the athlete’s mind­set help you?

We were in touch throughout the rest of the pro­cess, and just kno­wing that I could ask for help whenever I nee­ded it real­ly boo­sted my con­fi­dence. Dave real­ly knows his stuff and he’s as posi­ti­ve and moti­vat­ing as you would expect an ath­le­te to be. He was also genui­nely hap­py when I got the job, and I’m super gra­te­ful for all his help.

During the app­li­ca­ti­on pro­cess, I found out ever­ything I could about the posi­ti­on and the com­pa­ny. By spea­king to the rele­vant peop­le, I came to rea­li­se that I real­ly did want the job. I was given a case stu­dy to pre­pa­re and pre­sent. While I was pre­pa­ring, I rea­li­sed just how far I’d come thanks to the Ath­le­tes Net­work. It daw­ned on me at that point that it was up to me to show just what I could do, and sei­ze the oppor­tu­ni­ty with both hands. The athlete’s mind­set hel­ped me the­re, becau­se I’m fami­li­ar with that kind of situa­ti­on from the sporting world. During big games, the­re would be moments when I’d have to take respon­si­bi­li­ty, kno­wing that the final result was down to me and how I per­for­med. In tho­se situa­tions, all that mat­te­red was what I did in that moment. At that moment in time, the past and the future meant not­hing. The fact that I’d expe­ri­en­ced that in sport hel­ped me deli­ver my presentation.

You’re fami­li­ar with many of the Ath­le­tes Network’s touch­points now. Why would you recom­mend the Ath­le­tes Net­work to other athletes?

I would recom­mend the Ath­le­tes Net­work to ath­le­tes loo­king for sup­port as they take the next pro­fes­sio­nal step after a care­er in sport. That sup­port could come in the form of advice ses­si­ons, during the Ath­le­tes Day, or in con­ver­sa­ti­ons with other ath­le­tes who have alrea­dy made the move. I would also recom­mend it to for­mer ath­le­tes who might be able to share their own expe­ri­en­ces to help others. After all, we are always stron­ger tog­e­ther. As more ath­le­tes get invol­ved, the Ath­le­tes Net­work will be able to have an even grea­ter impact going forward.