When we’re discussing if we would advise young people whether or not to get into the golf industry these days, an important consideration is that golf can be a very good launchpad into a second career.
I can’t imagine doing anything else, but there may come a point where somebody in the golf industry decides it’s time to change career paths.
Let’s say I really want to go try sales and marketing. I could probably go through my contact list and find four or five people from that field, phone them up and ask if they have time for lunch to discuss a change in career.
Who knows? There may even be a reasonable chance of finding a job by talking to those contacts.
Working in golf, you meet people and create a good following and sometimes, it’s easy to forget how lucky you are to have the type of portfolio and list of contacts you build through golf.
You’re building your personal brand right from the beginning and that could mean going a long way in the golf industry or changing course and going into another career.
You don’t really know what you have until you sit down and evaluate it.
As I say, I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than what I already do, but studies have shown that people are changing careers more often now than they did in the past.
People coming out of college are so diversified these days and the workplace has been unpredictable, so a change in careers isn’t out of the ordinary, but golf can be a solid foundation.
The running joke with people I travel with is how many people I know as I’m going through the airport. I saw someone I knew in Hawaii and the same thing can probably be said for many within the golf industry.
People don’t put a value on relationships and the ability to network, but if you stop and evaluate, it can be priceless as you plan for the next stage of your career.