7 Ways Your College Sports Background Will Translate into Career Success

Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) will be the first to tell you that college athletes make some of the best employees! Here are seven reasons why a college sports background is a valuable asset in the eyes of many employers.

1. You know how to handle criticism.

Whether it’s on the hardwood or in the locker room during halftime, you’ve been conditioned to take harsh, negative feedback and channel it into motivation. When your boss gives you pointers, much like your coach, you keep a student mentality and understand that he or she has your best interest at heart.

2. You manage time well.

Morning training from 6:30am to 8am. Class from 9am to 1pm. Help Desk from 2pm to 3pm. Practice from 4pm to 7pm. You’ve juggled academics, sports, and extracurriculars basically your whole life. The real world won’t be a problem for you!

3. You’re an opportunist!

Whether it’s a chance to take that game-winning shot, to fill in for a starting player, or attend an optional preseason practice, you know that every opportunity is a chance to prove yourself — and improve yourself. You take this belief to heart and into your career.

4. You have a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset.

You’ve accepted that you’re not a 6’8 mega-athlete. However, because of those days of endless training resulting in impossible athletic improvements, you’ve developed a growth mindset. You know that anything can be done as long as you put in the work. So in the future when your co- workers are squirming in their seats about an impossible task, you’ll already be halfway done.

5. You’re a team player!

You know that communication is key. You’re constantly discussing how to overcome tough situations. You know how to work with teammates even if you don’t fancy them. You also know how to adjust, whether it’s being more of a role player or becoming the vocal leader. These intangible skills stick with you for the rest of life, and they’re especially helpful in the workplace.

6. You’ve dealt with failure repeatedly.

You’ve missed crucial shots and lost rivalry games. The feeling of failure is excruciating, but over the years you’ve learned how to rebound. You see failure as a chance to grow from your mistakes. Failure will continue to appear throughout your career, but you’ll know how to handle it no matter the circumstances.

7. LEADERSHIP.

There are many employees who have the opportunity to lead but don’t have what it takes. Not you. Your leadership skills on the field are tried and true, and ready to be applied. In fact, many office leaders were college athletes just like you!

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Diehard Yankees Fan, Frank DeLeo, Hates This One Player The Most

Frank DeLeo, team member of Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) is much like many of his colleagues when it comes to his intensely competitive nature. With so many members of the team coming from sports backgrounds, smack talking seems to be a normal and wonderful part of most days here in Jersey.

When you’re a lifelong baseball fan like Frank is, you’ve got some pretty strong opinions about the best and worst teams and players… and so of course, we wanted to know his thoughts just in time for the 2017 season to kickoff.

Feel free to comment below to share whether you agree or disagree with his assessments. Here we go! …

Who is your all-time favorite championship team in any sport? 

Favorite Championship team is my home team the 2009 New York Yankees. The three-man rotation of Cc Sabathia, Aj Burnett, and Andy Pettitte were unstoppable and Hideki Matsui went on an absolute tear.

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What’s one NFL team you would get rid of right now? 

The Jets, because I love them and I can’t bear to watch them lose like this anymore.
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What’s one player you cannot stand in any sport?

Jose Bautista because he kills the Yankees and he’s way too cocky about it.
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Do you have a favorite player? 

Favorite of all time is Derek Jeter because with all the spotlight on him he was always able to maintain a great attitude and hit in the most clutch situations.

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Right now my favorite is Greg Bird. I love his attitude and I think he is poised for big things in the future.
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What’s your favorite sports memory of all time?

I was able to witness the night at the garden when Melo scored 62 points.

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What is one sports venue you want to visit before you die?

Wrigley Field
MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs
Well, what do you think? Did Frank nail it? Is he right to want to get rid of his beloved Jets? Are you a Jeter fan — is he all he’s cracked up to be? Atlantic Solutions wants to hear your feedback!!
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2 Unforgettable Lessons from Super Bowl 51

Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) shares their business takeaways from the Super Bowl.

cgdfumsxfemq8If you’re like us, you spent Sunday, February 5th with friends and family indulging in tailgate food in front of a big screen. The typical Super Bowl Sunday! And what a game. Regardless of the team you were cheering for, we can probably all agree that it was a doozie. Did you know that there were actually 24 records broken? In addition to the great commercials, show-stopping half time performance and an incredible finish to the game, there were also some lessons to be learned!

Mistakes aren’t fatal – In the first part of the game, the Patriots made numerous errors, which the Falcons quickly capitalized on. Their kicker even missed a much-needed extra point. We all know how the game ended, just to prove, yet again, mistakes aren’t the end of the road. You will make mistakes in business but at Atlantic Solutions we teach our employees to learn from them and bounce back even better than ever.

Success isn’t final – The Falcons came out to an early lead and up until the fourth quarter were up by 19 points! No team had ever come back from that large of a deficit to win the Super Bowl. But it happened. It’s just a reminder that no matter what, you have to keep pushing forward. When you feel like you are at your best, push harder because once you’re at the top, there’s only one way to fall.

More than 111 million people tuned into Super Bowl LI, do you think they all took away the same lessons as we did? Doubtful. Something that sets us apart here at Atlantic Solutions is that we teach an entrepreneurial mentality to our employees which will give them an edge up in their careers. Something that may seem as trivial as a football game can bring about tons of lessons in resilience, leadership, passion, preparation and more. Not everyone will pick up on them but you can count on the fact that our team will!

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He Loves His Soccer Team! Do Any of Hassan’s Answers Surprise You?

 

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Hassan Wehbeh

The competitive spirit is alive and well at Atlantic Solutions in South Plainfield, NJ. With so many sports fans and former athletes on the team, it’s no wonder that a little smack talking comes so naturally to us. We asked one of the key trainers on the team, Hassan Wehbeh, a few questions about his love for sports. He shared with us that he does not follow football, but he loves him some soccer! In fact, he told us that if he could visit any sports venue across the globe, he would choose El Clasico.

 

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Camp Nou in Barcelona opened in 1957 and has over 99,000 seats

real-madrid-altimgHassan shared with us, “Real Madrid is my favorite soccer team. It’s a Spanish club that brings together all the best players in the world. They give their fans the show that we expect!”

i1ukbbxrv5keyHis favorite player? Given his favorite team, perhaps we should not be surprised that he loves Cristiano Ronaldo. Hassan explained “He’s a symbol of hard work. This player has proven that talent cannot beat hard work on or off the field.”

Hassan’s favorite sports memory is the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final in Moscow, Russia, which was contested by Manchester United and Chelsea. Manchester United won the match 6–5 on penalties.

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