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Higher Landing is leading the evolution of the outplacement and transition industry by offering our transformation clients a leading edge program with a multi-faceted team of professionals who will provide complete career transformation. 

We take the traditional transition process to a new level with a proprietary approach that aims to connect head with heart, and identify strengths, values, passions, and purpose.

THE GAME IS OVER -<br />YOUR CAREER IS NOT!

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THE GAME IS OVER -
YOUR CAREER IS NOT!

Jackie Rafter

A Proactive Approach to Life after
Professional Sports


Who are you? What do you identify with outside the world of sports? Transitioning into unfamiliar territory can create feelings of self-doubt, panic and an overwhelming amount of stress. For athletes, sports and high-level competition have been a major component of life and it’s extremely hard not to identify as a professional athlete. When thinking about transitioning into the “real world” there are all kinds of question marks. How do I find jobs? What occupations are best for me? How do I make connections? Do I need a resume? What goes on the resume? What career is best for me? The questions start to pile up and perhaps the biggest unknown is, “How and where do I get started?”

Enter Higher Landing. No matter the level of success, hockey players knowingly or unknowingly develop a very unique set of life skills that can’t be taught, but rather learned through experience. I’m not referring to the technical skills, but the intangibles that make ex-athletes viable candidates for any company. Skills like the ability to perform under pressure, adaptability, determination to achieve and experience working within a team concept. These are just a few of the many unique skills that ex-players develop over their careers. The coaching provided by Higher Landing highlights these attributes and demonstrates how to express and effectively communicate them to potential employers.   The programs offered and developed at Higher Landing are extremely effective, because they cater to any individual and have a proven track record. Not only will you gain the confidence knowing that you can effectively demonstrate your skills to future employers, but you will also discover which industries you will be happiest working in.

Another great aspect of the program is the feeling of community. Through various programs and networking events you will meet ex-hockey players that have been through the transition as well as those just starting out. The hockey world is a small tight knit community and combined with the successful network of Higher Landing you will make connections with people and potential employers that you could not make entering the transitional phase on your own. The end goal is to re-establish the athlete’s intangible skills, effectively package them together, create an attractive candidate and present them to potential employers. Athletes won’t be stuck “taking a job, just to take it,” but instead have several opportunities to excel in a new career path with the same passion and desire they experienced competing in sports. Higher Landing is an extremely versatile company that can provide service to athletes anywhere in the world. As well they will make connections and reach out to potential employers no matter the locations, which further improves your chances of landing higher.

Be proactive! Don’t waste time waiting for success to come to you, but instead make the decision to take control of your life in the future. Approach the transition process like you would a big game or competition. Preparing, putting in the work ahead of time and being strategic and intelligent when heading into a big event gives you the best chance for success. Taking the right steps now will make the complicated transitional phase a very positive and rewarding experience. Currently, there are athletes from various countries and professional leagues completing transitional programs at Higher Landing. I invested in the program and it yielded me several attractive opportunities, none of which would have been possible without the teaching and guidance provided at Higher Landing. Currently, I’m the Athlete Program Director at Higher Landing and I accepted the position, because through my work at the program I discovered my passion to challenge others to reach their full potential.

I guarantee there is a program suited for every athlete that wants to make a positive transition away from Sport. Doesn’t matter if you have already started your transition, are near the end of your athletic career or plan on competing for many years; you will never run the risk of being over prepared for the transition journey.

To take control of your future contact me via email:  mark@higherlanding.com

 

For more information regarding the different programs offered please visit our webpage at: www.higherlanding.com

READ OTHER BLOGS FROM OUR ATHLETES IN TRANSITION SERIES:
Athletes in Transition - Mark Matheson's Story
Athletes in Transition - Brad Moran's Story
Athletes in Transition - Justin McCrae's Story

EDITOR'S NOTE:  If you are, or someone you know is an athlete who competed at the world, Olympic or professional level, and has a transition story to tell, we want to hear it!  Please send us your story using the Contact Us page or email us at info@higherlanding.com