When I made the decision to pursue a career in football coaching at 17 years of age, little did I know about the side effects that it would have on my career prospects and the struggle I would find in applying for non coaching jobs.
Two years, six coaching roles and three countries later I'm more than comfortable to apply for any youth coaching job and be confident of getting it. But recently I just had two non-coaching job applications turned down. And this forced me to take a more critical look at specializing so early on in my life. I'm grateful for everything that has happened in the last two years and all the wonderful coaching jobs I've had, but at the same time I regret not exploring a second career path. And to be a college student tight on cash does not help with having no real experience or expertise in any other field.
Perhaps it's time to get to the basic and keep trying to find that very first job that can open the door for me into another career path, just like how my first coaching job came out of nowhere and set me on my way of living my passion on a regular basis.
One thing I know for sure though is that I'm not going to stop coaching and I'm going to keep fighting to get that first non-coaching job that hopefully will open up more opportunities for me.
About the Author
Bao "Terry" Cao is currently a coach at Manchester United Foundation and the FA Development Centre for girls. Terry is licensed by both the FA and USSF. He shares his personal experience of being involved in youth soccer as both a coach and an outside viewer.