A lot of people have been emailing asking how to get a job in the sports equipment design and research industry. This page will be dedicated to helping those interested to get into the industry by posting new jobs, talking through the process of getting contacts and links to sports job recruitment websites.

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So, you’ve decided to become a sports equipment designer, researcher or engineer. Well might I say that you are a lucky person because the job I have is easily the best in the world (for me) and I enjoy going into work everyday. The job is varied, exciting, challenging and rewarding. Hopefully, by reading on, getting contacts and applying to brands in the sports industry you will get lucky to.

Firstly, decide what you want to do by understanding your skills and experience. Designer? Engineer? Marketing? Researcher? Physiologist? All of the above? Begin to understand what it takes to succeed in each of the roles mentioned. Once you understand the difference then you are able to begin applying for jobs and tailoring your CV in the right direcction. It is not good enough now to simply say I want a job in the sports industry, you have to be specific. You have to get relevant experience in at least one of these fields by volunteering, developing your own ideas or getting in contact with someone in the industry.

Now, start to look at the relevant criteria needed to succeed in a job interview by going to the following sports recruitment websites:

For example, Nike posted a job as a sports innovation engineer. This is what they were looking for. Can you satisfy all their demands?

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related degree
  • 2 additional years experience in lieu of degree
  • Solid understanding of engineering concepts including statics, dynamics, statistics and material science
  • Experience with aerodynamics-related concepts and their application to real-world problem solving preferred
  • Proven experience managing overseas vendors is essential
  • Strong 3-D CAD capabilities, SolidWorks preferred
  • Experience with lab and field-testing of product concepts
  • Deep familiarity with the fundamentals of project management and documentation including scheduling and resource planning
  • Well-developed verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills including status reports, meeting facilitation and project presentations
  • Experience managing people or leading project teams is a plus
  • Exceptional problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Interest in domestic and international travel up to 10% of the time

If you think you can satisfy all the criteria above, now yo have to ask yourself what makes you different? A normal CV submitted doesn’t cut the mustard. You have to show innovation, intuition and creativity. Start to develop your portfolio of ideas in sketch form, 3D CAD and perhaps online. Next work on your network of people in the sports industry. We all know that the majority of jobs in the sports industry are given to friends, associates and new contacts. Are you on LinkedIn? If not, sign up and introduce yourself. Join groups and discussions, begin to feed into the active sports network around you.

If you do these things you will begin to understand what is necessary to get a job in this already full but very exciting industry.

Later articles will look into detail of each of the roles and reponsibilities of the other jobs mentioned.

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