Get Your Diploma While Playing Professional Sport | Marie-Eve Paget
MARSAN (France) – I would like to share with you something that is both very interesting and underestimated regarding the development of young players: combining sport and education.
I got a master’s degree in teaching and can attest that it is possible to have a career in sport and get a university education at the same time.
Here are a few options you might want to consider:
- University or College
Depending on where you live, you may have the option of taking part-time or evening classes at a local university or college. These provide the flexibility you might need given the demands of a professional sports career.
- Online education / Distance education
Nowadays, there is a wide variety of educational options available online. Online education gives you greater accessibility and flexibility to earn a degree during your busy basketball career.
- Computer software
Another option for those who need a flexible teaching schedule is commercially available computer software. This option will not result in an officially recognized degree, but it can provide basic knowledge that you can use to further develop yourself in certain career areas.
- Professional self-help books
Similar to commercial software, professional self-help books cover certain trades or pre-professional programs that can shed light on the basic details of your area of ââinterest.
For me, the important skills required to combine basketball and education are: organization, willpower, tolerance, perseverance, stubbornness and determination.
If you are thinking of getting a degree, I encourage you to go all the way to graduation even if you play basketball for a number of reasons.
It will bring balance to your life and force you to meet new people from different backgrounds and challenge your mind. On top of that, you’ll have a lot to be proud of, and it’s a great way to prepare for life after playing. You will avoid worrying about it during your career.
But you should know that there are demands and it is a tiring way of life, in which you will have to sacrifice additional practices or spend less time with friends, among other things.
Here are a few tips.
Be motivated by your project. Study something you really enjoy, even if some classes are difficult to combine with professional sports due to class schedules or internships. But I am convinced that more and more courses will offer flexible schedules to student-athletes.
The other piece of advice I can give is that it is important to maintain good communication with your club because if they are aware of your situation, they will understand you and support you and your project. If the club is on your side, they will support you as you negotiate your flexible training terms.
Last but not least, it is very important not only to speak English, but to do it well. This will always come in handy, whether it’s basketball when communicating with strangers, or your post-basketball career when any job would benefit. So be studious and persevere while learning English during your other studies as it will benefit you in the long run.
A playmaker who won the 2014 FIBA ââU20 European Championship with France, Paget is now 25 years old and competes professionally with one of the best flying teams in the country, Basket Landes. She has a great shooting touch and always plays on locked defense. Paget also played for Cavigal Nice Basket, Angers and Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes. Paget won two 3×3 European Cup titles and two 3×3 World Cup bronze medals with France. She is No. 6 in the FIBA ââWomen’s 3×3 Individual Ranking and hopes to play in the discipline at the Tokyo Olympics next year.