Namibia's four-time Olympic silver medalist Frank Fredericks shared his experiences on career planning with Namibian athletes on Monday.
Together with Adecco Group Senior Vice President for the IOC Athlete Career Programme, Patrick Glennon, he presented the career planning course in Windhoek.
"Balancing education and sport is key," was Fredericks message.
An interesting analysis he presented showed that after turning professional and training full time, his race results did not improve significantly from when he studied part time.
Namibia's sports legend further highlighted that of the close to 10 000 athletes participating in the Olympic Games with the dream to win a medal, not more than 304 athletes win a gold medal.
For many of the athletes who don't win a medal or don't make the qualification for the Olympics, this could mean the end of their sports career. Only with the right education will athletes then be able to build a future for themselves in the corporate world.
Glennon made the course participants aware of how many positive traits and experiences athletes have, which they can bring to the table in their job and presented ways of how athletes can effectively communicate these to their potential employers.
The course agenda included the preparation of a career game plan, tips about networking and the importance thereof as well as advice on the preparation of a CV and interviewing skills which will support athletes to achieve their dreams after sport.
A total of 65 athletes and coaches from various sports codes attended the course, including Namibian Olympians Gaby Ahrens, Dan Craven, Beata Naigambo, Helalia Johannes and Mujandjae Kasuto.
The Athlete Career Programme is a global initiative by the world governing body IOC. It is currently focusing on southern Africa and will also make stops in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lusaka and Gaborone to name but a few.