Hockey Basics

Athlete Career Programme

Retirement from sport is inevitable.

As an athlete, you need to think of a career after elite competition. Transitioning into the next phase of your career needs thought, planning and action. The better prepared you are, the smoother your transition. This can range from topics related to employment and education but also other life skills.

The IOC Athlete Career Programme (ACP) helps athletes focus on these issues early on in their athletic careers so that they can ensure a full life of success beyond the field of play. As an athlete you…

  • Retire at a young age (average of between 25 and 30 years old) which means you have many professional years ahead
  • Have transferrable skills and traits
  • Have a different background from most people
  • Have experiences that the business world needs
  • Have access to a network of people who can significantly impact your career after sport
  • Are coachable and a quick learner

These and other traits make you an asset to any workplace. The IOC ACP focuses on the area of employment, education and life skills to give athletes like yourself the tools necessary to succeed. These three pillars are delivered differently based on the needs and resources that work best for every athlete. Consequently the resources related to the Education and Life Skills pillars are available in the Athletes’ Kit, an online resource you can learn more from.

For the employment pillar, the IOC works with its partner Adecco to deliver internships and employment opportunities to athletes across the world. For more information on the programme you can visit the IOC’s page directly here or e-mail

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