What Becomes of Our Graduates?: New Employee Job Transition and Socialization in Sports Administration

in Sport Management Education Journal

Click name to view affiliation

John C. Barnes University of New Mexico

Search for other papers by John C. Barnes in
Current site
Google Scholar
Restricted access

It is important for sports administration programs to prepare students for career entry and transition into productive roles within their new jobs upon graduation. However, even the best academic curricula for those entering a profession may be inadequate for preparing students for early success in their careers. Not only do academic curricula lack the ability to train students for problem solving and independent thinking, they lack the ability to provide context, reducing transfer of knowledge to practice. The purpose of this article is to provide instructors in sports administration programs background information related to the transition graduates may face when entering the job market. The underlying assumption is that if instructors better understand the process of job entry and transition, they can better prepare students to embark on their careers. Included are discussions of professional preparation programs, the expectation gap held by new employees, job role transition, and organizational socialization.

John C. Barnes is with Sports Administration, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. Address author correspondence to him at jbarnes@unm.edu.

  • Collapse
  • Expand
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 1642 690 44
Full Text Views 13 6 4
PDF Downloads 14 4 4