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Create a career pathway

Exploring opportunities outside football can be overwhelming for many players, but we can help you figure out your goals and get started. Our experienced team can offer you support in creating your own career pathway, with guidance about qualifications, personal development, networking and practical tips.


Talk to our team to shape your new career path.

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Planning and Advice


How to Write a CV

Your CV should clearly highlight your skills, achievements and experience, and you should adapt it for each application to show your suitability for the role.

You can download our CV templates, but every basic CV should include:

  • contact details
  • a personal statement
  • achievements and skills
  • education
  • work experience
  • hobbies and interests
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Identifying careers

Identifying Careers

You'll spend a significant amount of time at work. In order to enjoy your job, stay motivated and fulfil your potential, you should start looking into sectors you’re passionate about.

There are a few simple steps to help you identify a potential new career:

  • evaluate your current skills and interests.
  • research the jobs market in your chosen sector.
  • work out which roles suit your needs.

Once you have decided what role you want to pursue, we can help you get the qualifications you might need to secure it.

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LinkedIn is a great platform for networking and job searching, and can help you easily connect with the companies you’d like to work with.

Using LinkedIn correctly is an effective way to build a supportive, professional network. It can highlight career opportunities and recommend you for roles that you might not otherwise have come across. Creating a profile also shows your availability to thousands of recruiters within your professional network, increasing your chances of securing your dream job.

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Personal development

Personal Development (free online courses)

Short courses are a great way to discover new passions and can help reignite your love for learning if you haven’t studied for a long time.

There are thousands of short courses you can take, both on and offline. Here are some fantastic free resources we recommend:

  • Google Digital Garage is great for learning new business skills
  • Learning Curve offers free online taster courses for PFA members
  • Property Hub is a useful resource for players with property goals
  • Online Academies can help you learn new skills from your own home
  • InsideSherpa is a great virtual work-experience programme
  • Duolingo can help you pick up a new language easily
  • Future Learn offer courses across a wide range of subjects
  • OpenLearn offer a selection of free courses from the Open University
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Work Experience

Work Experience

Internships, work placements and volunteering are great ways to gain the necessary experience to impress potential future employers.

Our team can offer you unique work-experience opportunities with companies throughout our extensive network. If you know what roles you’re looking for, it could also be worthwhile looking at:

  • companies advertising within your current or previous club stadium
  • club sponsors
  • directors at your club or sports agency
  • club corporate partners
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Most jobs are never advertised, so building a professional network can be invaluable when you start looking for new opportunities.

Your personal network is the best place to start, and an introduction from a mutual contact is a great way to connect with a future employer. You can speak to people in your network, add them on LinkedIn and ask them for advice and recommendations. You should consider building your network with:

  • friends and family
  • sponsors at your current and former clubs
  • previous teammates and colleagues
  • your agents and business partners
  • your financial advisors and accountants
  • the PFA and our partners
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Do I have time to study?

There are a range of distance-learning and online courses you can try, so you don’t necessarily have to make time to attend an academic institution. However, many of the   courses we recommend are designed especially for professional sportspeople and take your playing commitments into account.

Do other players ask for career advice?

We help hundreds of current and former professionals with their education plans every year, and most are surprised at how much we can offer.