28 November 2019

The Hungarian Olympic Committee (HOC) organised its third Athlete Career Programme (ACP) event, an initiative brought to life by Athlete 365 within the framework of the Career+ programme, in Budapest on 27 November.

The ACP interactive workshop, which was delivered in collaboration with world’s largest human resources provider Adecco Group, focused on the advantages for athletes of having a balance between sports and education and their proportional breakdown in different life stages (e.g. school age, preparing for an Olympic Games and after retirement).

“The most important thing in life is to have a goal that makes you wake up in the morning,” said the youngest participant, EYOF Gyor 2017 1,500 metres silver medallist Bence Apáti.

“The journey matters only as long as you are on that journey, no matter how you get there, as 3+3 and 2+4 equals 6, too. If you love what you do, love yourself and give back to others, you are on the right track,” continued the 2018 European Athletics U18 Champion.

Seoul 1988 Olympic Champion in pentathlon and successful coach Attila Mizsér gave his input in a series of sessions, including ‘Sport and Education’, ‘Who am I? – discover yourself!’, ‘Prepare for the competition that is LIFE’ and ‘Networking & Social Media’.

In particular, Mizsér explained how certain skills and knowledge acquired in professional sport are useful also in other spheres of life.

Participants also discussed the versatile profile of athletes, whose personality is shaped by sport and features important qualities such as consistency, persistence, understanding, tolerance, flexibility.

In the last session, athletes were told about new ways of communication, such as social media. In particular, he stressed the importance of consciously communicating Olympic and social values, as well as learning communication strategies, properly using the different platforms, building a personal brand.

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