Not Going Pro? Jopwell Can Still Help You Get A Job In Sports

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The Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, the National Basketball Association, and the United States Tennis Association are officially recruiting on Jopwell.

Sports have always played a big role in my life. Some of my most formative childhood memories are on basketball courts, baseball diamonds, and football fields.

I was fortunate to get to extend my career as an athlete through college, playing on the men’s varsity basketball team during my four years at Yale. The lessons I learned through playing basketball – discipline, teamwork, and determination – are ones I’ve carried with me from school to my first job as a financial analyst to my role now, as the cofounder and CEO of Jopwell.

Porter playing bball

I will also admit that while I appreciated the lessons and experiences that came with being a Division I athlete and loved the competition and energy, I had no illusions that I would go on to play professionally after college. So, when it came time to start thinking about my career after graduation, I applied for a summer internship through a diversity recruitment program and landed an internship on Wall Street. At the time, I didn’t give much thought to what career opportunities might exist at the intersection of sports and business. Outside of watching athletes, pro coaches, and ESPN correspondents on television, I had very little visibility or context around what it would look like to work for a professional sports team or league. It didn’t occur to me that every team I was so interested in following had a workforce behind it, with roles in business, operations, sales, marketing, human resources, and engineering, to name a few.

I don’t want others to feel similarly in the dark or unclear of the possibilities as they embark on their careers, which is why I’m particularly excited to announce that Jopwell is kicking off several exciting new partnerships with leading sports employers, including the National Basketball Association (NBA) corporate office, 14 NBA league teams, and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Now anyone with a Jopwell profile can start exploring – and applying for – opportunities at these organizations and many others on Jopwell.com. This expansion builds on our existing partnership in the sports industry with the San Francisco 49ers, and while we will continue adding even more companies and roles to Jopwell, I’m especially excited about the breadth of jobs these newest partners bring to the platform. The NBA alone is introducing our community to opportunities in cities across the United States including:

  • Boston Celtics
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • New York Knicks
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • Sacramento Kings
  • Washington Wizards

Working with the NBA is a childhood dream come true for me, but I also recognize that not everyone has that same aspiration. Whether you want to be an athlete, an engineer, an entrepreneur, or none of the above, exposure to a range of career pathways is core to Jopwell’s mission. Because if you don’t understand the breadth of what is out there, how can you determine what’s right for you?

By introducing jobs and internships in areas like sales, marketing, operations and HR, to name a few, Jopwell is increasing the pipeline of diverse talent for leading sports employers and simultaneously providing our community visibility and access to opportunities in sports – something I did not have when I started my career. We seek out partnerships with employers like the NBA and USTA to help our community unlock opportunities across every industry, and that’s truly a dream come true.

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