Life After College Situation (Question)

Even though I’ll be graduating from college in a few weeks, I still have a question, along with some concerns about my specific situation that I’m currently dealing with at the moment:

Despite me working and volunteering with the football team and the athletic department throughout my college career (which connects with my major), I was told by my parents and a few professionals that my college major is usually competitive in nature. Even though I agree that college sport teams and professional sport leagues are hard to get into, depending on the situation, I still believe that I may have an equal opportunity, only if I put all of my focus towards my future career goals.

However, my main problem includes me not going above and beyond, along with not being ambitious/motivated enough when it comes to networking and reaching out to people within my field of study. I was also told that I should’ve had something lined up after I graduate, but due to Covid, along with having an easy-going/go with the flow personality (which is an excuse IMO), I haven’t used LinkedIn or Indeed as often until as of recently when I was told that I should start looking for “better paying” jobs or any opportunities that connect more towards my major since my graduation date is quickly approaching.

Furthermore, my future career revolves around working behind the scenes of college or professional sport teams. Stadium work, preparation/planning, and equipment management are my career interests.

I’m just wondering if I still have a good opportunity since I’m starting later than most graduates? As of today, I’m using LinkedIn and Indeed more often and I plan on contacting more people with similar college majors as me, so maybe I’m starting to turn a corner?

On an extra note, I was told by some of my friends that everyone is different when it comes to their own lives and that I should focus more on my own career path rather than comparing myself to others.

Start making contacts now as there is nothing that you can do about inaction in the past.

I have no background in sports management–nor any interest–but I was offered a position with an NFL team decades ago simply because I picked up the phone & initiated contact with the GM on a matter of interest to me.

Nothing will happen if you wait for life to give you an opportunity; you have to make your own opportunities.