Young Athletes at the Crossroads: Career Adaptability in a Competitive Environment - Aku Nikander (Pt 1) - Meaningful Sport Series
Welcome to a new episode of the Meaningful Sport Podcast! In today's episode, we dive into the world of young athletes and explore how they navigate the challenges of building both their sporting careers and their education. Joining us for this conversation is Dr. Aku Nikander, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, whose research focuses on athletes' dual careers, career development, adaptability, and organisational culture. We'll be discussing topics such as career construction in sport and education, gender perspectives, and the role of environment in shaping young athletes' aspirations. As a researcher and a coach with extensive experience, Aku brings a unique perspective to the conversation.
Dr. Aku Nikander is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, with expertise on youth athlete development, dual careers, career construction, and organisational culture research in sport.
[00:03:21] 15 years experience coaching, focused on youth athletes. Achieving potential in sports and beyond is important.
[00:08:39] Young athletes often prioritize sports over education.
[00:12:02] Career adaptability: skills and competencies for developing a meaningful career.
[00:17:26] Adolescents' transitions affect career development, future concerns.
[00:19:12] Life in a sport school is hectic, no time for reflection. Sports too structured, limited autonomy.
[00:25:28] Young men often more confident, women face challenges.