Strategist on the Soccer Field – Team Player at work
As a midfielder, Kevin steers the game of Viktoria Aschaffenburg – a regional soccer club in one of Germany’s top leagues. As a sales assistant for the PASS Consulting Group, he is able to combine competitive sports with his career planning and is a real team player.
Why was it important to you to build up a second professional career in addition to your sports career?
Since a sports career unfortunately only has a relatively short span, sooner or later we all have to ask ourselves “What next?”. When you’ve spent years of your life living and breathing competitive sports, this comes as a huge challenge and an enormous change. That’s why I’ve spent the last few years constantly doing further training, so that I’m prepared for the day when my bones no longer want to play ball. In conjunction with Viktoria Aschaffenburg, PASS has given me the opportunity to get a big step closer to my goal of a smooth transition to a new career.
What’s the biggest challenge for you about an office job?
Sitting still – that’s definitely something you need to get used to.
What’s a typical workday like for you?
I’m usually at work by around 9 a.m. and kick off the day discussing and analyzing the latest sports results with my colleagues – even my own team’s performances don’t escape the critical eye of my colleagues… I then get down to work, researching, planning, and providing the various things our team needs in the short or long term. Occasionally there’s a meeting or two for the BDM team to discuss things and for tasks to be delegated. Depending on how I’m getting on, I leave the office between 3 and 4 p.m. and have about an hour’s break, during which I relax and sometimes have a little snooze. I then go off to training and usually finish for the day at around 8 in the evening.
At first glance, your two jobs seem very different, but are there also things that you can take with you from the soccer field to your work at PASS?
Yes, definitely. Teamwork and strategies where each player puts their specific skills to use for the benefit of the entire team and the team functions like clockwork – these are a good basis for success on the field. It’s exactly the same at PASS: A clear strategy and constant communication between everyone involved in a given project are also a sound basis for the success of the project.
And vice versa?
At PASS, a great deal of value is placed on a positive working environment and everyone having the opportunity to shine by taking the initiative and being creative. It’s a similar story at soccer. Here, even the smallest thing can make the difference between winning or losing a game, including simply having respect for one another and working constructively together. You can have the best possible game plan, but ultimately every team is composed of creative individuals who often act intuitively.
How different are your specific team roles?
My role in my two teams is fundamentally different. At soccer, due to my age and experience I have a great deal of responsibility both on and off the field. Here, I in particular try to help the younger, less experienced players with their training. At PASS, on the other hand, it’s me who’s the “new player”: I’m still very much at the start of my “normal” working life and am trying to get to grips with everything, learning new things every day.
What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I like to take it easy and go out for a gentle bike ride around and about, or spend time on other things that I don’t have much time for in my everyday life. I’m also president of our self-founded darts club and try to keep matches going. When it’s the weather for it, you’ll also sometimes find me on one of the country’s soccer golf courses.