Top tips for your Transition

Guys who have transitioned from NRL previously have shared their top tips to assist with yours:

1. Keep training

Grab a mate and join a gym or a team sport. Exercise, teamwork and mateship have been a central part of your life and guys who have a way to keep enjoying these things have said it helped with their transition. The same energy and competitiveness that made you successful in Rugby League stays with you in transition, so it’s important to find other avenues to express those qualities. Some ideas they have shared include:

  • Taking up touch footy
  • Playing local league
  • Joining a triathlon team
  • Training with a mate

2. Stay connected

With your teammates, Club and people in the game. They have been like family, and this doesn’t end in transition. Hearing from you will be welcome; so don’t be shy about reaching out and staying in touch. Here are just a few opportunities to stay connected:

  • Transition program functions and get togethers – watch out for invites from Andrew Ryan
  • Your Club “Old Boys” functions
  • Men of League events, such as golf days and dinners: grab a group of mates and head along
  • Club Welfare and Career staff – they are keen to stay in touch with you, and wouldwelcome a coffee catch up or even a helping hand with welfare and career workshops if you’re keen to be involved
  • Connect with Andrew Ryan – anytime: your call or text is always welcome:+61 402 063 938

3. Create a new routine

This is a great strategy to ensure you wake up each day with a clear sense of purpose and certainty: so you know what you are going to do and when. It’s when people fall out of routine that they can experience a sense of aimlessness and that they’re not achieving anything with their day. Top tips from guys in the past have been:

  • Buy yourself a diary
  • Plan out your days in your diary, including scheduling the incidental stuff like walking the dog, taking the kids to school, having lunch with a mate and taking your partner on a date night.
  • If you’re not yet working full time and are job searching, keeping a routine is even more important. Experience has shown that spending more than 4 hours a day job searching is counterproductive. Once you’ve done your 4 hours maximum, then turn the computer off and get out and do something different, something that will boost your energy and your mood, because being in a good frame of mind means you come across more confidently when talking to potential employers and at interview.

4. Embrace the next challenge

While it can feel scary to step into something completely new and unknown, it can also be exciting to face new challenges and to be open for new opportunities to come your way. A great question to ask yourself is:

“What am I free to aim to achieve now that I am not tied to the Rugby League schedule?”

5. Back your strengths

You have an advantage over most people in career transition because you know how to stretch yourself and conquer new challenges; you’ve been doing it the whole time you’ve played rugby league. To navigate the career transition process you can trust in the strengths you already possess, including:

  • Competitiveness
  • People skills
  • Ability to back yourself
  • Teamwork
  • Discipline
  • Determination
  • Communication

6. Set new goals

You’ve done nothing but set and work towards goals throughout your time in Rugby League. Keep up this habit by setting new goals: both short and long term. This strategy alone will help with transition success and your wellbeing. The goals don’t have to be huge, but they need to be important and meaningful to you, as well as achievable.

7. Put your hand up

Make the most of all the support services available to you that have been outlined in this booklet, it’s not a sign of weakness to maximise every opportunity for help.

Find out more

Andrew Ryan, NRL Transition Manager
+61 402 063 938
aryan@nrl.com.au