PFA Scotland hosted its Annual Careers Day at Hampden Park on Wednesday 24th April 2012.
The Careers Day is aimed at providing an invaluable information service to players who are looking to plan their post playing career, and also offers current recruitment opportunities for those players whose contracts are due to expire in the months after the event.
Following the success of previous years the event followed a similar format with the day being segmented as:
-Information sessions for apprentices who still have contracts secured with their clubs
-Information sessions for apprentices who are coming to the end of their contract and are unlikely to have it renewed
-Information sessions for senior players looking for alternative future career options
First Apprentice Group
Session took the format of a panel discussion with a range of individuals with great experience within the game being represented.
Panelists in the morning session were Gus McPherson (former St Mirren and QOS manager), Michael Stewart (former Manchester United, Hearts and Hibs player), Robbie Neilson (former Hearts, Leicester and Dundee United) and Chris Millar (current St Johnstone midfielder).
In the afternoon, participants in the discussion were Ian Murray (former Hibs captain and current Dumbarton manager), Liam Craig (current St Johnstone player), Iain Russell (current Livingston player), Steven Craig (current Partick Thistle player) and Michelle Evans (Head of PR at Partick Thistle).
PFA Scotland’s Jack Ross and Stuart Lovell hosted the sessions where the younfg players in attendance heard opinions and views on the following four subject areas:
-Being a good professional
-Post football career
Second Apprentice Group
Presentations were made by the following:
-Stirling University on their football scholarship programme
-First Point USA on American scholarships
-Police Force on potential career paths
-Pegasus on Personal Training Courses
-Inspired CVs on bespoke CVs and recognition of transferable skills
-QA Apprenticeships on apprenticeship schemes across various industries
Furthermore the University West of Scotland (UWS) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) had information stands within the room and offered the opportunity for players to engage with them in an informal manner.
Senior professional players were esented with specific information sessions on the following:
-Inspired CVs (David Chalmers)
-FIFPro Online Academy (Alan Irwin)
-A Career within the Oil and Gas Industry (George Yule)
-Business Start-Up (Colin Rutherford)
-Coaching Pathways (Donald Park)
-Routes into Higher Education (James Adam UWS)
-A Career in the Police Force (Bob Davidson)
-FIFPro Degree Course
-Careers within the Financial Sector
-Coaching Opportunities and Coaching Pathways
-A Career in the Police Force
PFA Scotland would like to encourage all players to attend the day and should anyone require any more information on the event then please contact a member of the PFA Scotland team.