ABOUT

Athlete Career Prep™ is dedicated to helping student-athletes make a smooth career transition through live training seminars and workshops. We work with athletic departments, basketball coaches, football coaches and other organizations that are committed to the growth and long-term success of their student-athletes.


HOW WE CAN HELP

Athlete Career Prep™ helps student-athletes find their ‘Best Position’ (off-the-field) using a series of exercises and assessments designed to bring each student’s greatest strengths, passions and skillsets to the surface.

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We offer three (3) live training seminars: Discover Your Strengths! (Strengths Assessment Testing), Find Your Dream Job! (Job Search Strategies) and Win the Interview Game! (Interview Skills Training).

Each training seminar can be conducted independently as a 90-minute workshop, or two seminars for a half-day program, or all three seminars for a full day event.

Each seminar has its own fill-in-the-blank workbook, giving students an opportunity to design a custom career guide tailored to their God-given talents and personal interests.

WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT

Athlete Career Prep™ takes students from the starting blocks to the finish line beginning with Gallup’s StrengthsFinder® assessment. Each athlete receives a personalized report that highlights their Top 5 Strengths.

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Gallup created the science of strengths. From more than 50 years of research, Gallup proves that people succeed when they focus on what they do best. There’s a reason top Fortune 500 companies recognize StrengthsFinder® as the premier talent assessment tool.

Discovering dominant traits is the starting point for building a successful career and is the basis for creating a highly-personalized career plan.

For athletes interested in discovering their Spiritual Gifts, we offer a bonus assessment at no additional fee. Ask for details.

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Athlete Career Prep™ guides students (via coaching) by five key principles:

Individualization
We will discover your unique qualities that set you apart and pinpoint opportunities that will be most productive for you as a professional.

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Strategic
We will establish and prioritize your goals, devise numerous ways of reaching them, then choose the best alternative.

Maximizer
With a heightened awareness of your talents we will transform your strong points and make them superb.

Focus
We will channel your mental and physical energies with clear direction, along with adaptability to make corrections for complete follow-through.

Competition
We will measure your progress against the performance of others in your chosen field using timelines, deadlines and other metrics to help you win.

CHARITIES WE SUPPORT

Athlete Career Prep™ supports several charitable causes including Genesis Women’s Shelter and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

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“Chris McKinney has been a long-time partner with the mission of Fellowship of Christian Athletes by not only donating to the very successful Tom Landry Open (benefiting FCA) but also when we are in need of marketing/promotional products as well.

Chris McKinney is a great partner that we appreciate greatly!”

– Rick Bowles, Multi-Area Director – North Texas FCA

THE BOOK

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THE GAME PLAN: How Student-Athletes
Can Land Their Dream Job in 7 Simple Steps

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“Chris’ book shows student-athletes how to leverage their training experiences and use it as a distinct advantage during the process of selling themselves to future employers.”
Mike Blair, Former TCU Basketball Player
Current President, OPA
"Chris McKinney breaks down the challenge of 'Landing Your Dream Job' into seven simple action items that take you from zero experience in your chosen field, to getting the job of your dreams.”
Lewis Howes, Former Student-Athlete & Professional Athlete
New York Times Bestselling Author, The School of Greatness
“As a former student-athlete and pro this plan certainly resonates with my personal journey! This is the ‘Ultimate Playbook’ with many plays to winning the ultimate championship for student-athletes.”
Angela Davidson-Weathers, Former College & Pro Basketball player Current CEO, AD Group
“This book is a gold mine for any athlete who is stuck, searching, or already on their journey toward living the life they truly desire.”
Geoff Pezon, 2010 NCAA Men's Soccer Division III Player of the Year Current owner of Soccer Shots, NYCC
“As a former student-athlete and currently an executive recruiter, I can tell you that Chris delivers a practical game plan that teaches you how to capitalize on what makes you successful into the business world."
Bradley Richardson, Former Student-Athlete, Varsity Tennis,
University of Oklahoma, Current CEO, OSP Advisory
“Chris McKinney did it again! The sometimes seemingly unreachable 'Dream Job' is within grasp after reading this. Chris goes beyond giving advice and lays out how to actually take action with just 7 steps.
Kyle Mauch, Former College & Pro Baseball player
Current Founder/CEO of Athletes Brand
“McKinney nails it. As an Executive Recruiter for 20 years and a former Student-Athlete, I know this book will point you in the direction of what to do. But as always, you DOING THE WORK is the key!
John McAfee, Former Baseball Player, Rice University
Current Business Owner
“Chris knocked the ball out of the park with his 7-step plan! The insight and detailed strategies will give anyone who works the plan a serious advantage over the competition!
Mike Fielder, Athletic Director, H-E-B School District
“Chris McKinney has provided a powerful playbook for the student athlete who is serious about finding their dream job.”
Rick Bowles, North Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes Multi-Area Director
"This is a well-thought out game-plan for life beyond the game - for the transition from the locker room to the board room.”
Dave Evans, Sports Emmy Award-Winning Broadcaster
Coordinating Producer, Fox Sports

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“Every athlete has to face the same question when they’re done: ‘Who am I?’ We’re talking about an identity crisis.” 

– Troy Vincent, NFL Vice President of Player Engagement

FORTUNE 500 CEOs

are former college and high school student-athletes (Source: Stromberg)

HIRING MANAGERS

believe student-athletes will do better professionally (Source: Ernst & Young)

STUDENT-ATHLETES

need a career plan and interview skills training (Source: True Facts)

STUDENT-ATHLETES

will go pro in something other than sports (Source: True Facts)

SERVICES

TRAINING

TRAINING

Athlete Transition Training™

COACHING

COACHING

Athlete Transition Coaching™

PLAYBOOK

PLAYBOOK

Athlete Transition Playbook™

SPEAKING

SPEAKING

Athlete Transition Talk™

LIVE TRAINING SEMINARS

We offer three powerful seminars presented live on your campus. Each seminar can be conducted independently as a 90-minute workshop, or two seminars for a half-day program, or all three (plus 2 Bonus Seminars) for a full day event.

Each seminar is engaging and highly-interactive and comes with its own workbook, giving students an opportunity to customize a career plan that’s tailored to their natural-born talents and personal interests. Details below…

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DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS

STRENGTHS ASSESSMENT TESTING

 

OBJECTIVE:
Discover Your Strengths!

CHALLENGE:
What’s Your Best Position?

SOLUTION:
You Will Learn:

How to Discover Your God-given Talents
How to Turn Your Talents Into Strengths
How to Identify Your Deepest Passions
How to Evaluate Your Strongest Skillsets
How to Link Your Strengths, Passions & Skillsets
How to Find Your Best Position Off-the-Field
How to Gain Career Clarity and Purpose 
* Workbook included

 

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FIND YOUR DREAM JOB

JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES

 

OBJECTIVE:
Find Your Dream Job!

CHALLENGE:
Who Will Pay You For It?

SOLUTION:
You Will Learn:

How to Uncover the Hidden Job Market
How to Leverage Social Media to Your Advantage
How to Gain Industry Experience From Scratch
How to Network Like a True Professional
How to Standout Above the Competition
How to Create a Winning Personal Brand
How to Tailor Your Resume to Your Chosen Field
How to Secure Multiple Job Interviews
How to Create a Job-Tracking System
* Workbook included

 

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WIN THE INTERVIEW GAME

INTERVIEW SKILLS TRAINING

 

OBJECTIVE:
Win the Interview Game!

CHALLENGE:
How Will You Land the Job?

SOLUTION:
You Will Learn:

The Most Important Thing Employers Look For
The Top 6 Reasons You Will Get Hired
How to Make a Positive Impression in 3 seconds
How to Use Body Language to Gain an Edge
How to Look the Part & Sound the Part
How to Answer the Top 10 Toughest Questions
How to Ask Smart Questions
How to Influence the Hiring Decisions
* Workbook included

Pricing

PROFESSIONAL

$5,000/item

90 Minute Seminar

  • 1 Trainer
  • 1 Seminar
  • (Choose from 3)
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  • Workbook

ELITE

$10,000/item

Half-Day Workshop

  • 2 Trainers
  • 2 Seminars
  • (Choose from 3)
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  • 2 Workbooks

ULTIMATE

$25,000/item

Full-Day Event

  • 5 Trainers
  • 5 Seminars
  • (Includes All Three)
  • Plus: 2 Bonus Seminars
  • Personal Identity
  • Business Etiquette
  • 5 Workbooks

MEET OUR TEAM

Chris McKinney

Chris McKinney

CHRIS McKINNEY

Founder & President

Chris McKinney is the president and founder of Athlete Career Prep™ and has been helping college students achieve their career goals since 1998.

Chris is also the author of The Game Plan: How Student-Athletes Can Land Thier Dream Job in 7 Simple Steps.

Chris brings over 20 years’ combined experience in the fields of sports marketing and career development. He has worked with NFL properties, NBC Sports, Southern Methodist University (SMU), Texas Christian University (TCU), the Dallas Mavericks (NBA) and the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), among others.

Today, Chris is dedicated to helping student-athletes discover their “Next Career” through his book, training seminars, and coaching.

 

Adriane Wilson

Adriane Wilson

ADRIANE WILSON

Guest Faculty

Adriane Wilson is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and founder of Strengths Zone, Inc. and coaches individuals, teams and managers. Her commitment to clients is to accelerate individual and group self-awareness of talent themes, and to guide them toward more dynamic performance, and above all, results.

Adriane  was one of 115 outstanding women leaders selected from across the state to participate in the longest-running women’s leadership development program in the U.S.

A former student-athlete, Ms. Wilson was National Long Jump Champion, Jesse Owens Games. She received a BA at the University of North Texas and also earned her Master’s from Stanford University.

 

Dr. Mark Robinson

Dr. Mark Robinson

DR. MARK ROBINSON, PhD

Guest Faculty

Dr. Mark Robinson is the Founder of Personal Player Development, LLC. He is a world leader in the area of Personal Player Development and is known for helping athletes maximize opportunities presented to them from sports participation.

Dr. Robinson played basketball for legendary coach Bob Knight at Indiana University. After receiving his Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Indiana University, he continued his career playing for teams located in Central America, the Pacific Rim, and throughout Europe.

Dr. Robinson received his Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Sports Counseling from the University of Manchester while playing basketball for the Manchester Giants in England.

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Office: (214) 999-1234

Cell: (214) 686-8822

Email: chris@chrismckinney.com

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