It’s not just about the field of play...

The global mobility effect of rugby - image source: Shutterstock, Inc. Credit/copyright: wavebreakmedia

The global mobility effect of rugby - image source: Shutterstock, Inc. Credit/copyright: wavebreakmedia

Mobility is a word that can be applied to the areas of business, careers, education, travel, finance, social development and global markets. Rugby on the other hand, is a singular entity relating to a game of speed, athleticism, power and agility which is built on an international platform - thus proving itself to being the quintessential sporting example of global mobility in action.

OriginalSteps.com spoke with two leading drivers of the sport: DHL and the Stellenbosch Rugby Academy,  about how the concept of mobility is shaping this global game.

The adventure seeker - becoming a snowboard, ski and surfing instructor - image courtesy of the Ticket to Ride GroupThe adventure seeker - becoming a snowboard, ski and surfing instructor - image courtesy of the Ticket to Ride Group

Surfing, snowboarding and skiing are very popular pastimes and their pull towards mainstream careers is a natural one. OriginalSteps.com spoke with the Ticket to Ride Group about the hard work and dedication needed to become an instructor in these fields.

What are the characteristics needed to become an instructor in either field?

Our top three characteristics are:

1. Passion for the sport.
2. A driven and determined attitude - to not only put in the training hours, but to pass the exams and make it in the industry.
3. The ability to communicate with different types of people on a daily basis and gauge the best way to teach them.

From failure to success: planning to counter failure!

From failure to success: planning to counter failure! Image Source: Stellenbosch Rugby Academy

There is no better example than sport of how to move forward after a hard knock. From poor exam results to bad career choices, challenges no matter how big or small will tend to surprise even the most prepared of individuals. Just as the South African Springboks lost to Japan in the 2015 World Cup, they still pulled themselves back as champion contenders in world rugby, an example for individuals who need to plan their future in case they do fail...

FirstStep.me spoke to Alie Brand of Stellenbosch Rugby Academy about how aspects of sport can be used to counter failure.

2015 Sports Wrap-up - Remembering Jules Bianchi - Copyright: David Acosta Allely Image Credit: David Acosta Allely / Shutterstock.com

2015 Sports Wrap-up - Remembering Jules Bianchi - Copyright: David Acosta Allely Image Credit: David Acosta Allely / Shutterstock.com

A FirstStep.me feature,

World football body Fifa shifted the focus from the on field antics of sport to the alleged backroom (or should that be boardroom?) shenanigans of professional sport. Football might find itself in a somewhat jaded position right now, but rugby provided the necessary bullish grunt to keep the game firmly position on the field.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup hosted by England was an epic tournament, arguably presenting the best Rugby World Cup from the minnows’ perspective. The New Zealand All Blacks became the first country to successfully defend their World Cup crown and also win the tournament for a record third time (1987, 2011 and 2015). But it was the brave Japanese team who won the hearts of rugby fans across the world when they defeated the South African Springboks in the first round. Don’t forget South Africa have won the Rugby World Cup twice, on home soil in 1995 and in France in 2007. Japan’s brave victory over the South Africans goes to show just what can be achieved through hard work, passion and sheer determination.

Rugby - Fitness and watch that tackle! Image credit and source - Copyright: ostill - Shutterstock, Inc

Rugby - Fitness and watch that tackle! Image credit and source - Copyright: ostill - Shutterstock, Inc

The Rugby World Cup is a great showcase of careers in the sports industry at the highest level.
 
FirstStep.me spoke to Alie Brand of Stellenbosch Rugby Academy about how individuals should prepare for a career within the industry and what to watch during the world cup!
 
How should individuals approach a game like rugby with long term career plans?
 
The explanation to this subject is very extensive. We suggest that you log onto the websites of the various rugby unions, like World RugbyIrish Rugby Union or Scottish Rugby which provides information on long term player development strategy.