Going pro in your sport isn’t totally within your control. Going pro in life is your game to win or lose.

Fewer than 2 percent of NCAA student-athletes go on to play professionally. But the college sports experience still has strong benefits for those who go on to become business professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, and educators. Going Pro in Life is a playbook on how to leverage the unique status, skills, and networking opportunities available only to college student-athletes to achieve success after college.

While student-athletes are the main audience for the book, those who support them will find valuable information to help young adults find their way in the world. Coaches, athletic directors, guidance counselors, teachers, professors, employers, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, and friends are all part of the network that helps students grow and realize their full potential.

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Why is this book important?

From the Foreword by Coach Mack Brown

“Most athletes’ lives have been regulated since high school, and when they get to college, it’s regulated more. What they eat, when they eat, when they sleep, and where and when they have to be at practice and class are things they never had to think about. After college, they are now thrust into a world without regulation, and it’s up to them to figure it out and make something of it. I recommend this book as the first step in navigating this unknown journey in which they now find themselves.”

Mack Brown
Head Football Coach, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
College Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2018

Career Launch Formula

Meet with a broad range of professionals and ask them the basic discovery questions.

Perform internships and have “days in the field” to determine your professional passion.

Have deeper discovery meetings and seek more internships in your chosen field.

Follow up with every professional you meet to keep top-of-mind awareness.

Use the relationships you’ve built to launch your dream career.

About Andy

Andy Dinkin is a commercial real estate broker and entrepreneur. He was a football scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill playing under Coach Mack Brown. His athletic experience shaped the principles by which he lives: honesty, teamwork, and having a positive attitude. Andy is a member of the Rotary Club of Charlotte, the Metrolina Business Council, and the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors. He serves on the board of the Charlotte Torah Center and previously served on the board of Girls on the Run International. In his free time, he enjoys attending Bruce Springsteen concerts, taking road trips to Chapel Hill, losing his fantasy football league, playing with his kids, and completing his wife’s honey‑do list.

Live Sessions

Invite Andy to visit your athletic department.

Andy is passionate about sharing his hard-earned knowledge with student-athletes to help them go pro in life. We’ve all heard the adage “it’s not what you know but who you know,” but as Andy tells young people, it’s really about depth in your relationships. He brings the lessons from Going Pro in Life to your athletic department to teach student-athletes how to build networks, build a personal brand, and translate the skills learned through playing college athletics into a rewarding career. Contact Andy with the form below to learn more. 

Highlights from Andy’s Live Session
with the UNC Chapel Hill football team

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