August 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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www.spor 21 August 2017 // Work hard and show everyone that you take your job seriously. Appreciate your co-workers. Prepare to do more work and get fewer rewards at the beginning. People are different and everyone needs to be respected. Looking back, I really would not have done things differently in my fi rst turf job. I was fortunate enough to be in a position to solely focus on work and my career. I was able to take stock and prioritize what was im- portant to me. This allowed me to make fu- ture career decisions based off what I learned during my fi rst work experience — Noel T. Brusius, CSFM, Waukegan (IL) Park District VENTURING INTO THE JOB MARKET can be a daunting task, especially for those recently out of school or looking for that fi rst job. While resumes and applications are important, I believe that the best jobs are not the ones that are "posted," but rather the ones an individual can uncover for him or herself. How is this accomplished in today's job market? Simply by putting yourself in front of a decision maker and proving your worth through performance (work ethic), experience (past efforts), and intelligence (not measured by IQ, but rather your grasp of the job). Using this formula, the best way to get your foot in the door is with an internship, and there are literally scores of them out there. Every company, business, or team is looking for individuals who can make a contribution. It is challenging to hire entry level or fi rst-time job applicants because many view their professional future through rose-colored glasses. Yes, higher education is expensive. And yes, everyone wants to make a wage that refl ects his or her educational backgrounds. But often times, the experi- ence they DON'T have is more of a deter- rent than the education they DO have, and those with a willingness to learn and grow quickly are the most attractive hires. Educa- tion is a good thing, but work ethic will win out over education EVERY TIME. I have to refl ect back on a motto I coined when, after 25 years in television, I under- took a second career in professional base- ball groundskeeping: "Hard work can make up for a lack of knowledge. But rarely does knowledge make up for a lack of hard work." -Keith Winter, Fort Wayne TinCaps My advice would be if you don't love what you are doing, don't be afraid to make a change. You will spend a lot of time at your job during your lifetime so try to fi nd something you enjoy doing. Showing initiative goes a long way. Don't be afraid to acknowledge if you don't know something, but take the opportu- nity to learn so that you only don't know it once. Hold your standards higher than what is expected of you and you will al- ways keep your job. I wouldn't change a thing. — Allen Johnson, CSFM, Green Bay Packers I WORKED DURING HIGH SCHOOL at a community association. I loved cut- ting grass and doing general landscape maintenance. Even though we had sports fi elds they were maintained like any other grassy area. I had always been around landscaping but knew this job won›t last more than a summer or two. Not a lot of mentoring, just work. I worked for varies landscape companies and the Frederick Keys baseball grounds crew while taking classes. So the transition into my role as turf manager was likely eas- ier than many since I was already in the industry and applying what I was learning daily. Many of the things you learn in school you fi nd are very different in the workplace and with things evolving daily, weekly, yearly at a faster pace, I see this much more now than I did 20 years ago. Many of the things you prep for never come along and things you never knew existed or paid atten- tion to, you fi nd are very important. Now I take classes on sprayers and mowers as it seems that these concepts are missed or not focused on enough, because knowledge about these is often lacking. Equipment is everything to a sports turf manager but knowledge about the work- ings, maintenance, and options is just not there for so many. — Jason Kopp, Turf Equipment and Supply Company /ST/

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