Earlier this month Leathwaite hosted a 'Career Beyond Rugby Workshop' in partnership with The Hong Kong Rugby Union. The aim of the event was to provide current players from both the Hong Kong Men's and Women's 7s and 15s rugby teams with a much stronger foundation in which to prepare for their transition to a 'second career' beyond rugby. 

Workshops covered a number of topics including career transition strategy, tools for success and psychometric assessment. The day culminated in a networking event providing players with the opportunity to meet with industry professionals from a range of industry sectors.

Alistair Bone from Leathwaite’s London office led the career transition strategy session drawing on his own experience having transitioned from professional rugby earlier in the year. Alistair covered a range of topics including making the most of your free time with further education and internships, building your own personal brand through networking, and understanding the transferable skills that professional athletes develop and how best to articulate these. “Having recently transitioned from professional rugby myself this was both a fantastic opportunity to discuss my own experience but also reflect upon the journey I have taken.” Alistair was joined by Bernice Kong from Leathwaite’s Hong Kong office in hosting the afternoon workshops.

"Having recently transitioned from professional rugby myself this was both a fantastic opportunity to discuss my own experience but also reflect upon the journey I have taken." 

As a result of the positive feedback received from the workshop participants as well as a number of corporate guests who attended the networking event Leathwaite looks forward to furthering its partnership with The HKRU and supporting player transitions. James Lawrence-Brown, Director Asia commented “I am enormously grateful for the strong support that the event received from our corporate network both on the day and subsequently as individual players explore internships and mentoring opportunities. We were joined by a great group of ambitious, successful and engaged players who have lots of potential to offer prospective employers and exciting futures ahead of them. Leathwaite is delighted to be partnering with The HKRU and we look forward to helping more players at future workshops. I would also like to thank Mr. Robert Quinlivan of A-STARS Advisors Limited who has been instrumental in getting this initiative started.”

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