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Why Do You Want to Work in Australia? Exciting Opportunities Await and Obtaining a Visa is Easy

 

 

It’s always hard to pick up and leave a country or home you’ve known to relocate to a part of the world you know so little about. Thankfully there aren’t a lot of things to get used to when thinking about moving to Australia for work. The climate might be different, the people might be a little different, and the lifestyle is very different, but despite all this the opportunities more than make up for it.

There are a host of wonderful and enterprising roles to fill in Australia. The country has a high employment rate, is absolutely beautiful from one end to the next, and is capable of luring millions of people from all over the world to find cause to work and live here on a permanent basis. Many of those that make their way to Australia don’t ever want to leave even if their stay here is temporary for work or school.

When immigrating from another country however you will need a visa to work in Australia, and there are two different visas you can apply for. One is a skilled immigration visa, which allows a person to with an acceptable skill set to enter the country if they are capable of passing other criteria that will be mentioned in a moment. The other type is a nominated/sponsored work visa, which are for those that are sponsored by a recognized Australian employer, a territory or state authority, or a government agency of that state or territory. In other words you need to have a useful skill set or a sponsor to get into the country on a work visa, which isn’t too hard consider that Australia’s labor force is in constant need of skilled and able workers.

So the requirements to work in Australia include:

 

*Proficiency in the English language.

*Your nominated occupation needs to be on the Skilled Occupation List, or SOL.

* You need to actually possess the skills for the job you’re applying for.

* You need to undergo a skills assessment by a recognized Australian authority.

* You have to meet the health and character criteria.

* You have to meet the criteria for the visa you’re applying for.

 

So all in all the vetting process is fairly painless, but it helps to know what to expect in order to make your way into the country without too much trouble.

 

3 Brothers (excerpt)

“What in the hells is wrong with you?!” Tyn demanded, still with his hand near his weapon.  He could sling his shield onto his left arm swiftly if he had to, but to think that he would have to defend himself from his brother was simply too much to be believed.

Vacca was drunk, there was no doubt in Tyn’s mind, the slurring of his words as he spoke, the slightly leaning posture as he glared defiantly at his brother, it all spoke volumes to the celestial.

“Told you,” Vacca said, his voice heavy with drink, “Told you we’d finish this later on.” Tyn’s eyes widened just a bit as he heard his brother speak, his right hand still close to his hammer while his left was cocked back just a bit.  It would be ludicrous to raise arms against his own brother, but he wasn’t about to allow Vacca the opportunity to pummel him senseless for something that should have been commonplace between the two of them.

In their younger years, as children, Vacca, Tyn, and Adik had all been more than a little combative with one another.  It had taken years of patience and strict rules set forth by their father for the three of them to see one another as brothers, and not allow the racial differences they exhibited to come between them.  But of the three of them, Adik had been the only one to truly rise above the squabbles that had dominated their relationship for so long.  Taking on the oath of Markone had done wonders for the dwarf, tempering him in a way that only Tyn could possibly emulate, given the strict discipline he’d been forced to endure in his years among the city guard.  Vacca however, no matter how well trained, had never lost his wilder side, retaining his need to grandstand, his desire to be recognized as a force unto himself.  This made him more than a bit arrogant, no matter that he would appear humble if it seemed necessary, and even contrite at times.  Too often though he had taken this too far, drowning himself in the need to act the victim, claiming that the world was against him.  Tyn was not entirely surprised he had chosen the life of solitude among the wilds for long stretches of time, he would have been surprised if anyone other than family would stomach Vacca’s insistent whining.

“Vacca, sit down, let’s talk about this.” Tyn said, his voice calm and his manner sincere.

The ranger just snorted, pulling both his weapons free, “There’s nothing to talk about, you and I got something to settle.”

Tyn still didn’t draw his weapon, “Brother, just calm down, I’m sure we can talk about this, what would father always-“

“Don’t you bring him into this!” Vacca yelled, spittle flying from his lips as he glared openly at Tyn.  The light was shed just a bit more on the situation as Tyn straightened a bit, his eyes widening almost imperceptibly as he felt his fingers itch to draw forth his weapon.

Among the three of them, Vacca had always been the one who had incurred their father’s ire the most.  While it was mostly his own fault, Vacca had always been slightly resentful of the favor that Tyn and Adik had seemed to garner.  Jurel had loved all his sons dearly, and had done much for them over the years, but Vacca’s troublemaking had vexed the old paladin greatly in his later years, especially when it had seemed as though the elf had not cared whether he tarnished the reputation of his father or not.  Too often Jurel had seen fit to forgive Vacca, though always the ranger had seen fit to push his limits even further, until he and their father had finally had a falling out.  That had been the first time that Vacca had left.

Something told Tyn that Vacca had been thinking of the past with each drink he’d taken, the empty bottle of spirits he could see at the elf’s feet making him believe that Vacca had been ruminating more than a little.  He’d not left the ranger alone that long, but then Vacca had always been a strong drinker, no matter that his tolerance did not extend to his sense of reason.  Once he’d imbibed more than was normal for any being, Vacca’s good sense often flew on dark wings to the farthest corner of the realms, leaving only the instinctual, cunning warrior he’d become.

“Fine then Vacca,” Tyn said calmly, “Make your move.”

That was all the invitation Vacca needed as he moved, his blades becoming blurs within his hands as he drunkenly stumbled around the two chairs that sat in front of the blazing hearth, aiming as straight as he could for his brother.  Tyn watched him come, drawing his shield at the last moment as Vacca struck.  He needn’t have bothered, the elf’s blade rang off the floor as he overbalanced, spilling hard to a knee before he attempted a difficult back slash with his other weapon.  Vacca’s true strength was that he did not worry overmuch about defense, his martial prowess had much to do with blinding and overwhelming offense.  Tyn however had studied just as hard, and had included defense into his assortment of skills.  Even with this however he could already guess that he would not need to worry too much about Vacca’s deadly speed or precision.  His brother was drunk, and as such he was impaired.  The fight would hardly be fair, but Tyn would see to it that Vacca was at the very least shown a lesson.

Reaching out with his hammer Tyn attempted to yank his brother backward as he moved, seeking to put Vacca on his back and therefore end the fight.  The elf surprised him in that moment however as he resisted, slashing back at Tyn as he was forced to retract his weapon and come on guard, feeling the impact of Vacca’s first attack and then the second as his brother stupidly attacked his shield.  Holding easily against the twin assault, Tyn’s shield felt surprisingly light in that moment, though he did not dwell on this as he pushed forward, thrusting his brother backward as Vacca attempted to gain his feet.

Unfortunately for the ranger, Tyn had the higher elevation and the greater force in that moment, managing to push hard enough so that Vacca’s already precious balance upon his knee was lost entirely, his limb buckling as he went down hard to his back, his weapons still gripped tightly in his hands as he let loose a startled grunt.  Tyn turned about, standing over his brother with his hammer at hip level, glaring hard at the fallen ranger as Vacca tried desperately to regain his bearings.

“Do not get up brother,” Tyn warned, already knowing the response that such words would invoke.  Sure enough he watched as Vacca snarled, attempting to rise as he spared a glare for his brother.

Even as Tyn attempted to thump the head of his hammer into Vacca’s arching back, the elf proved that he was quicker, rolling away as he regained his footing, his balance unsteady but his weapons still in hand as he stared heatedly at Tyn.

“That was a mistake brother, to let me up.  Now we’ll finish this.”

Tyn narrowed is gaze, “Come forward then.”

Vacca didn’t hesitate, moving swiftly as Tyn raised his shield to defend.  He was huffing for his next breath even as he watched his brother move away however, wondering what had just happened and why his midsection suddenly burned like fire, twin lines of heat racing up and down each side as he felt a sticky warmth spreading along his flesh.  Blinking rapidly Tyn whirled upon his brother, as much as he could, anger writ plainly in his eyes as Vacca grinned evilly at him, the edges of his blade wet with Tyn’s blood.  His brother had cut him, he’d used his damnable speed and cunning to lay him open, his own kin!

Anger flooded through Tyn in that moment, pure and without restraint as he looked upon the cocksure, drunk, and smiling ranger.  In the past they had harmed one another, though never had they dared to lay one another open with steel. Father would have forbid it and no doubt punished them severely for such a slight.  But then, father wasn’t here.  Tyn’s mind was awhirl with questions at that moment, most of them centering around what Vacca had just done and why.  Quickly enough though he decided that it did not matter, his brother had wounded him, and such a slight demanded payback.

“Nothing to say brother?” Vacca mocked, his drunken glare alight with glee as he moved in close yet again. Tyn let him come, only half-feigning the pain he was in.  His brother’s blades had not gone deep at least, but the wounds were going to need healing soon, or he would surely bleed to death.  For the moment though, he had to repay his sibling for what had just been given, and he could think of no other method other than to deliver as hard a blow as he could.  Thus he watched Vacca closely, allowing his brother to come ever closer, blades raised as though to strike again, and then he acted.

Even as his shield was rising to block Vacca’s first attack Tyn’s hammer was moving to first knock aside the second attack and then slam brutally into the elf’s body, striking just under the ranger’s heart as he put enough force into the attack to make his brother feel it.  There would be no more pulling punches apparently, the wetness that seeped from his flesh was indicative of that.  Tyn almost felt ribs shake and his brother’s innards rattle as his blow hit home, though he knew that the true effect of his blow would come as his brother attempted to attack, as his own strength would become his weakness. The blow had the effect of backing Vacca up immediately, the shocked look upon his face one that Tyn had seen in the past.  He’d not expected his brother, whom he thought to be a lowly fighter, to attack with such fervor, such ferocity.  That was just too damned bad then, Vacca had started this, and Tyn meant to finish it.

Gathering his resolve in that moment, Vacca shifted to his left foot, looking as though he were about to go in that direction, but just as quickly moved to his right, a maneuver that might have worked against many foes, but not Tyn.  As much time as he had spent from the city, Vacca was still predictable in that he would try to fake out his opponent before coming straight ahead.  The ranger was quite skilled at feinting and striking, running, and striking again, but it would not work against someone that knew him so well.  Tyn did not fall for the feint, blocking the next two attacks his brother brought against his left side easily, managing to aid his brother in falling hard against one of the chairs near the hearth as Vacca almost doubled over in pain, the hit that he’d suffered finally taking its toll as Tyn had intended.

It was a method that he had learned from the veterans among the city guard, one that would attack an opponent in two different ways. While it didn’t work against everyone, it was more than effective when it did take hold.  The trick of it was to strike with enough force and in the many spots that had been designated after much study of anatomy as crucial weak points within an opponent’s body.  The resulting blow would damage not only the outer portion of the enemy’s body, but the force of it would sink deeper, penetrating tissues and spreading out so that once the enemy attacked again, the workings of their own muscles would add to the damage, furthering the attack without any further assistance from the defender.  It was a talent that Tyn had picked up quickly, and one that he’d hoped to not have to use against his brother.  But Vacca had shown no reservations about using force against him, so fair was fair.

“What, what did you do?” Vacca asked, holding his arms close to his body, glaring at him now as he tried to defend.  Tyn took a slow step forward, his eyes still upon the ranger as he raised his hammer again.  His brother attempted to defend as the hammer swung for his left shoulder, Tyn’s intention to force Vacca into dropping his weapon.  His brother couldn’t raise his weapons fast enough as Tyn attacked, silent as his hammer whistled through the air, finding Vacca’s shoulder with unerring ease as its metal head connected without mercy, the snapping of bone loud even over the popping and hissing flames from the heart.  Vacca’s yell of pain and outrage was even louder though, but somehow he held onto his weapon, his left hand even tightening upon the grip of the blade.

He was more than ready as Vacca tried to attack, his left blade barely rising enough to menace him as Tyn batted it away with his hammer, taking the right blade on his shield as he pushed it away, almost knocking Vacca down again as he moved in.  The look of hopeless defeat upon the elf’s face was hardly appealing, though Tyn would not stop until Vacca was down, he knew that the ranger would see this fight through to the end if he did not.

So thinking he stepped in towards his brother again, barely thinking about what he was doing as the head of his weapon met Vacca’s face, snapping his head back forcefully, but thankfully not fatally, as he watched the ranger almost fold over the high-backed chair, crumpling only a second later.  Tyn did not kneel next to his brother for several moments, closing his eyes as he slung his shield upon his back once more, affixing his hammer to his belt again.  Leaning down he checked for a pulse, finding it strong and steady thankfully as he straightened up.  Hissing in pain as this motion tortured his split flesh, Tyn inhaled through his nose, opening his eyes to look down upon Vacca’s battered form again, frowning heavily as the pain of his wounds set in.

Taking in a deep breath he closed his eyes again, calling upon the Innate magic that flowed through so many within the world, utilizing it in order to stem the flow of blood long enough so that he might find a healing potion or two, or maybe three.  Depending on how potent the overly sweet remedies their father had kept stored away were he would be healed fully in a matter of hours.  He would give one or two to Vacca as well, but only when the ranger revived, which he would not be helping to facilitate any time soon.  His brother could sleep off his drunken state before he awoke to wonder at what had happened.  Tyn would have much explaining to do he was sure, but even worse than speaking to Vacca about this would be speaking to Adik, who would want to know just why their elven brother was now sporting a broken nose, a broken arm, possibly a broken collarbone, and internal injuries that the ranger would likely notice once he woke.  That conversation was not one that Tyn looked forward to.

Finding a Job in Australia: Changing Employers From India to Australia

 

 

Just like anywhere you’ll want to do your homework before up and moving to Australia to work. What this means is you need to get your credentials checked by someone who knows what they’re doing and explain to them your reasons for immigrating from one country to another. There will also be a healthy amount of criteria that you’ll need to fulfill before making the move, as most countries will want you to have all your papers filled out and filed with the proper authorities before making the jump across the pond.

Thankfully, Australia is a land of plenty when it comes to work, but you still need to be able to identify what position you’ll be seeking fill once you make your way to the country, and you will have to obtain a work visa. It will also be highly important to make a list of possible job sites and organizations that match your particular skill set. Make certain that these places have vacancies before making the move or even applying, since the work visa will only be good so long as you can prove that you have a job waiting for you or that you can find employment once you reach the country.

Another thing you’ll want to do is to obtain the assistance of an Australian Immigration Specialist.  These people can help you with the process of making your way from your home country to Australia and can be instrumental in making it as painless as possible.  Instead of just coming to Australia and finding a job and a residence you absolutely need to file for immigration and obtain a visa if you want to stay.  One thing to remember though, the specialists are not there to get you a job. They will only help to verify that you do have the skills to obtain a job, or that you do have a position lined up. These specialists are not a part of any recognized state authority that can help with your job search. Their role is to help you make your way from one country to another and confirm that you do meet the immigration criteria.

Overall the best part of coming to Australia to work is that there are plenty of positions available and a great many opportunities to pick from at any given time. So long as you have the skills to pay the bills, as the saying goes, the hardest part of immigrating should be the move itself.

Educational Standards: Work Opportunities and Student Visas

 

 

If you want that prestigious experience when it comes to your education then the UK is more than able to provide it. Whether or not you’ll be able to get in is always in question, but overall the impressive line on your resume that showcases your time spent in England during your college years can go a long way towards upping your chances of earning a top spot in any line of employment you decide to pursue.

But let’s take a step back and think about what goes into it for just a moment.  First you have to apply, and before that you need to obtain the demanding grades that will be required to enter into some of the most well-known and competitive schools in the world. There is a reason why England is considered one of the premiere locations around the globe to attend college, and it has a lot to do with what the experience can mean for your future.

Many English colleges allow a student to study in a specialized field that doesn’t demand nearly as many added courses to earn their desired degree. The counterpart courses might still be wise to consider, but they aren’t quite as crucial to one’s success as the core classes that will propel the student forward in their academic career. In this manner international students can actually earn their degree in about three years versus four and save an entire year’s worth of tuition. These savings are great, but it also stands to reason that a student visa often expires before school is over, and will expire indefinitely before the student can find employment.

It pays to know just what you want to do in order to apply to a college in the UK, as indecision is not forgiven in their system nearly as much as it might be in other countries, particularly in the United States. You’ll also want to decide if you want to live on campus or off, and if it’s the latter then you’ll need to find some way to make rent and pay for other bills. Several universities can help with this aspect, but it is still advised to seek at least part-time employment to make ends meet and have reserve cash on hand.

As a final note, expect to be on your own for much of the time when it comes to gaining the attention of your professors. In the UK most students rely on one another or their own pluck, as attention from the professors is typically minimal.

United Kingdom: Immigrating to the UK and What to Expect: Strict Policies for Immigration

 

 

The United Kingdom actually holds one of the toughest immigration regimes throughout the world. Despite the hurdles and barriers that are designed specifically to limit the excessive inflow of immigrants Great Britain has remained strong throughout the years.  It takes a great deal of effort to immigrate to the UK and those that try are typically from India and other parts of Asia.

Immigrants are very likely to be put in to one of two tiers when seeking to immigrate.  The eligibility of each immigrant is dependent upon a point system that is derived from an evaluation of their potential and character. It seems like a lot to digest, but the UK has its own ideas concerning who gets in and how many people will be accepted. What must be remembered however is that not only is the UK highly specialized in how it is run as a country, but it is also an island unto itself, and is not overly large. This, along with the very elitist attitudes that tend to drive the UK, are why immigration is so extensively watched.

There are those who are considered to be more desirable to the country and will be allowed in largely because they can have a direct impact upon the economy. Such individuals are typically classified as Tier 1 and are usually:

Top notch professionals.

These individuals generally have to be nominated for residency, and can include members of royalty, those on the arts council, anyone having to do with the British Academy, and even those that are connected to the Royal Academy of Engineering.

 

Business owners.

These individuals must have funds that can be accessed and put to use for the good of the country. They still must be evaluated on the points system and all other criteria that will impact their chance of being allowed into the country. Such individuals can be business investors, skilled merchants, or anyone that is deemed as worthy of being made a resident of the UK.

Tier 2 applicants are those that are allowed to come into the country thanks to special circumstances, practices, religion, or hobbies in which they have ranked at the top of their field. There is a very typical waiting period for some, while others seem to be allowed in without much of a fuss. Overall, England is a hard place to get into, and not everyone can just walk in as with other countries.

 

Language Barriers: Understanding One Another and Expectations of Immigrants

 

 

When entering any country the general expectation is that you will follow their rules and regulations. What isn’t always practiced in the United States is that you have a basic understanding of the English language. Thanks to interpreters and the high demand for their services learning English isn’t always the highest priority for immigrants. Without sounding too demanding, a basic understanding of the language is desired by most individuals that are either American-born or have been in the country long enough to learn this custom is at times considered a necessity. Many other countries feel quite the same, and will offer interpretive services, but when dealing with immigration will still insist that the person applying for residency show some proficiency with the native language.

In many situations this is considered common courtesy, as immigrants are very welcome in the USA and are encouraged to seek their fortune and success when relocating. In order to remain culturally diverse and not begin to divide people into their native groups as a rule it is sometimes necessary to learn the common language of the land just to get by. This can make things a great deal easier on everyone involved and can help facilitate an easier adjustment period when acclimating to the states.

Which language is most dominant is very dependent on what region of the USA an immigrant travels to. For instance, in parts of California, Texas, and even Oregon, Spanish is a widely accepted language, though English is still the dominant tongue.  If you travel to Louisiana you might hear a good deal of French, and in Florida you might hear more Spanish.  Wherever you go in America, English is bound to be the dominant language, and it would be good to brush up on before arriving, if only to insure that there are no pesky language barriers that can hamper any chance of success.

One thing to remember about English however is that it can be a very confusing language. Unlike the rest of the world English is a language in which one word or phrase can have multiple meanings. This can often confuse native Americans, which means that immigrants that are able to speak only passable English might be lost completely during a conversation.  The best advice I could think of to give anyone thinking of immigrating to America is this: if you want to learn English, watch English television shows. It might sound odd, but you will learn more from TV when it comes to speaking conversational English than any school could teach you.

 

Cultural Awareness in the USA, Practicing Religion: Tolerance and Acceptance

 

 

If you’ve seen anything of the media where it concerns immigrants and how they are perceived you might have noticed that a great deal of attention is given to how and where people practice their native religion.  Where the religion is practiced, how often, and for what purpose are all factors that the US media seems to enjoy posting on a continual basis, but the fallout from this is very rare. Why is this you ask?

Simple: You have the right to practice your religion as you see fit in this country. No one has the right persecute you for your beliefs unless those beliefs happen to involve the harm of others in some way or form. Considering that most immigrants aren’t seeking to ruin their chances of having a long and successful stay in America, it’s safe to say that this isn’t much of a problem. The USA has for a long time been built on tolerance and acceptance, despite what history has shown.

What is so strange about religion is that many different religions can agree upon several tenets that seem to pass through each belief system without fail, but the form and technique of each individual religion tend to prevent people from coming together as neighbors.  America is proud to state that it accepts people of different races, religions, creeds, and cultural beliefs.  The country grants the right to any immigrant or natural born citizen to worship as they will and harbor any beliefs they want, so long as no one is harmed in the process. The laws of the land are to protect people from violent acts perpetrated by others, not to govern what type of religion they adhere to.

What is shown on the media is little more than an attempt to stir the pot and highlight any issues that are felt by the minority towards those that are sometimes deemed as foreigners. The truth of the matter is that even those who immigrate to the USA do so out of a desire to change their lives for the better, and wouldn’t think of ruining their chance at a new start. The xenophobic attitudes of a few do not represent the acceptance of the many, which is something that many Americans are proud to state. For a nation built upon immigrants, America is one of the absolutely most tolerant places to live.

5 Smart Steps to Tackle Employment Barriers and Embark on a Strong Career

 

 

In any job and any venue you might think about there are always barriers that you might have to hurdle in order to get what you want. A few examples include:

* Lack of experience

It’s hard to get a job without the proper experience or knowledge of how to perform the required duties, but it’s also difficult to obtain that experience without being given a chance.

* Lack of education

Some jobs tend to want at least a high school diploma if not a bachelor’s degree or greater. Getting a decent education is a very important step in overcoming many barriers to starting a career.

* Lack of contacts

Sometimes it’s not so much about how much you know, but who you know. Having the right contacts within your field and other related fields can provide you with a definite edge when finding a career.

These examples are only a few reasons why people have difficulty establishing a career, but they are very formidable barriers that are difficult to overcome for those lacking even one of them.  Listed below are five ways that you can overcome those barriers in order take hold of the career you want.

1) Finish your education.

You might have heard people harping about this more than once in your life, but the real world application of an education is very real. The more you know the better prepared you’ll be upon entering the workforce.

2) Gain as many contacts as you can.

Networking is a skill that will help you so long as you pick your contacts carefully and maintain connections with those that you share a mutual benefit with.

3) Keep up on social media.

Ignoring social media is a sure path to nowhere. The more you follow any hint or rumor of your chosen career on social media, the more likely you will be up to date on the current trends and happenings. Keep an eye on your path and learn how your desired career continues to evolve.

4) Study your desired career path.

It pays to have a well-detailed plan in place when you’ve made the decision over which career path to follow. Set realistic goals and conform them to the career you’ve selected.

5) Learn as much about your industry as possible.

Study your desired industry and understand how it grew to what it is and how it is maintained in the current era.

 

America’s Wilds, What’s There to be Seen: Exploring the American Frontier

 

 

There aren’t as many wild areas left in America today, but there are still enough to be impressive. Within any state there are still locations that are considered to be wild, and some that are even protected by the taxpayer and the continual efforts put forth to keep nature in all its pristine form. Each region of the USA offers its own pleasing form of wildlife and natural beauty, and is able to satisfy most any person that is looking for a specific place.

There are deserts, there are jungles, forests, mountains, and wide open plains that offer a wide variety of sights and sensations that range from the desolate to the most wondrous feelings a person can have. Some areas are so magnificent it takes the breath away just to see them, while others are so dim and uninviting that one has to wonder why they are still protected. The answer of course is that America is a land that is so rich with diversity that to take any one piece away is to diminish the nation as a whole.

What remains after so many years of growth however might be dwindling, as each and every passing year the wild frontier that once was begins to slowly decrease with the onset of an increasing population. This is why jobs that exist to help preserve nature and all its wonder are so important, and why immigrants are important to the USA. Immigrants provide a different look into the wilds of the country that American-born citizens might not fully understand or be able to see. The addition of a new perspective is always welcome and can even create a new understanding that can help to preserve a land that is so rich in diversity.

Immigration can also help to preserve the way of life within America that was built upon different cultures and beliefs.  From one border to another America is a land that shares a multitude of beliefs when it comes to the welfare of the nation and how it will continue in the years to come. To think that immigrants do nothing other than add to the numbers and the economy of the nation is quite absurd, as immigrants have helped to build this country into what it currently is, and will hopefully be in the years to come.

Why Student Athletes Should Not Be Paid

Introduction

    There has been a growing controversy throughout the last few decades concerning the idea that student athletes have been paid off by various sources for excelling in their sport. While some deny this happening, others are adamant that this highly illegal practice does take place. It is believed that this kind of activity is kept quiet in order to avoid being boycotted, and to keep the athletes under the control of those paying. The veracity of such claims is always in dispute, but one fact remains quite obvious despite the motivations behind the act. Student athletes should not be paid to participate in sports. Student Athletes There are arguable reasons why people would believe that college athletes should be paid, and they are reasonable enough to make sense. For instance, many college athletes spend more time at perfecting their technique and methods for their given sport than many people do at their regular job (Anderson, 2016).

This type of dedication seems to imply that the student athlete is more than just an athlete looking to impress their coaches and potential scouts. In this manner it might make sense to allow them to make a healthy wage or salary due to the hard work and effort they are putting in. However, the reasons against this are many. Not only has the NCAA forbidden the act of paying a student athlete based upon their level of play, but the organization will actively boycott any college that is caught paying their athletes. There are several people that hold onto the belief that refusing to pay student athletes is immoral, and that the coaches and the organization profit greatly from the hard work of their athletes without having to share (Edelman, 2014). The idea of paying a student athlete is one that has sparked many a debate as to why students should not benefit from their hard work and effort.

What many people do not or refuse to see however is that paying student athletes is both impossible as well as intolerable. To start with, it does not truly matter how much money a school does or does not receive due to the popularity of their sports program. Any money that comes in is often spent just as quickly to maintain stadiums, equipment, and to purchase what is needed to provide the athletes with the necessities to keep playing. Many school are actually operating at loss, and must depend upon whatever money they can generate in order to continue such programs. Were athletes to be paid that cash flow would eventually dry up and the programs would cease to exist. Added to this, most of the elite college athletes that are seen to excel are awarded scholarships that either help or cover their entire tuition. Many people think that college athletes are dirt poor, and in some cases those that do not operate at the highest levels might need assistance.

No single athlete is entirely without means though considering that unless they are a walk-on or are struggling to remain on the team, they will likely be on scholarship to keep them enrolled so that they can play. Student athletes are often well-cared for and afforded the means to play while going to school. Plus, this brings the next point into greater focus. If college athletes were to be paid it likely would not be much, and would carry a stiffer penalty as well. Were athletes to receive a salary then their scholarships would be seen as taxable income (Edelman, 2017) and would be greatly reduced, thereby affecting their tuition status and quite possibly their eligibility. The problems of being paid to play college sports would create a very negative effect upon athletes in that it would make them give up a great deal of the money that they already receive to attend school, which is important to their role as an athlete. Somehow this has been overlooked far too often. Many people watch college sports, and many enjoy a good Saturday or Sunday game, but one thing that eludes many people is that playing sports in college is a privilege.

Making the transition from high school sports to college is a taxing and sometimes uncertain prospect, which is why such a low percentage of high school students actually make it this far. Playing for a college team, being sought after by the coaching staff, and being given the means to play college ball is a privilege that is usually afforded only to the very best athletes. As such, this is an honor all on its own and is not meant to be cheapened by treating the experience as one would a job. In adding to this thought, there is no way that college athletes could be paid fairly. Some might think that an open market system would work, allowing supply and demand to pay a player based on their talent. But then this brings up the problem of how valuable a player is seen to be and what kind of value they believe they have. It is an uncertain and untenable system that would no doubt breed great jealousy and eventually ruin the entire idea of college sports.

This also goes back to the fact that colleges simply cannot afford to pay their players. Payment for the privilege to pay should in fact be among the last thing upon the mind of a student athlete. College sports are a pleasing distraction and should be treated as such despite the very real chance that some athletes might have of being recruited by professional scouts. During their average four-year tenure however, students need to be free to learn, experience, and develop as they continue to grow. Too much pressure is already placed upon the shoulders of the average college student to treat them like professional athletes. By treating them this way the idea of school begins to fade and look far less appealing in comparison to the life and salary of a professional athlete. Far too many individuals have cut their college careers short in an attempt to earn the big money that their skills can afford them.

Many athletes that have decided to forego their education in favor making big money have found that without an education they have virtually no future if their sports career does not work out. Also, if student athletes were paid, this would necessitate budget cuts in other areas of their university, meaning that certain programs and functions would have be sacrificed in order to make ends meet. Depending upon what kind of salary was made available for every athlete then it is likely that several schools would simply shut down and become all about sports, if they were still capable finding funding. Considering how many schools are currently operating in the red at this moment, it is by no stretch of the imagination that many schools would simply cease to exist if they were to allocate those needed funds to their athletes. The current corruption that does exist would also not be halted or even slowed. Many people do not wish to discuss the matter or choose to believe that it does not exist, but corruption within the college system is very real.

Sponsors, private parties, and anyone that has a vested interest in their athletes succeeding is a potential risk to an athlete and their sport. While it is not everyone that commits this type of injustice, each person that does so only makes the matter worse. By allowing athletes to believe that they should be paid for what is a privilege, they create an air of entitlement that follows an athlete from their college career onward. More than this, they insure that the college student that is “taken care of” will likely as not see themselves as invaluable and thus create a very irresponsible persona. College students are often irresponsible enough without receiving such an unneeded push. The average student athlete plays for the love of the game, and this is what draws fans to college sports to begin with. Once the passion is lost amidst the glaring dollar signs, then the sport has become the institution, and is therefore ruined.

Conclusion

    College athletes are known for their passion and desire to play at the pro level. They put hours and hours into perfecting their techniques, honing their bodies to the height of physical perfection, and all so that they can attain a dream that few ever get to realize. Those that think they are not compensated for the efforts often fail to realize that those elite athletes that are recruited by colleges are given partial or full scholarships that cover most if not all of their tuition, rendering such arguments quite moot. It must be remembered that these athletes are in college to learn first, and play second.

References

Anderson, D. (2016). Top 10 Reasons College Athletes Should Not Be Paid. ListLand. Retrieved from https://www.listland.com/top-10-reasons-college-athletes-not-be-paid/

Edelman, M. (2014). The Case for Paying College Athletes. U.S. News. Retrieved from https://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/01/06/ncaa-college-athletes-should-be-paid

Edelman, M. (2017). From Student-Athletes to Employee-Athletes: Why a ‘Pay for Play’ Model of College Sports Would Not Necessarily Make Educational Scholarships Taxable. Boston College Law Review, 58.