Cross country runner Kane Grimster says Auburn's recent Career Expo for student-athletes was a confidence builder. Here is his story:
The best thing about the Career Expo is that it snaps you out of the bubble you live in as a student-athlete and causes you to think about life after graduation. I feel as a student-athlete sometimes your busy schedule forces you to only think about the homework and training you have for that day, and not so much about your plan after college. The Career Expo definitely motivated me further to think about my employment goals after graduation.
The event in Auburn Arena provided student-athletes with the opportunity to meet with potential employers from more than 50 companies and allowed student-athletes to start developing a network of connections to assist with employment post-graduation.
Two employers with finance and business backgrounds led my group and they stressed resume writing and the job interview process. Both employers were heavily experienced in the hiring process so they were able to give us plenty of pieces of advice. One piece of advice was we should adjust our resume depending the job we are applying to so that it highlights our experience relevant to the position. Although I’m sure people had heard some of these things before, hearing it directly from someone whose job it is to recruit certainly cemented this advice. I found this session helpful and thought it was a good confidence builder before we met all the employers.
Following the small group session everyone was brought back to the arena floor and we were allowed to go around to the companies’ booths and mingle with the employers. Although no employer was looking to hire someone in a position I was interested in, I was able to grow my professional network. Many of my fellow athletes exchanged contact information with employers regarding possible employment opportunities; even for those that didn’t, I think they at least gained some confidence from interacting with professionals.
From all student-athletes I’d like to thank Dr. Waters, SASS, the attending companies and all those involved who helped with the event. We greatly appreciate your support.
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