Aug. 22, 2012
The Auburn University Athletic Department recently hosted Career Athletes on campus to conduct a student-athlete seminar focused on preparing for life after athletics. Sponsored by Northwestern Mutual of Alabama, the event had more than 400 student-athletes in attendance on Monday evening in the Auburn Arena on campus.
Career Athletes Vice President of Collegiate Relations DJ Washington said it was a great start to the fall 2012 semester programming.
"It is apparent how important student-athlete success is to the athletic department at Auburn. Not only was the arena filled with student-athletes, but also with event staff, senior administrators, and career center personnel," said Washington. "Auburn Athletics has certainly set the bar high for the 50 colleges and universities hosting our program this semester."
Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support Services Dr. Gary Waters said that Auburn University is committed to assisting athletes after graduation. By partnering with Career Athletes on campus and online, both current and former Auburn athletes are able to create a free online profile. As a member of the Auburn Career Athletes network, they will have direct access to student-athlete specific career education, 58,000 job/internship opportunities, 475+ company recruiters and more than 100,000 athletes any time of the day.
"Career Athletes is part of our continuing commitment to ensure that our student-athletes are prepared for the day when their athletic careers come to an end," said Waters. "Participation in Career Athletes will give our student-athletes a unique opportunity to successfully complete the job search. In Student-Athlete Support Services, we frequently mention that we want our student-athletes to leave Auburn University with a championship ring on their finger and a diploma in their hand. We have now extended that goal to include a job after graduation."
Many of the nation's top companies target the student-athlete profile when recruiting to fill positions and partner with Career Athletes to have access to these top talented individuals. As a national partner, Northwestern Mutual is a leading sponsor of seminar programs where they can speak directly to athletes on campus.
"Northwestern Mutual of Alabama likes to hire athletes because they are competitive, hardworking, disciplined and have a dogged persistence in the face of adversity," said Northwestern Mutual College Unit Director Keith Frye, who is also a former college baseball player. "They also have a strong desire to be part of something bigger than themselves."
The seminars for student-athletes are geared towards using a unique skill set student-athletes obtain while competing in college athletics and how to use and articulate these skills and traits at an interview or on a resume. Topics covered in the seminar are: knowing your competition, identifying skills learned through athletic preparation and how to use these skills to your advantage after graduation, networking, preparation for an interview, and how to differentiate yourself from others.
"I thought it was a great experience and I learned a lot about the importance of networking and drawing from your athletic background to make yourself more marketable to future employers," said a current student-athlete at Auburn. "I hope other student-athletes embrace the opportunity to connect with others through Career Athletes and use this to build their character for a promising future."