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Three Tips: Student Athletes

Happy Spring Break, Catholic University Community! Every day this week we’re sharing three career tips for the diverse student populations in our campus community. Today’s tips are for student-athletes:

1 – Let employers know you are a student-athlete. Far too many times this information is just one line at the bottom of a resume or never gets used to its full potential during an interview. Truth is, employers are looking for more than 1 or 2 specific skills. They need leaders that are team players who can handle adversity and be relied upon under pressure to adapt to changing situations. Sound familiar?

2 – Plan ahead. Let’s face it, being a student-athlete requires a lot of time and energy. If you don’t plan ahead you may miss a key employer event or application deadline. Use Handshake to keep up on upcoming programming or opportunities and schedule them into your calendar along with time to prepare in advance. You’ve got to be in it to win it!

3 – Make the most of a tough situation. Because of your commitments and required travel you may not be able to attend some events. Don’t just let them go. Contact the organizer of the program and see if you can reach out to the presenter in advance. Let that person know you are truly interested in what they will be discussing, but that your sport requires you to be away from campus. Ask if there is a way for the two of you to connect later or for you to receive a copy of the information that will be presented. Remember to follow-up on any advice/instructions they give. It ain’t over till it’s over!

Want to have a conversation about these tips, resources, or other support? Connect with us – we’d love to help you.