Career

Every athlete must transition from sport into the world of work. It is a well-known fact that very few college student-athletes become professional athletes. Those who are fortunate enough to make it generally have short professional careers. Follow your dreams, but also realize your transition from sport will go much smoother if you have prepared for the future.

So where do you begin? There are two important career areas with which you should become familiar. First, is career planning. Career planning is the process where you decide "what you want to be when you grow up." During the career planning process, you explore your interests, talents, and values. You also explore different majors and careers to see how they match what you have learned about yourself. Once you have educated yourself about you, the career opportunities available, and the necessary education required to realize your dreams, then you will be ready to make some decisions regarding your future career. This may sound easy, but it requires a time investment, and may require outside help before you feel comfortable with your choices. Jim Burton, a career planning counselor, comes down to the Student Athlete Building on Tuesday and Thursday (10-11am) to advise student-athletes. To make an appointment with him sign up at the front desk (345 SAB).

The second area is career placement. Career placement is the process of learning what you need to do to actually secure the career of your choice. The world of work is very competitive, but with good planning and preparation you will be ready to excel. In many fields, you need to identify internships that will give you quality work related experiences. You may also identify potential graduate programs in your area of interest. Scott Greenhalgh, a career placement counselor, is available Wednesday's from 9-12 in the Student Athlete Building. To make an appointment with him sign up at the front desk.

Furthermore, you should learn how to best market yourself to employers and graduate school programs by learning to write a good resume, present yourself professionally at job interviews, and network effectively. Finally you will search for an entry-level job in your chosen field. The following is a good guideline to follow:

Freshman

  • Learn about your interests, values, skills, personality

  • Explore various majors and career options

  • Work on general education requirements

Sophomore

  • Choose a major

  • Work hard to do well in major prerequisite courses

  • Apply for your major if necessary

  • Look for information on careers in your major

  • Meet with an advisor at your College Advisement Center

  • Develop a plan for graduation

Junior

  • Do well in your major courses

  • Investigate and secure internships or related work experience in your major

  • Do some job-shadowing or volunteer work in your field

  • Register on eRecruiting

  • Investigate graduate schools

  • Attend Career Fairs

Senior

  • Begin preparing to enter the job market

  • Learn how to market yourself to prospective employers or graduate programs

  • Attend Career Fairs

  • Construct a resume, network, polish interviewing skills

  • Look for information about potential employers

  • Work eRecruiting/Interview for jobs

The Student Athlete Academic Center has many services and resources to help you through this process including:

  • Career Counseling
  • Career Test Interpretation/Test Referral
  • Career Exploration Class
  • Assistance in finding internships, summer jobs, and full-time employment through our Career Network
  • Information on graduate and professional schools
  • The DISCOVER program in our computer lab which provides major and career information
  • Job Board updated weekly with full-time job opportunities
  • Assistance with resume writing, interviewing skills, eRecruiting, and networking

Ginni Revuelta, our CHAMPS Life Skills Coordinator, is available to help with any career needs you may have. Her office is located in the Student Athlete Academic Center, 382 SAB. You may stop by her office, contact her by phone at 422-3642, or by email.

Other career resources on campus include:

Counseling and Career Center - 1500 Wilkinson Student Center - (801) 422-3035

Open-Major Advisement Center - 2500 Wilkinson Student Center - (801) 422-3826

Career and Learning Information Center (CLIC) - 2950 Wilkinson Student Center - (801) 422-3000

Career Placement Services - 2400 Wilkinson Student Center - (801) 422-3000