Feb. 10, 2014
By Kory Walker
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington Athletics partnered with Career Athletes to host its annual student-athlete career fair on Sunday at E.H. Hereford University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. More than 150 student-athletes from all 14 intercollegiate sports attended the event.
During the event, student-athletes had the opportunity to network with potential employers from different industries throughout the country. Representatives from the insurance, education, healthcare and financial industries were on hand to answer questions from student-athletes and talk about their respective companies. The United States military was also present to speak with student-athletes about officer candidate training and other careers in the military. UT Arlington's Athletics Alumni Association, Office of Graduate Studies, and Division for Enterprise Development were present as well.
"Events and activities like this help our student-athletes get jobs and prepare them for the workforce once they graduate from UT Arlington," athletics director Jim Baker said. "It is as important to me as winning championships, and as administrators and staff, we need to do everything we can to help prepare these kids for success for the rest of their lives."
Career Athletes is an online community that makes connecting with other current and alumni college athletes easy. Their network helps members advance their careers and get jobs through networking with each other and employers who want to hire current and former student-athletes because of the traits and dedication student-athletes possess. They also provide on-campus and online career education specific to student-athletes in the forms of seminars, career forums and virtual career coaching.
"This event was awesome," Career Athletes director of marketing Marti Rosche said. "The student-athletes were very engaged and asked good questions."
Career Athletes promotes the value student-athletes bring to the workforce.
"On campus events are important because we are able to educate student-athletes, and place them in front of potential employers who have the ability to relate to them as student-athletes," Rosche added.
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