UAB Athletics Hosts Career Fair Prep Night

Blazer student-athletes prepare for life after college.

March 4, 2014

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Blazer student-athletes work hard on the field and in the classroom all year long to win championships and walk across the stage in Bartow Arena with their diplomas. On Monday night they got a chance to develop their skills in another arena, their life after college.

UAB Athletics, in conjunction with UAB Career Services and Northwestern Mutual, hosted a Life After Athletics event in Bartow Arena Monday evening.

“I really think the career prep night gave student-athletes helpful tips, from the importance of networking to proper business etiquette, that will be very useful as we prepare to enter our careers after college,” Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president and junior women’s tennis student-athlete Rachel Daniell said.

Daniell was one of seventy-five junior, senior or fifth year student-athletes who participated in the Blazers’ inaugural Career Fair Prep Night, designed to foster networking and hone skills the students will need as they take the next step in their educational and career paths.

“This program is designed to partner with schools in our region and help further student-athletes professionally in their networking skills, business etiquette and professional development,“ said Katie Jones, campus recruiter for Northwestern Mutual.

The Life After Athletics event is a part of the major effort made this academic year to connect student-athletes with UAB Career Services and to help them develop plans for after graduation.

“We are here for these student-athletes from the time they are considering a major, to help with guidance and direction throughout school, and even after they graduate from UAB and are searching for jobs,” Executive Director of Career and Professional Development, Suzanne Scott-Trammell stated.

“Career and Professional Development is very excited about the partnership that we’ve established and developed with UAB Athletics,” one of the organizers of the event, Katie Letcher, Marketing & Employer Relations Specialist for UAB Career and Professional Development explained. “We’re looking forward to this continued relationship.”

UAB Athletics and their Student-Athlete Support Services office are continuing to create opportunities for student-athletes to develop themselves for the next step in their lives. So far this year, Student-Athlete Support Services has developed a four part career development program in conjunction with UAB Career Services and provided numerous opportunities for student-athletes to volunteer with organizations aligned with their professional goals.

“Here at UAB we want our student-athletes to win as many championships as they can and we want them to earn a degree, but more importantly we want them to be ready to enter the world socially and professionally and have the skill set they need in order to be successful ,” said Jeff Guin, Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support Services at UAB.

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