Career Athletes

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in Athletics, "The College"

Life Beyond the Sport

In the fall, the Ottawa University Athletic Department hosted Career Athletes, LLC on campus to conduct student-athlete seminars focused on “Developing your Career Game Plan” and “How to Sell Yourself as an Athlete.”

Based out of Olathe, Kansas, Career Athletes is the nation’s largest and oldest online organization linking together current and former student-athletes, business organizations and athletic departments. For the past 12 years, Career Athletes has conducted more than 900 campus training and development seminars in front of more than 260,000 student-athletes.

At OU™, 250 student-athletes attended the August 30, 2010, Career Athletes event, during which Vice President of Training and Development, DJ Washington, spoke.

“The seminars on our campus were a great way to kick off the year and our partnership with Career Athletes,” said OU Athletic Director Arabie Conner. “DJ did a great job challenging our student-athletes in regards to thinking about their future beyond OU. He also did a nice job reinforcing and directing them to the resources that are not only available through the Career Athletes networking site, but also the vast resources available to them right here on our campus with our career services and Adawe LifePlan Center.”

The Career Athletes seminars were brought to campus through the sponsorship of national employer partner, Northwestern Mutual. Northwestern Mutual provides a top ten internship program that targets competitive individuals looking to create an expansive network.

“Getting the chance to connect with the student-athletes at Ottawa University was very successful. I was impressed at how assertive students were in taking action on their future. I was able to connect with great individuals and am looking forward to following up with each candidate,” said Director of Campus Recruiting for the Northwestern Mutual RPS Financial Group in Kansas City, Lyndsey Hedge.

The seminars for student-athletes are geared towards using a unique skill set they obtain while competing in college athletics and how to use and articulate these skills and traits at an interview or on a resume.

“What a great enhancement to career services!” said OU Director of Corporate Relations Nori Hale ’71. “I am so impressed with what Career Athletes offers to our student-athletes to better prepare them for the job search and careers after college.”