Eagle Juniors Get Career Insight from Alumni

2017 Alumni Panel
 Women's Soccer '17

It was a night when AU alumni returned to campus to give back and help prepare current AU student-athletes for their next step.

Four alumni – Michael Worden (Men's Soccer '11), Adela Bateman (Swimming '10), Will Rayel (Track '00) and Katie Turner (Field Hockey '09) – spoke to current Eagle juniors recently to discuss career issues.

"It's so helpful to have these types of events," said women's soccer junior Kira Flaherty. "They really give you an insight into what someone has to do to get their dream job, or find a way into a certain industry. 

"The staff here really tries to help you improve on and off the field, and does so much to help us further our successes off the field, once our athletic career is over"

The panel gave valuable advice on how to tailor a resume to fit the job opportunity. They encouraged students to not discredit any experience, and explained how athletes can translate the skill sets used at a job like waiting tables to show a hiring manager that they possess the desired traits for another position.

When asked how they got into the industry and job, many panelists said they never could have guessed that they would be in the position they are today.

Panelists expressed that both internships they had during and after college, as well as the connections and networks they developed helped them get jobs. They also suggested that it really pays to network and foster long-lasting relationships.

The panelists strongly encouraged the student-athletes to explore opportunities that presented themselves well, and to try things that brought them out of their comfort zone.  

Worden left the students with good advice, jokingly suggesting to, "Always follow your dreams, but make sure you have a backup plan."