Student-athletes gain valuable career information, experience and confidence through professional programming.
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Career Development

By Nebraska Athletics

Student-Athlete Career Fair

Held annually in the fall, the 2017 Student-Athlete Career Fair took place Monday, September 25th, kicking off the UNL Career Week. Student-athletes will be able to interact with more than 40 companies in a variety of career fields, while gaining valuable career information, experiencing and interacting with prospective employers, and making valuable contacts for internships and full-time employment. 

Networking Night

An annual event held in February, local professionals excelling in their chosen careers are invited to Memorial Stadium to help educate current second-year student-athletes in the art of networking and the importance of this practice. Several Husker letterwinner alumni representing diverse career fields are invited back as professional guests to share their valuable career insights and advice on a level in which the student-athletes can relate. The 2018 Networking Night took place on Wednesday, February 21st and hosted 18 professionals. 

Career Shadowing

Recognizing the importance of gaining valuable career experience prior to graduation, several student-athletes seek out shadowing opportunities in their professions of interest throughout the year. The Life Skills staff assist these motivated individuals by facilitating professional contacts and providing education on how to make the most of their experience. Taking advantage of such opportunities is highly encouraged to help prepare student-athletes for their professional careers after graduation. 

Interview Preparation

Student-athletes have the opportunity to meet with a Life Skills Counselor to best prepare for upcoming employment interviews. Information will be provided on how to best research a company, anticipate questions, highlight strengths and ask meaningful questions. Strategies for interview follow-up will also be provided. Interview preparation meetings are strongly encouraged prior to any form of a job interview including part-time or full-time employment, as well as internships.

Graduate/Professional School Application

Recognizing that student-athletes often aspire to attend graduate or other professional programs, Nebraska Life Skills has resources in place to best position the Huskers for admission into the program of their choice.  Graduate and professional school career nights are held periodically connecting student-athletes with admissions staff and current graduate students who highlight admission requirements, application procedures, personal statement tips, timelines and opportunities for financial aid.

Athlete Network

The Nebraska Athletic Department partners with www.athletenetwork.com to create professional connections among current/alumni student-athletes, the Department, and business organizations. Many companies target former student-athletes in their recruitment of prospective employees, and Career Athletes offers a unique and valuable tool for student-athletes in their transition from athletics to the workplace. Athlete Network provides student-athletes with a connection to potential career mentors, former teammates, and employment opportunities through its web based platform.

Gallup StrengthQuest

Understanding the wide variety of opportunities available, the Gallup StrengthQuest program is designed to help students achieve success in academics, career and life. The program allows participants to learn more about themselves, including their strengths, and gain insight on how to utilize their talents for success. All incoming Husker student-athletes will complete a Gallup StrengthQuest Assessment and will meet with a Life Skills counselor to review their results and discuss how their top attributes apply to their future goals. 

Handshake (Job & Internship Database)

Nebraska Life Skills continues to foster a good standing relationship with the UNL Career Service Center. Student-athletes are encouraged to utilize Handshake, a free resource for all UNL students and alumni that connects them with employers worldwide. Each student-athlete will become familiar with the valuable resource in individual life coaching sessions throughout their time at Nebraska.

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