Career Fair Fuses Playing Field with Professional Realm
Lincoln, NE – This past Monday, Nebraska Life Skills hosted its annual Career Fair with the goal of connecting student-athletes to potential employers in their fields. The event featured over 200 junior and senior Husker student-athletes and more than 30 employers, including professionals from Gallup, Lincoln Police Department, Sandhills Publishing, Lincoln Public Schools, and Spreetail. In addition to the employers in attendance, student-athletes also had the opportunity to interact with graduate school representatives hailing from fields such as law, nursing, and dentistry.
Student-athletes spent the evening patrolling the third floor of Memorial Stadium, traveling from table to table to speak with the employers in attendance about job opportunities and career advice. Many of these employers have a keen interest in adding former student-athletes to their organizational ranks. As a representative for Pacific Life, former Husker baseball standout Tyler Niederklein is no exception.
“I am very proud to be able to come back to continue to build relationships with current student-athletes and be a resource for them as they explore future career opportunities,” said Niederklein. “Our recruiting staff at Pacific Life believes that student-athletes are always considered top candidates.”
For this exact reason, it is essential for Husker student-athletes to be put in professional settings prior to graduation. Events such as Monday’s Career Fair give student-athletes the proper outlet to put the professional development they have been working on for years into practice.
“The event was a really great opportunity for us to be able to practice interview-style scenarios without the pressure of being in an actual interview,” said junior Track & Field student-athlete Ellie Koncki.
As student-athletes made their rounds, a great deal of quality interaction could be observed throughout the room. For many in attendance, the Career Fair served as an ideal place to step out of one’s comfort zone and take the next step towards becoming a young professional.
“I remember going to career fairs as a student-athlete feeling nervous or uncomfortable,” Niederklein said. “But it helped break down those barriers for when it was time to start applying for jobs, as I had already developed relationships with multiple companies.”
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“I was able to build relationships with companies that could be potential employers once I graduate,” said Koncki. “It also helped me get a better understanding of what path I may want to take post-undergrad.”
As the event began to wind to a close, student-athletes were encouraged to stop by a “cool-down” station and write thank you notes to the organizational reps in attendance. Before long, the employers were packing up their stations and a thick stack of white envelopes was being dispersed by the Life Skills staff.
Nebraska Life Skills would like to extend a huge thank you to all the employers who took the time out of their evening to interact with the student-athletes:
Boys Town National Research Hospital
Federal Bureau of Investigation
First National Bank
Lincoln Fire and Rescue
Lincoln Police Department
Lincoln Public Schools
MAIAA Graduate Program
Marine Officer Programs
Mutual of Omaha
Nebraska State Patrol
Omaha Police Department
RSW Medical / Arthrex
UNL Career Services
UNL College of Law
UNL Human Resources
UNMC & Explore Center
UNMC College of Allied Health Professions
UNMC College of Dentistry
UNMC College of Medicine
UNMC College of Nursing