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Career Fair Fuses Playing Field with Professional Realm

By NU Athletic Communications

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.”

This could not have been more true for many in attendance, as the Career Fair allowed student-athletes to establish new connections and network with prospective employers.

“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.

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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

Buildertrend

C&A Industries

Federal Bureau of Investigation

First National Bank

Gallup

Hudl

HUMANeX Ventures

KMPG

Lilly

Lincoln Fire and Rescue

Lincoln Police Department

Lincoln Public Schools

MAIAA Graduate Program

Marine Officer Programs

Mutual of Omaha

Nebraska State Patrol

Northwestern Mutual

NRC Health

Olsson

Omaha Police Department

Pacific Life

RSW Medical / Arthrex

Sandhills Publishing

Spreetail

Target Corporation

United States Air Force

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

Worldwide Express

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