Inner Circle Prepares Huskers for Future Careers
On Monday night, approximately 30 Husker student-athletes participated in a career development program, as part of their involvement in Inner Circle. The students participated in mock interviews and networked with more than 30 professionals in the Lincoln and Omaha area. Students were matched with professionals based on their career interests and got the opportunity to receive feedback from the professionals.
Samantha Peterson, a sophomore on the rifle team participated in the event for the first time. Her commitments as a student-athlete haven’t allowed her to get internship and interview experience so Peterson said this event proved to be very valuable.
“This is a really cool experience because I get feedback on something I’ve never necessarily been through before, so it’s going to help me in times that it will actually count,” Peterson said. “We prepared and learned about dressing for interviews and body language in interviews and even ideas on how to answer questions in a good way. So, it’s really cool to actually be thrown into it and experience it and to go into it the first time when it counts and just be on a better foot than other people would be.”
Michele Stevenson, an FBI agent in the Omaha division also noted the value of the event and how student-athletes tend to fit particularly well in her department.
“This is a really great event,” Stevenson said. “What we find, especially with student-athletes is that they have a very big gift for organizing and planning and time management. They have a lot of motivation and initiative. They’re in really good physical shape, which is meaningful for us in our special agent position because we have a fitness requirement that goes with it. It’s a nice opportunity for student-athletes to get a chance to be in front of an employer in sort of a non-stressful environment and know that whatever they say is okay because they’re just going to get good feedback and that will only help them in the future.”
Ryan Bates a junior electrical engineering major on the men’s cross country and track and field, has been a member of Inner Circle for two years and appreciates the diverse group of professionals he gets to interact with as a member.
“The beauty of Inner Circle, and not just this event, but all the events… is they bring in all kinds of professionals from all kinds of fields,” Bates said. “I’ve networked with so many people that I would have not otherwise met and that’s been one of the biggest things. This is just another night of networking with all kinds of fantastic people.”
Inner Circle is one of the top student leadership organizations on campus and consists of student-athlete emerging leaders who focus on leadership, personal and professional development, while connecting with prominent letterwinner alumni through the N Club.
“[Inner Circle] is the best organization we have,” Bates said. “It’s one of the best reasons to be an athlete.”