Student athletes develop many skills that are transferrable to the professional world and that employers look for. Examples of transferable skills that Student-Athletes develop through participation in athletics:
- Understanding the value of teamwork
- Competitive nature, accepting challenges (careers in business and sales)
- Goal setting and working to achieve the goals
- Handling pressure well and able to accept constructive criticism
- Coachable and willing to learn
- Great sense of discipline and self-motivation
- Strong work ethic
- Understanding the importance of preparation and time management
Understanding how to present and highlight such skills enables Student-Athletes to become more marketable when seeking a professional position. The Center for Career Development works with Student-Athletes in a variety of ways to assist and prepare for today's workforce.
The Center for Career Development partnered with the Department of Athletics to bring together Student-Athletes and Employers through a Student-Athlete Career Seminar and Networking event. Participants shared valuable information and advice and roundtable sessions highlighted:
- Qualities and Skills of Successful Candidates
- Challenges, Mistakes and Advice (when entering the job market)
- Interview Tips - Pet Peeves from employers/what not to do!
The Center for Career Development offers
- resume and cover letter review and development
- job and internship search strategies
- interview preparation
- career counseling and assessments (appointments can be made via Starfish)
- daily walk-in hours for quick career-related questions (Rockwell Hall and the Union)
Take advantage of DuqCareerLink where employers who are specifically looking to recruit Duquesne students post jobs and internships. It is a valuable resource!