Participating in collegiate athletics promotes the development of skills used in the workplace.


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 Handshake)
  • Daily walk-in hours for quick career-related questions (Union, 614)

Take advantage of Handshake where employers who are specifically looking to recruit Duquesne students post jobs and internships. It is a valuable resource!