Jan. 16, 2014
Vanderbilt University and Career Athletes recently conducted a Career Forum for 125-plus student-athletes on campus this week. More than 25 organizations set up displays and interacted with student-athletes in speed networking and round table discussions. Career Athletes Vice President of Collegiate Relations DJ Washington said it was a great event for all parties involved.
"The ultimate goal of this event was to create career awareness for student-athletes about national employers and career opportunities existing across a variety of industries they may have never heard of before, and that mission was well-accomplished," said Washington. "By including various segments like speed networking and an employer panel, student-athletes were able to expand how they will go about getting a job or internship throughout the entire evening and beyond."
Many of the nation's top companies target the student-athlete profile when recruiting to fill positions and partner with Career Athletes to have access to these top talented individuals. Typically, employers are accessible online through the Career Athletes network but were able to have in-person communication at the Vanderbilt Career Forum.
Attendees included: AT&T, Enterprise, Belmont Sport Management and MBA, US Marines, Lipscomb Graduate Studies, Federated, Navy, Auburn Online MBA, Tennessee Tech MBA, Northwestern Mutual, Quicken Loans, Waddell &Reed, AXA Financial, UNC Accounting Program, Vanderbilt Owen School, Nashville, Predators, Nashville Sounds, Wake Forest MA Program, Waffle House, Mark Block Agency, Deloitte, Stryker, YWCA, Nashville Public Schools, Regions Bank, and C3 Consulting.
The Career Forum events are aimed at providing student-athletes with hands on, in-person interaction with employers. Along with a career message, employer panel, roundtable discussions, speed networking and a career networking event, topics covered include using a unique skill set developed as a collegiate student-athlete to get a job and/or internship.