Feb. 25, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) -- The first SMU student-athlete career fair and networking reception was held on Sunday afternoon in the Miller Event Center of the newly renovated Moody Coliseum. Over 25 employers and graduate school representatives were provided an opportunity to meet informally with the student-athletes and give them information promoting their organization, the career field, internships and full-time positions.
Director of Life Skills Allison Singleton organized the career fair with the assistance of the Hegi Family Career Center in order to accommodate student-athletes access to career resources with their rigorous schedules.
"For a lot of the student-athletes, this might be their first time being exposed to speaking with employers about opportunities after graduation. With that `practice leading up to a game' philosophy in mind, we wanted to bring in a diverse group of employers so that student-athletes could practice networking with companies," Singleton said.
Employers also discussed what essential qualities student-athletes contribute to their companies.
"We like hiring student-athletes because of their transferable skills: communication, work ethic, resilience, persuasiveness and flexibility," Enterprise’s Ty Codner said.
Katie Seal (former SMU Women’s Basketball student-athlete) of Randstad Technologies added, “Most of our leadership positions are former student-athletes and we appreciate the drive and dedication a student-athlete possesses and can carry on in a professional setting. In order to be successful in our environment, it's important to work well within a team setting but to also be extremely self-motivated and driven.”
Toward the end of the event, the student-athletes had an opportunity to network during the reception and enjoy some appetizers.
"The career fair was an amazing opportunity to meet with some of Dallas’ top employers and really explore my post grad options," said Caroline Daly, a senior on the volleyball team.
"It's an awesome way to make a direct connection with employers. It also shows the push behind the promise that [Athletics Director] Rick Hart made about preparing students for life," sophomore football player Cameron Smith said.
The student-athletes utilized this opportunity to hone their skills before the All-Campus Career and Internship Fair held Monday, Feb. 24 in the Hughes Trigg Student Center Ballrooms.