How to be an ALL-Pro?

What Is Your Plan For the PROS?
Take the steps to build your career.

The NCAA message to student-athletes communicates most student-athletes will be "going pro in something other than sports." For many student-athletes, going pro in something other than sports suggests an end to or retirement from what they have known and identified with, in many cases, most of their life. Thus, having a plan can help in building a new identity outside of sport and bring confidence in taking the steps to redefining the PROS.

All student-athletes will ultimately need to face the reality of retiring from sport. Some may retire while they are in college; others may have the opportunity to play professionally and then be faced with retirement.

So, how can we help prepare a student-athlete for a career after sports? What resources can we offer and share that can help the student-athlete take the next step?

What can student-athletes do to take the next steps to building a career in something other than sport?

Tips to Taking the Steps:

  • Take courses that help - Freshmen Survey Courses/Edu PAES 1263/Edu PAES 3315
  • Meet with college career advisors or with someone in Career Connection (2nd floor, Younkin)
  • Ask questions, find a mentor, use your planner and GradesFirst
  • Meet with advisors, faculty, and staff - let people know what you want to do

Start taking the steps to the Pros today!

  • Step 1: DISCOVER your strengths/weaknesses, career interests, goals and life skills.
    • Discover and define academic and possible career goal(s)
    • Discuss and determine academic strengths and weaknesses
    • Improve life-management skills
    • Build a rough draft of your plan, and resume

  • Step 2: ACT on what you have discovered.
    • Meet with professionals
    • Analyze major selection in relation to career interests
    • Effectively search and apply for internships
    • Conduct informational interviews

  • Step 3: NETWORK with individuals that can help you deepen your plan.
    • Build on career development plan - make adjustments
    • Find and apply for internship and job opportunities
    • Articulate "brand" in a 30 second elevator speech
    • Research graduate schools, requirements, timelines, etc.

  • Final Steps: SELL who you are and what you know to employers and contacts.
    • Research companies/positions that you find interesting
    • Develop tailored resumes and cover letters for graduate school/job applications
    • Apply for graduate school and assistantships/scholarships
    • Utilize networks to research, prepare for, and secure full-time employment
    • Develop a professional portfolio - keep cover letter and resume in one place