COLUMBUS, Ohio – This day in age, collegiate athletes are provided everything they need for practice, games and travel while they are competing. That leaves some athletes wondering what they should do when they’re not on the court.
Over the last month, Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Career Management LaToya Farris has helped the members of the women’s basketball team get a grasp for how to attack life outside of basketball. As part of the student-athletes’ professional development, Farris brought in Natalie Mehl, who is a recruiter for JP Morgan Chase, to talk to the team about what to wear and how to present themselves in an interview or a business meeting.
“It seems obvious to most people that you should wear something nice to an interview but we work with college students all the time that don’t know what is and what isn’t appropriate dress for an interview,” Mehl said. “It’s not just the athletes. It’s every student. They learn various things in a classroom that prepares them for a job but no one really teaches them how to present themselves in a meeting with a potential employer.”
Mehl and Farris talked with the team last month about what to wear and what not to wear as well as what they should wear in different situations. For example, what a person wears to a formal dinner or banquet may not be appropriate to wear to an interview or a job fair. Pointing out those differences was important for a number the players but Mehl didn’t want them to feel that they had to censor themselves.
“We gave them a number of ideas and tips for how to dress but also told them to stay true to themselves,” Mehl said. “We didn’t want them thinking you had to wear a black coat and a white blouse for every occasion. Everyone has a different style and we want them to feel comfortable so we gave them things to look for when picking out their outfit.”
Step two came last week when the players went to the mall and met with a stylist. She was able to measure the players and show them exactly the type of clothes that would fit their style but also be appropriate in a professional setting.
“Athletes tend to be a little different when it comes to buying clothes because their bodies are different than most people,” Mehl said. “The goal was to show them what works best with their body types and to give them the best approach when buying clothes.”