Student Athletes

As a student athlete, you have many great skills to offer a prospective employer. Whether you are beginning your college career as a freshman or nearing graduation, Career Development Center wants to ensure that you are well-prepared for every step of your career planning. A career guidebook has been developed to help you get ready for different stages of your future career while still in college. We encourage you to carefully examine this guidebook to obtain helpful career information.

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Career Guidebook

In this Get Ready, Get Set, Go Pro student athlete career guidebook, you will find information about how to identify your transferable skills you have gained as an athlete and how to best market these skills. Also, in the guidebook you will see different career ideas where you can continue applying your athletic skills. In addition, there is useful information about resume-writing and resume samples to help you paint a great self-portrait to successfully obtain an internship, part-time or full-time job. To access this guidebook, you may click on the following PDF: Student Athlete Career Guidebook.

Skills Gained on the Field

You may be worrying that as a student athlete you may not be as marketable as a student who has had an internship, a part-time job or other work experiences. Even if you have not participated in an internship or had any prior work experiences, as a student athlete you have gained many skills that are highly desired by employers. See pages 4-7 of the Student Athlete Career Guidebook to help you identify your “transferable skills”.

Careers for Athletes

There are many career opportunities for student athletes who wish to continue incorporating their athletic interests. Your options are not limited to being an athletic coach or fitness trainer. See pages 11-12 of the Student Athlete Career Guidebook for a more detailed discussion and books to consult on careers for athletes. On the other hand, student athletes are highly desired by employers that have nothing to do with the field of athletics as well. The skills you learn on the field such as leadership and teamwork easily transfer into any career of interest to you.

Resumes/Resume Samples

Once you have identified your skills and are ready to begin job searching, you will need a resume. Remember that a resume is a tool to help you advertise your best skills, experiences and potential value to your future employer. You need to show an employer what you have to offer as a student athlete. Include a “Summary of Qualifications” in your resume. See page 14 of Student Athlete Career Guidebook for more information about “Summary of Qualifications” and how to incorporate this into your resume.

For resume samples, you may click on the following PDF documents:

Cover Letters are also an important piece to the application process.  For information on preparing a cover letter and samples, click here.

Successful Former Student Athletes

Many successful former college athletes have pursued various careers in business, government, private and public sectors. Some have even become our U.S. presidents and astronauts. Your career options as a student athlete are limitless. See pages 9-10 of Student Athlete Career Guidebook to see names of these former athletes. Who knows, you may become the next U.S. president, senator or Olympian. Keep researching different careers and continue setting goals to achieve great career success.

Job Resources

Below are some resources that may assist you in your job search:

Also, please see Appendix A on page 19 of the Student Athlete Career Guidebook for a more comprehensive listing of job resources.

In addition, we highly recommend that you meet with a Career Development Center counselor. We are here to provide you with the best quality of career services for your job searching needs. Call 559.278.2381 to make an appointment. Meet with a counselor to ensure you are prepared for your future career before you graduate college.