BRISTOL, Tenn. –On Monday night, the Athletic Department and the Office of Career Services partnered to host a professional development seminar for student-athletes, led by Career Athletes. Career Athletes is an online community designed to help current and former college student athletes advance their careers through networking, education, and professional development. In addition to working with student-athletes, Career Athletes works with companies who desire to hire student-athletes based on the qualities and character traits developed through their athletic participation.
Ryan Bunkowski, a former college football player from Benedictine College in Kansas, addressed Tornado student athletes in two separate sessions – one designed for juniors and seniors, the other for freshmen and sophomores. He touched on many different things in his presentations, including traits of student-athletes, how to create a personal brand and how to market yourself to potential employers.
Career Athletes supports student athletes by providing them with their personal profile page on their website. This page, or personal brand, serves as each student-athletes online résumé for employers to view.
Bunkowski highlighted specific qualities student-athletes learn through their participation in athletics, such as overcoming adversity, self-discipline, accepting criticism, and why employers look for those traits in job applicants. Career Athletes partners with companies such as Enterprise, AT&T, and Stryker Medical to provide networking and job opportunities to thousands of student athletes each year.
“As a student-athlete, there are things you do on a daily basis, challenges you consistently face, that build character traits and habits that lead to success,” said Director of Athletics David Hicks. “Our goal at King is to graduate student-athletes who are ready to make an impact in the world.”
Hicks added “Through the mentoring of our coaching staff, and great programs like Career Athletes, we hope to help student-athletes understand how the lessons learned in athletics and qualities that lead to wins on the field also lead to success in life.”