MU Holds Student-Athlete Career Networking Night

Men's soccer player, Axel Sjoberg, networks with a working-professional.

April 27, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Approximately 65 Marquette University student-athletes were in attendance for Student-Athlete Career Networking Night at the Al McGuire Center on Thursday evening. 

The event, organized by MU's athletic development and academic services staffs, provided current student-athletes with a chance to gain insight into a wide-range of possible career fields as well as an opportunity to network with individuals that have careers in an industry that interests them.

"We set the evening up as a networking event for our student-athletes," said academic service learning specialist Katie Simet. "It was organized with the purpose for student-athletes to explore a career field or a certain company in a field that interests them."

Nevery college of concentrated study that is offered at Marquette University was represented, including working-professionals that have careers in business, education, health sciences and communication backgrounds. 

The night began with student-athletes meeting with staff members from Marquette's Career Services Center. Career services' members offered tips on how to network with professionals, while also reviewing and editing student-athletes' resumes. After meeting with career services, student-athletes went down to the Al McGuire Center gym floor and participated in networking conversations with the professionals.

Student-athletes from each class and MU program were in attendance at the networking fair, and each took away valuable knowledge from the experience.

"I am just a freshman, so I am still trying to figure out what I want to study at Marquette," said women's lacrosse player Jenaye Coleman. "It was a great opportunity to pick their brains and just try and understand what they do in their fields."

The idea for the career event and networking fair was generated by MU men's lacrosse program. Marquette's athletic development and academic services staffs reached out to M Club members, donors and local professionals to attend the event and share their career experiences with the student-athletes.



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