Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar/CMU Athletics
Adam Lipski of Reliance One speaks with CMU student-athletes about value assessment in searching for jobs at the inaugural Career Symposium on Wednesday night.
Inaugural Career Symposium Gives Student-Athletes Career Insights

MOUNT PLEASANT - Junior and senior student-athletes gathered Wednesday night at the Indoor Athletics Complex for the inaugural Student Athlete Career Symposium, hosted by the Academic Services department.

The purpose of the symposium was for student-athletes to learn more about the essentials that will result in being a great candidate for internships and career opportunities.

"With the amount of time we have as student-athletes, Academic Services does what they can to get us opportunities for the real world," junior gymnast Meaghan McWhorter said.

Six different representatives spoke to the student-athletes, addressing topics such as discussing value assessment, resume building and cover letters, the importance of a follow-up, social media for job seekers, job "keepers," and employers, and financial planning.

Adam Lipski of Reliance One; Lori Jerome of TEKsystems, Amanda Neale of AeroTek, Matt VanNorman of Reliance One, Eric Jones of Quicken Loans and Jayme Fazi of Northwestern Mutual presented to the student-athletes.

"The most impactful topic for me was social media, knowing what not to do and what job recruiters look for specifically. I did not realize they looked that much into those sites," senior track and field sprinter Greg Knaus said.

The five companies represented support CMU athletics, and helped sponsor the event and the printing of a book entitled "Backpack to Briefcase: Steps to a Successful Career," which was given to each student-athlete.