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BC Holds First-Ever Student-Athlete Career Fair

Jan. 29, 2014

The first Boston College student-athlete career fair was held on Sunday evening. Employers and graduate school representatives spoke in round-table discussions with BC student-athletes about opportunities after graduation.

Representatives from a variety of companies such as New York Life, Enterprise, Oracle, ESPN, Liberty Mutual and the Boston Breakers attended to network at the Heights. Delegates from Providence, Suffolk and Boston College graduate programs were also available to give more information about earning another degree.

Director of Student-Athlete Development Alison Quandt organized the career fair to give athletes access career resources even with their busy practice and game schedules.

"For a lot of the student-athletes, this might be their first time being exposed to talking with employers about jobs after graduation. With that `practice leading up to a game' philosophy in mind, we wanted to bring in a diverse group of employers so that student-athletes could practice networking with companies," Quandt said.

Employers also discussed what essential qualities student-athletes contribute to their companies.

"Student-athletes make great candidates for positions within our company because they have to juggle Boston College academics along with a rigorous schedule. So they have to be very effective at time management," ESPN's Leslie Cummings said.

Alan Kepp of Northwestern Mutual explained the natural perseverance, competitiveness and organizational skills that student-athletes bring to the table.

In addition to round-table discussions, the student-athletes were able to meet with employers individually.

"It really is a great opportunity to branch out to different companies, especially since we don't have the time for this kind of networking during the season," said Kelly McNelis, a senior on the lacrosse team.

"It's an awesome way to make a direct connection with employers. It also shows the push behind the promise that [Athletics Director] Brad Bates made about supplying more resources for student-athletes," senior volleyball player Melissa McTighe said.

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