Student-Athletes Gain Professional Insight at Career Fair
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On Monday night, the NAU Academic Department in conjunction with Career Athletes hosted the first ever Career Fair at the Rolle Activity Center. A total of 168 student-athletes participated in the event and gained valuable knowledge from a total of 14 vendors to use in their post-collegiate professional endeavors.
Among the vendors in attendance were Wells Fargo, American Express, the United States Air Force and Aflac among others as well as several Northern Arizona University entities ranging from the Franke College of Business to the Police Department to Athletics.
The career fair consisted of three portions beginning with a question and answer session. The student-athletes prepared questions for the session regarding hiring processes, how to use their degrees to obtain specific jobs and how the employers got into their current positions. Questions were directed to representatives from Wells Fargo, Enterprise, Sherwin Williams and NAU Athletics.
Following question and answers, the employers visited the student-athletes and presented information about their respective companies, how to apply for jobs, the interview process and about the job opportunities their companies presented. At the end of the night, the student-athletes were given the opportunity to visit different booths they were interested in and practice networking.
The vendors stressed the importance of keeping an open mind when searching for a job because opportunities may present themselves at any time. Considering they all possess an athletic background while pursuing an education is also an advantage.
"What I got out of tonight was to keep an open mind," said junior track & field athlete Deante Kemper. "It was nice to get to meet all of these recruiters and get a feel for these job fields. A lot of people like athletes because we are driven and we like to win. They like that trait."
Another lesson stressed was the notion that people are not restricted to jobs within their majors.
"It was interesting to learn that the people in the companies that came to talk to us didn't go to school for those exact jobs," said Sydney Kemper, a junior on the volleyball team. "They're in sales jobs, finance jobs, and they didn't have a degree in sales or finance. I thought that was interesting."
Below is a list of all 14 participating vendors:
- Wells Fargo
- American Express
- United States Air Force
- Pro Event Management
- Coconino County HR
- Sherwin Williams
- NAU Grad College
- NAU Franke College of Business
- NAU Gateway Career Services
- NAU Police Department
- NAU College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences
- NAU Athletics