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GW Athletics Hosts Second Annual Career Athlete Networking Forum

Feb. 26, 2014

GW Educational Support Services | GW Athletics Life Skills

WASHINGTON - More than 140 GW student-athletes attended the second annual GW Athletics career networking forum at the Lerner Health and Wellness Center on Monday, Feb. 24.

Working with the university-wide Career Services Enhancement Initiative, GW Athletics' Educational Support Services Department welcomed 25 employers and continuing education programs to give GW's student-athletes an opportunity to explore potential exciting career opportunities.

"The career fair was a great experience," said GW golf senior Graham Lawyer, who spoke with recruiters from AXA, Prudential, and AFLAC, all of which requested follow up interviews. "It was a great opportunity for student-athletes to gain jobs and internship positions to start their future career paths. The representatives from the attending companies were very helpful in giving us advice on ways to advertise the skill sets we have as student-athletes, as well as schedule interviews for a potential position in their company."

Deloitte, AFLAC, Northwestern Mutual, Teach for America, Quicken Loans, Prudential, TrakLegal and AXA Financial were among the companies in attendance, as well as the U.S. Air Force, Secret Service and Peace Corps, and continuing education programs from GW, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

"The career forum was a great way to get our foot in the door with many different organizations and companies," added GW women's soccer junior Meg Murphy. "It helped me develop and practice my networking skills in a comfortable and familiar setting. Putting all of the student-athletes in a more professional setting was extremely beneficial to our growth as people and as future business men and women. I loved how there was such a variety in the types of organizations and companies, which is vital considering everyone who participated has vastly differing interests, wants, and needs when looking for their future job."

In addition to the organizations in attendance, GW student-athletes also had the chance to meet Rachel A. Brown, the inauguaral Assistant Provost for University Career Services at GW. Brown entered the new role in February as part of a multi-year, multi-faceted university-wide Career Services Enhancement Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to build a distinguished, university-wide career culture and strengthen connections between the university's career services efforts and GW faculty, academic advisors, parents, alumni and employers.

"GW Athletics is committed to making opportunities like the networking forum available for student-athletes, who because of practice, travel and competition, often cannot take advantage of programming offered by the university," said Life Skills Coordinator Ted Costigan. "The career forum serves as a perfect setting to facilitate relationships between student-athletes and employers who are looking to hire motivated, goal-oriented young professionals."