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Expert tips for success, from the sports field to your career field

Former student athletes and professional sports employees share their tips for success in any industry

Who says you can't turn your passion into a fulfilling career? According to a recent report about the intersection of athletics and career trends, a growing number of today's grads are doing just that: finding roles with professional sports teams on Handshake, or using their own athletic endeavors to build widely applicable professional skills. We brought together a panel of former student athletes and professional sports employees for a great conversation about career opportunities for sports-lovers across industries.

Whether you aspire to build your career in the world of pro sports or simply want to bring an athlete’s mindset to your career path in a different industry, you'll want to check out the session's valuable tips for scoring your dream job. Jordyn Elliott, a retired D1 soccer player and Sr. Communications Strategist at POV Agency, moderated the session—and revealed important lessons she learned after hanging up her cleats and jumping into the work force. During the conversation, panelists weighed in on their own career journeys and gave tips for success in the search.

  • Tim Drakeley, VP of Client Services at AlphaSights and former Bowdoin College football captain, shared how he turned past adversity on the sports field into an essential professional lesson—and stellar interview answer
  • Katie Kelly, Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist with the Boston Red Sox, laid out resume and career fair tips for early talent jobseekers who want to stand out to talent acquisition teams in professional sports
  • Maleah Pearson, a Lifestyle Content Producer at the Minnesota Vikings and former UC Berkeley gymnast, gave advice for building a professional portfolio even if you haven't had a job or internship in the athletics world

Enjoy the full session below, and be sure to check out our upcoming events for more great career search tips.

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