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Workshop Prepares Attendees For Life After Sports

More than 40 current student-athletes attended a career workshop in April.

May 3, 2013

LAS VEGAS ( - The Student-Athlete Affairs Reaching Excellence Beyond Sports - R.E.B.S. life skills program hosted the second annual Life After Sport: Career Workshop on April 22 in the Lied Athletic Complex's Hilton Auditorium.

The event, recommended for juniors and seniors, drew a crowd of 40 student-athletes who would receive the UNLV Athletics Student-Athlete Career Guide & Handbook (Smith & Hafferkamp, 2010).

The chapters aligned with the different components of the event: Chapter 1 - This is Your Wake-Up Call; Chapter 3 - Why Athletes Make Great Employees; Chapter 7 - Creating a Network that Works; Chapter 8 - Winning Resumes & Cover Letters; Chapter 9 - Job Interviews & What's Important; Chapter 11: Tips from the Pros.

The evening began with a former student-athlete panel, where Dr. Jessica Zardnt (Cross Country/UNLV), Denise MacDonald (Cross Country/UNLV), Mike Donato (Football/UNLV), Teri Trautwein (Track & Field/UNLV), and Joy Avedesian (Women's Soccer/UCI) spoke on their current professional endeavors, the transition out of athletics and shared insight and guidance on life outside of sport.

Employers from around the Las Vegas community, including Target, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, B & B Ristorante, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, Abercrombie & Fitch and Northwestern Mutual conducted practice interviews with the student-athletes. Exposure to employers from around the community served as a mechanism for student-athletes to gain knowledge about various career fields, gain interviewing skills and build their employment network.

UNLV Career Services made a presentation on the fundamentals and essentials of a resume and assisted students with hands-on resume building. Additionally, breakout rooms under the direction of the former student-athletes were utilized to assist students in creating and building their resume. A representative from KAPLAN Test Prep held a breakout session to inform and prepare potential graduate students on the graduate school admissions process, entrance exams and services provided by KAPLAN.

This program concluded the spring 2013 R.E.B.S. programming, which also showcased the all student-athlete Peak Performance Part II: Mental Skills & Toughness Training Workshop in February.

The R.E.B.S. program is coordinated by Marissa Nichols who is directly supported and supervised by Dr. Lisa Kelleher for Student-Athlete Affairs programming.

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