NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University Career Development Center announced that the TSU Student-Athletes placed third in the 2014 Reverse Career Fair.
In athletics, the goal is not only to be successful in competition but also to prepare the student athletes for life after college. With the competitive nature of the work force it is imperative that career development be a part of the educational experience.
The third annual Reverse Career Fair was designed to do just that. The event, held on Thursday, Feb. 20 in Kean Hall, featured more than 40 corporate attendees and gave the student-athletes an opportunity to impress potential employers. The students had their resumes in hand and practiced making 60-second pitches about themselves while engaging in conversations about employment opportunities.
"This is a dynamic idea that our Professional Development Coordinator, Tina Reed, proposed a few years ago and we now consider it a capstone event for students in terms of professional development,” commented Karon L. Uzzell-Baggett, TSU Career Development Center Director. “The students are in charge of manning the tables at this career fair and eliciting the attention of employers. Students are stepping outside their comfort zones and performing well."
On Friday Feb. 28, the TSU Development Center recognized the student organizations that received the highest ratings during the Reverse Career Fair. Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity claimed the top prize while second place went to the Generation of Educated Men. TSU Student-Athletes rounded out the winners by placing third.
“I am very pleased to see the efforts of our staff and our student-athletes be rewarded by being rated one the top three student organizations participating in the Reverse Career Fair,” said TSU Athletics Director Teresa Phillips.
By the end of the event, the TSU student-athletes had earned a number of great opportunities to secure employment and internships from top-notch companies.