Nearly 50 Student-Athletes Attend CCD Athletics Alumni Career Panel

Nearly 50 Student-Athletes Attend CCD Athletics Alumni Career Panel

BABSON PARK, Mass.Nearly 50 Babson College student-athletes attended last week's Undergraduate Center for Career Development (CCD) Athletics Alumni Career Panel in the Reynolds Campus Center. Four alumni returned to campus and spoke on a number of topics, including why student-athletes make great job candidates.

Baseball senior and CCD Peer Career Ambassador Owen Shea (Northborough, Mass.) organized the event alongside CCD Associate Director Lee Goldstein. Men's ice hockey alum Zeke Testa '13 played a significant role in the development of the program while serving as a panelist. He was joined by field hockey's Kim Calhoun '12, men's alpine skiing's Jed Drake '13, and women's cross country's and track & field's Jessica Lack '13.

"The alumni panel served as a great stepping stone to build strong relationships with former and current student-athletes from an Undergraduate Center for Career Development perspective," said Shea. "The alumni are a tool to help student-athletes jumpstart their careers. It is extremely valuable for us to learn from their experiences on the field, in the classroom, and out in the real world."

Testa serves as an account manager for Carbon Black, Calhoun is a buyer for TJX Companies, Drake is employed as an investment analyst for the Boston University Endowment, while Lack works in transaction services as a deals associate at PwC. Among other topics, the four spoke about their current positions, how being a Babson student-athlete set them up for success as professionals, and what current student-athletes can be doing as undergrads to prepare them for the workforce.

Student-athletes from several of Babson's 22 varsity programs were represented. Following the formal portion of the program, the alumni and student-athletes spent time networking and talking about ideas around programming for future career panels.

"It was very helpful to hear how alumni have used both their Babson education and experiences as Babson student-athletes to start their careers," said field hockey senior captain Kelsi McDougle (Hopedale, Mass.). "The insight they offered will assist us as we start to think about life after college."