BABSON PARK, Mass.—Several Babson College student-athletes and athlete alumni participated in Wednesday night's Undergraduate Center for Career Development (CCD) networking event in the Needham Wellesley Room inside Olin Hall.
Organized by CCD Associate Director Lee Goldstein in conjunction with Athletics staff, the event was open to all varsity student-athletes and was a great opportunity for them to network with former Babson student-athletes in a variety of industries, including investment banking, business development, marketing, and more.
"I thought it was a super successful event," said softball senior Samantha Smith. "Everyone was willing to help in one way or another. It's connections like these that I will be able to leverage during my job search. It was awesome to talk with former student-athletes and see what they are up to since graduating."
"I really enjoyed the opportunity to give back," said Tonya Strange '94, who is a senior marketing manager at Staples and former Babson women's volleyball head coach. "Given the time challenges that student-athletes have, this is a great opportunity for them to connect and network at an event that works within their hectic schedule. I am anxious to hear what the student-athletes thought of the event. I would have benefited from something like this when I was a student-athlete."
Discussions revolved around experience, fit and utilization of skills in the office. There also was conversation on how being a student-athlete assisted alumni in their current roles or land a position through the interview process.
"Having networking events are critical for Babson student-athletes," added Smith. "Many employees are more willing to hire student-athletes because they know they already possess a particular skillset that includes teamwork, collaboration, a strong work ethic and the ability to take direction and accept criticism. There is an understanding of the grind necessary to be successful academically and athletically."
Student-Athletes and Athlete Alumni Participate in Networking Event