Resources for Student Athletes
boston college career center
If you are a student athlete preparing to enter the job market, it is important to remember that the skills and values you have gained over a lifetime of competing and mastering a sport are applicable and marketable in your search for a career.
You are part of a unique group of people who had the opportunity to be student-ambassadors for Boston College while at school and these experiences and responsibilities will prove vital in finding a job where your skills and interests are able to align.
Getting Started with the Career Center
All BC students can schedule advising appointments with the Career Center at any stage of their career exploration process. Career advisors are available to help students during the early stages of their career discovery – helping them to investigate different career paths, explore career opportunities geared toward different majors, and identify their skills, values, and interests. Additionally, the Career Center offers advising appointments to help guide students through the process of starting their careers once they have identified areas of interest. During these appointments, students can explore different fields or industries, search for internships and full time positions, and prepare for the interview and job acceptance process. Appointments can be made through EagleLink.
We encourage students to have a resume drafted before making an appointment with the Career Center. If you’re not sure how to create a resume, please stop in during our drop-in hours. Drop-ins take place both in the Career Center and across campus. You can view the drop-in schedule here.
- Best listed in the “experience” section if you didn’t hold a job or summer internship while during your time as a student-athelete, otherwise it belongs in the “activities” section.
- Include sport, years played, accomplishments, time devoted to training, and academic honors/awards
- If you received a full athletic scholarship, you may list it as one of your accomplishments.
- Use action words to describe the skills you’ve gained from participating in collegiate athletics (leadership skills, teamwork, time management, communication skills, commitment, and etc.).
- Strong ability to manage time and priorities; balanced varsity athletics and school
- Teamwork skills developed through varsity sports
- Excellent leadership and communication skills as a team captain
- Disciplined and responsible – demonstrated through athletic and academic success
What does being an athlete say about you as a job candidate?
- You’re accountable for yourself and your goals, but you are also used to working as part of a team.
- You can balance academics and sports, and you’re used to managing your time.
- You have a strong work ethic and are dedicated to your goals.
- You’re used to the public spotlight, as well as the pressure and scrutiny that come with it.
- You have good mentoring and leadership skills, especially as a captain.
- You’re proficient with team dynamics and dealing with different personality types.
- You have mental toughness and are able to handle let-down and defeat.
Sample Resume Entry
Varsity Hockey Team, Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
- Excellent skills in time management and prioritizing responsibilities
- Developed commitment to a strong work ethic
- Strong communication skills; commended on building team morale
- Assisted team in winning Bean Pot (2012)
The Career Center holds a Diversity & Student Leadership Reception every fall semester to which all student athletes will receive an invitation. At the reception, students will get a chance to meet one-on-one with recruiters who are looking for a diverse candidate pool of student leaders.
The Student Athlete Career Forum, sponsored by Athlete Network, takes place early in the spring semester each year.
Student athletes possess unique skills such as teamwork, leadership, responsibility, competition, prioritization, and dependability. All of these skills can translate into any career field and are worth mentioning on a resume or in an interview.
Yes, when talking to employers you need to effectively package and market yourself in order to demonstrate all of the soft skills (skills mentioned above) that you have developed as a student athlete. The skills gained through the the work you’ve done as a student athlete can directly relate to the skills for which employers are looking.
You have made a commitment to Boston College and your sport, and most employers are aware of this. As a student athlete, you have experienced many successes and failures along the way, but the very fact you have remained committed to succeeding at a prestigious university as part of a Division I sports team shows your ability and ambition. Be sure to make this commitment clear on your resume and during the interview process.
In order to stand out to employers, reach out to them and introduce yourself. Make sure to show employers why you are interested in the company and, most importantly, demonstrate the skills that you have learned through your commitment to athletics. You can communicate with employers about the extent of your time commitments as a student athlete and, most of the time, you’ll find that employers are excited to hire student athletes. Employers are often very receptive when a student takes the initiative to introduce him or herself and goes out of his or her way to show interest in a position.
Organizations for Student Athletes
Please take a look at some of the organizations for student athletes below. Joining campus organizations is a great way to connect with your peers and expose you to additional professional development opportunities.