Feb. 12, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Student-athletes from all of UW’s 23 sports took advantage of the 2013 Student-Athlete Career Fair on Monday night at the Kohl Center.
The event, which is in its ninth year, provides student-athletes the opportunity to seek out employers and possibly jobs or internships they might not have thought about before.
Many of the representatives from the companies are also former UW student-athletes. Art Price, who played football at Wisconsin in 1983-84 and is now division chief with the Madison Fire Department, was one of the many former student-athletes on hand at the event.
“We didn’t have this when I was in school,” Price said. “They’re so young they don’t realize how important this is. Even if they’re chasing that dream of being a professional athlete, to actually have that exposure to the options of what they can do after the game is very important. It gives them something to look back on that they might have seen at the career fair and possibly piqued their interest.”
Besides having former student-athletes, the event was also further tailored for the current UW student-athletes by providing extra face time during a dinner.
“Hearing their insights and being able to have the less formal dinner and the booth-talks really helps compared to the bigger career fairs, which can be a bit intimidating,” said Carrie Edmunds, a senior on the women’s track team. “One of the biggest things it helps with is the transition from being an athlete to entering the workforce and knowing that the employers that come here have that understanding.”