April 16, 2010
By Andrew Woerpel
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The CSU athletic department and the Varsity Athletes Club this week organized a two-part career day program for every current student-athlete. The event took place Tuesday night in Moby Arena.
The first part of the program featured speaker Katy Piotrowski, M.Ed., a senior-level, masters-degreed career counselor with 17 years experience in resume writing and job interviewing techniques. She is the founder of Career Solutions Group (formerly JobWorks), author of The Career Coward's Guide to Interviewing, The Career Coward's Guide to Changing Careers, The Career Coward's Guide to Resumes, The Career Coward's Guide to Job Searching, and The Career Coward's Guide to Career Advancement, and has authored the Fort Collins Coloradoan career advice column, "On the Job" since 1994.
Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk also addressed the student-athletes before Piotrowski got things started. He reiterated what an opportunity this was for each of them and how important an education really is, especially when pertaining to a job search.
“Neither of my parents graduated from college, so I really value my education,” Kowalczyk said.
The second part the career day program featured an interactive exchange between a select group of alumni-athletes that are now working in the private sector, and an audience of student-athletes that will soon to be entering the job force. The alumni-athletes answered a series of questions, which were written by the student-athletes, designed to highlight the panel’s experiences in making the transition from student-athlete to job -seeker. All of the student-athletes provided very positive feedback and had some important questions answered.
Those in the panel: Jonathan Boyd, a former football player, David Fischer, a former basketball player, Kittie Hook, a former basketball player, Eddie Hughes, a former basketball player, Joe Mudd, a former baseball player, and Katherine Pettit, a former volleyball player.
Each former athlete on the panel remarked that the career day is an advantage for current student-athletes because no one on the panel had that sort of an opportunity.
“Our career center was literally a table in a room,” speaker Joe Mudd explained.
After the panel concluded, the student-athletes had the chance to use the tips given to them and visit with all the different companies that came to the career fair.
Organizations in attendance included: Northwestern Mutual, Nelligan Sports Marketing, Gallo Wines, Otterbox, Clear Channel, Target, Poudre School District, Marriott, Eli Lilly, the CSU Career Center, the CSU Graduate School, Columbine Health System, Peace Corps, NoCo 5 TV, Rebound Sports and Physical Therapy, and Wells Fargo Bank.
The Varsity Athletes Club plans to work with the athletic department to make the career day an annual event for CSU athletes, giving them a wider range of opportunities when it comes to life after athletics.