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Student Athletes

The Career Development Center team recognizes that you as a student athlete have many demands on your time - class, practice, training, competition, and preparing for life after Appalachian. You have developed a set of unique skills that are transferable from your athletic experience such as teamwork, communication, time management, and resiliency. Employers know this and actively seek to hire student athletes.

The Career Development Center is here to help you with your career exploration, planning and execution. We offer career exploration and assessments, career coaching, resume and cover letter workshops, and support if you are applying to graduate or professional schools. Below are resources that will benefit you as you explore your career options and refine your plans for what comes after graduation.

It's important for us students and student athletes to take advantage of the Career Development Center here on campus. It provides many resources and opportunities that will not only help us get our feet into the doors of the careers and industries that we wish to pursue but will also prepare us to be successful once we enter the real work field after college.
- Elijah Diarrassouba, Class 2020

Career Exploration

Choosing a major and a career path can be challenging when we have many interests. Meeting with a career coach can help with narrowing down your choices and help you choose a major that aligns best with your values, interests, and passions. Logging into Handshake is the first step; set up your account and make an appointment to begin the career exploration process.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Resumes and cover letters are a great way to showcase and highlight your experiences on and off the field, court, and track. Employers want to see the experiences that are meaningful to student athletes and that make them qualified for the position! Here is an example of a resume student athletes could use.

Cover letters are crafted based on your experiences and the individual job or internship you are applying for. You are welcome to have your cover letter reviewed at our Career Studio or you can schedule an appointment with your career coach in Handshake.

Internship and Job Searches

Your first step in your internship or job search is to complete your profile in Handshake and learn how to search Handshake for positions appropriate to your skills and experiences and that are of interest to you. Your LinkedIn Profile is also critical to your job search success. Check out our Career Meetup videos on YouTube for tips on using LinkedIn. Finally, never underestimate the power of your network — friends, family, faculty, staff, and others you meet as a college athlete. 70% of all jobs that people get can be attributed to personal networking.

Below are job search resources specific to student athletes:

NCAA: After the Game Career Center: Student athletes can search for entry-level, midlevel, and executive positions in various industries that have been connected by the NCAA.

NCAA Career Market: A database that is updated with both internships and career opportunities that relate specifically to careers in college athletics.

NACDA & Affiliates Job Center: Another database that is updated with both internships and career opportunities that relate specifically to careers in college athletics. A community resource for those exploring professional and educational opportunities in fields related to sports, health, and wellness.

Jennifer Perry

Meet Jennifer

Jennifer Perry is one of our Career Coaches who also works with student athletes. Her background in recruiting, human resources, and personal financial management has provided her with a wealth of real world experience and tools to assist student athletes develop their career goals.

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Robert Carlisle

Meet Robert

Robert Carlisle serves as the Director of Student-Athlete Development, and his role is to ensure that all our student athletes are prepared for life after Appalachian State. This is accomplished through various life skills and career development programs specifically targeted to our student athletes.

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Life Skills

Our aim is to prepare our student athletes for life after App State. Our Life Skills programming is designed to equip you with the tools you need to be the best man, woman, mother, father, neighbor and overall citizen you can be. Programs cover various topics to include: social justice, financial literacy, mental wellness, amongst others.

Bridging the Gap Series (Part 1): In an effort to help bring some unity between our community and law enforcement, we have started the Bridging The Gap Podcast Series. We will sit down with members of our Black Student-Athlete Association and members of local law enforcement to have various conversations. Our hope is that these conversations lead to relationships being built, so that as a community we see our officers and more than a badge and they can see us as more than just a potential suspect.

Hear from Chief Andy Le Beau and Sgt. Matt Stevens from the Boone Police Department as they have a conversation with Daryn Armstrong from the App State volleyball team and Elijah Diarrassouba from the App State football team about interactions with law enforcement and the community.

Bridging the Gap Series (Part 2): Part two of the series features Peighton Simmons (Track & Field) and Officer Cashae Baker Cook of the App State PD. The conversation gives us an insight into who Officer Cook is and her experience as a black female officer in Boone. You can listen to the podcast at the link below.

Voter Education & Registration Presentation: Hear from Matthew Snyder, Director of the Watauga County Board of Elections, as he speaks about the voting process, its importance, and how to register to vote.

Why Your Mental Health Matters Presentation: Hear from Dr. Evelyn Hunter as she discusses the importance of mental health with the Black Student-Athlete Association.

BSAA Female Student-Athlete Alumnae Panel: Former Mountaineers, Tiffani Johnson (women's basketball), Nicole Morgan (field hockey), and Michaela McGriff (women's track & field) discuss their experience at App State, and how those experiences has helped them thrive professionally.

BSAA More Than An Athlete Panel: Student-athletes across various sports discuss their experience at App State.

Other Resources

'Career Strategy 101 for Student Athletes' Career Meetup: Learn how student athletes can take advantage of our services, including resume prep, job search strategy, career prep, salary negotiation, and more.

'Why We Hire Student Atheletes' Career Meetup: In this panel discussion, hear from employers about why they actively seek to hire AppState student athletes.

Career Readiness Handbook: This guide helps students identify specific skills to develop a career path towards experiential opportunities and while promoting career readiness as a student and beyond.

Handshake: Handshake serves as our online career services portal that provides easy access to job and internship postings, on-campus recruiting, career fairs, employer contact information and scheduling coaching appointments. It connects current students and alumni with potential employers to help build meaningful careers.

BCNC Mountaineers Rise: A program about empowering student athletes and preparing them to be world-class leaders.

Article of Encouragement: An article about a new study showing that college athletes tend to have better academic, personal, and professional than nonathletes.