SWCD Holds “Backpack to Briefcase” Workshop

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - On Wednesday, Student Welfare and Career Development hosted the “Backpack to Briefcase - How to Network” Workshop at the University Career Center & The President’s Promise. The workshop shared tips and suggestions for student-athletes interested in learning how to network with prospective employers.

In addition, it included invaluable lessons, focusing on presentation skills and the ability to effectively communicate a 60-second elevator pitch for meetings and interviews with potential employers. The event is designed to aid student-athletes in preparing for the upcoming University “Fall Career & Internship Fair” on Sept. 24-26 from noon to 5 p.m. at Comcast Center as well as the “Networking Event at the Fall Career & Internship Fair” at Heritage Hall on Sept. 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Among the guest speakers were administrators from the University community and included Sadie Edmonds (talent acquisition manager, Enterprise), Corin Gioia (assistant director, programming and advising, department of fraternity and sorority life) and Ziz Abdur-Ra’oof (director, student welfare career development) with Maryland athletics.

I thought it was a great event,” said Edmonds. “It was great to see students interested in how to prepare for their future.  These students have a lot to offer an employer and using the tips shared in the program last night will help them make a great impression on the companies and organizations next week at the networking event.”  

Thea LaFond, a junior on the women’s track team, who also qualified for the NCAA Championship last spring, shared how much she enjoyed the workshop.

“It really honed in on the little things that make a big difference in a professional setting. Who knew that something as simple as feet position could make such a big difference in how you are perceived by potential employers.”

Abdur-Ra’oof, who is also a former student-athlete and lettered with the University of Maryland football team, appreciates and understands the importance of these workshops.

"As a former student-athlete, I understand the importance of attending these programs. This an important workshop that will help our student-athletes prepare for life after college. It helps to establish a foundation that they can continue to build upon during their time at the University of Maryland.”