Former Student-Athlete

Graduates – NCAA After the Game is here for you

The NCAA supported you on the field, in the classroom and now in life. Valuable resources tailored with you in mind await – a career center connecting you to employers who value the traits learned through college sports, and a former student-athlete network on LinkedIn to jumpstart your professional connections.

Money talk: Are you ready to negotiate?

You are new to the employment team, so learn as much about your new job as quickly as you can. It may be the bottom rung on the corporate ladder, but it is the “first cut” on your way to a successful career.

The elevator speech: It really is all about you

Make a positive and lasting first impression by nailing down your elevator speech.

Networking: It really does work

In good news for both current and former student-athletes, data shows most successful job hunts occur as a result of networking.

Setting Up Your Digital Game Plan

You picked a major, studied hard and earned your degree, all while competing in sports at a high level. Now it is time to conquer the biggest competition ahead: the working world.

Billy Mills: Hero to Native Americans and Olympians everywhere

Billy Mills began life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His Lakota name, “Makoce Te’hila,” means “Loves His Country” or, more traditionally, “Respects the Earth.” Orphaned by age 13, he faced poverty and discrimination but drew strength from running. Nothing has stopped him since.

Whitey Kapsalis: Working on a dream

Even when Paul “Whitey” Kapsalis’ dream came true, it was still a work in progress.

Sandra Magnus: Soaring to new heights

Magnus took the value of teamwork learned on the soccer field to outer space when she boarded the space shuttle Atlantis for its final mission in 2011.

Jim Crane: From the ball diamond to the board room and back

Crane’s success has gone full circle, starting on the baseball diamond at University of Central Missouri to now being the owner and chairman of the Houston Astros.

Gene Smith: Five things I’ve learned

Gene Smith, a widely recognized leader in college athletics, shares lessons that catapulted him to the top of his profession.

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