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Student-Athlete Development Doubleheader Wraps Up Successful January

February 01, 2018
By ODU Athletics

Norfolk, Va. – The Old Dominion University Student-Athlete Development program closed out a strong first month of the Spring 2018 semester with a sophomore/junior doubleheader Wednesday night. The Monarchs welcomed Rob Youngblood as the featured presenter for the department’s annual LinkedIn Workshop for junior student-athletes at the Webb Center. Across campus, sophomore student-athletes participated in the Resume RUSH, co-sponsored with ODU Career Development Services (CDS). Between the two events, nearly 200 Monarch student-athletes participated in the valuable sessions.

Youngblood led a hands-on session Wednesday afternoon with a select group of student-athletes for more hands-on training, prior to presenting two larger group sessions Wednesday evening. Youngblood is based out of Richmond, Virginia, and has tremendous experience providing leadership and professional development training with businesses, individuals, and students across the state. The focus of the LinkedIn Workshop was on leveraging LinkedIn for students to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Through basic training, Youngblood explored the ins and outs of LinkedIn and provided clarity on how to create a successful profile in order to grow students’ networks. Students were exposed to different strategies on how to brand themselves professionally and how to build trust and credibility. He also provided education on utilizing the many resources within LinkedIn as well as taking advantage of on-campus resources. By the end of the session, student-athletes walked out motivated to build off of the session and begin growing their networks for future employment opportunities.

Across campus at the LR Hill Sports Complex, sophomore student-athletes were busy learning about the necessary steps to prepare their resumes. Partnering with ODU CDS, the event provided a brief presentation followed by hands-on activities.

Bev Forbes, Interim Director for Career Development Services, led an interactive presentation called “Myths vs. Realities” which covered several areas of resume building. Students actively participated to learn about areas such as how long resumes should be, resume templates and designs, and other key aspects of the process. The session helped dispel common myths about the resume process and gave students concrete information on building a strong resume foundation.

Following the presentation, student-athletes split up into two groups. Students with existing resumes were able to fine-tune their resume individually with the CDS staff. Students without a resume were able to work with the CDS staff to complete a worksheet that helped them categorize their experiences and accomplishments and were given examples on how to put it together to create the perfect resume.

The month of February will focus on senior student-athlete development as the next event will be a Financial Literacy presentation on Wednesday, February 7. Later in the month, seniors will be able to take part in mock interviews with local employers on Wednesday, February 28.


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