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Monarchs Sharpen Skills at Inaugural Career Combine Training Camp

September 25, 2017
By ODU Athletics

Norfolk, Va. - Over 100 Old Dominion University junior and senior student-athletes filed into the North Café on Wednesday night, ready to hit the ground running at the first-ever Career Combine Training Camp. The event was split into two sessions and held in preparation for the Monarch Career Combine, which will take place on Nov. 7 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

The event featured presentations from the ODU Student-Athlete Development team as well as a special guest presentation from the Office of Career Development Services. Throughout the evening, students engaged in resume building, networking, elevator speeches, and job selection processes.

One of the main focuses of the night was improving the communication skills necessary to network and interact with future employers. Sana Tufail, a senior women’s golfer, felt the practice was very beneficial.

A speech pathology and audiology major, Tufail was not shy in volunteering for several speaking opportunities in front of the group, which encouraged others to step up to the plate as well.

“I enjoyed the interactive activities where people were given the chance to practice their elevator speeches, as it helped simulate situations they might experience when going for a job interview,” Tufail said.

Other students also appreciated the opportunity to polish their speaking skills.

“My favorite part was the elevator pitch segment. I enjoyed learning how to present myself in less than 30 seconds and also enjoyed seeing how other people do it,” Football senior Rob Thompson said.

Presentations by the Office of Career Development Services focused on teaching student-athletes how to utilize skills gained through athletics into their professional careers and job searches. Senior rower Zoe Berberich felt she gained valuable information for transitioning into her professional career upon graduation.

“This combine taught me how to include the skills that I have developed as a student-athlete and will greatly assist in presenting myself as the most qualified candidate for any job position,” said Berberich, who will graduate in May.

Additionally, student-athletes were given the opportunity to register for the exclusive “Professional Prospects” competition that will take place prior to the main Career Combine event. The group, which was limited to 15 participants, will be scored on their business attire, resume, elevator speech and interviewing skills.

Thompson, who will earn his MBA in May, will take part in the “Professional Prospects” competition and was very pleased overall with the training event. Thompson was appreciative of the experience.

"The Career Combine was an amazing experience that allowed me to think about my next step in life with a positive light. Having the Career Development Center representatives there helped also me learn more about all of the employment aid opportunities the university offers. Overall I was happy to attend such a well put together event.”

The competition-style career fair will be hosted on Nov. 7 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in the Big Blue Room at 6pm and will offer student-athletes the opportunity to have face-to-face interactions with local employers.

Employers interested in attending can contact Lamarr Pottinger, Director of Student-Athlete Development, at odusdpride@gmail.com for more information or questions about the Career Combine.

Employers who would to register may do so by clicking the registration link below:

Career Combine Registration Form

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