Career Development Center – DeSales University Athletics

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CAREER PLANNING FOR ATHLETES

Just like all the coaches in the athletic department, the Career Development Center has a “Game Plan” for your success before and after graduation. In addition to quality education, employers seek out athletes because of the skillset and experiences they bring to the workforce.  The Career Development team follows employment trends and connects with hiring managers to connect you with opportunities for you to succeed.

No matter where you are in your career journey, we have something for you!  We offer athletes a variety of services including Career Coaching, events/workshops, graduate school/job and internship fairs, mock interviews, resume/cover letter preparation, and connections with DSU Athlete Alumni.

Check out our quick video library on various career topics: CLICK HERE

MEET YOUR CAREER DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Kristin Eicholtz, Executive Director
Melanie Vallone, Assistant Director of Employer and Alumni Relations
Kathy Krause, Coordinator of Experiential Learning (Internships/Externships)
Aubree Hiscox, Career Coach – EMAIL Aubree

CAREER COACHING
Your career goals are all your own.  The Career Development Team can help you craft a career plan that’s as individual as you are.  To schedule an appointment with your Career Coach contact the Career Development Center at 610-282-1100 ext. 1738 or email at career@desales.edu.
 
Career Development Athlete Checklist
 
CAREER READINESS
Career readiness of college graduates is of critical importance in higher education, in the labor market, and in the public arena. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has compiled a list of eight competencies. During your journey at DeSales University, it will be to your benefit to develop, enhance, and apply these concepts with the assistance of the Career Development Center.

The 8 NACE Career Readiness Competencies

  • Critical thinking/problem solving
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Career management
  • Oral/written communication
  • Professionalism/work ethic
  • Digital technology
  • Global/intercultural fluency

Career Planning Guide
 
RESUME AND COVER LETTERS
Need assistance writing your cover letter or resume?  Schedule an appointment with the Career Development Center at 610-282-1100 ext. 1738 or email at career@desales.edu or schedule here: https://calendly.com/dsu-career-development

Skills Associated with an Athlete

  • Leadership
  • Discipline
  • Integrity
  • Communication
  • Competitive
  • Time Management
  • Confident
  • Self-Motivated
  • Open to Feedback
  • Analytical/Strategic
  • Goal-Oriented
  • Teamwork

Career Planning Guide

NETWORKING
Networking is an important skill when it comes to uncovering opportunities.  As you look to develop your career, you’ll want to know lots of people in your field and how to interact with potential employers and co-workers. 

The Career Development Center Offers:

  • Career and Internship Fairs
  • Employer Site Visits
  • Employer Info Sessions
  • Alumni Networking Events
  • Etiquette Workshop/Dinner

For more information on upcoming events, see postings outside of Dooling 121 or follow us on social media!
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As always, you can contact the Career Development Center at 610-282-1100 ext. 1738 or email at career@desales.edu.

JOB AND GRADUATE SCHOOL PREPARATION
There are endless career paths you can take after graduating from DeSales, including graduate school or full-time employment. 
 
The Career Development Center is here to help guide you along the way:

  • On-campus interviews
  • Graduate school application assistance
  • Personal statement development
  • Access to job postings and employer contacts
  • Job search assistance
  • Salary negotiation and job acceptance

Schedule an appointment with the Career Development Center at 610-282-1100 ext. 1738 or email at career@desales.edu to prepare for your future.
 
Career Planning Guide

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Your free access to job postings and employer contacts across the US and beyond! See posted on campus/work study jobs, internships and career opportunities. Connect with employers, post your resume, and access DSU Career Center resources and events 24/7.

Career Planning Guide

INTERNSHIPS AND EXTERNSHIPS
Whether you are searching for an internship or externship, the Career Development Center is available to assist you in your search.  Schedule an appointment to meet with the Coordinator of Experiential Learning here: https://calendly.com/kathy-krause or call 610-282-1100 ext. 1738 or email at career@desales.edu.

Internships are hands-on experiences that can help you learn more about different careers, build your resume and develop connections.  Whether paid, unpaid, full-time, part-time for credit or not; internships are essential before graduation.

Externships are short-term shadowing experiences that allow you to learn more about a career field or work environment that could open doors to future opportunities (internships, summer job, etc.).
Bulldogs Coaching Bulldogs

Bulldogs Coaching Bulldogs is our DSU Mentor Program just for student-athletes. Choose from a list of DSU Alumni Athletes, that you can connect with to learn more. Whether you choose to do an informational interview (a conversation with a professional to gather and discuss information about a particular field of interest) or a  job shadow (a single on-site experience that allows you to observe a professional in their workplace), there are so many athlete alumni that are happy to connect with you. If you are interested in connecting with a DSU Bulldog CLICK HERE or contact the Coordinator of Experiential Learning, Kathy Krause, Kathy.Krause@desales.edu or call 610-282-1100 x1792. 
 
Listen to our mentors tell their stories on our Alumni Podcast: Beyond the Tassel
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DSU Alumni, if you would like to be a DSU Mentor or a Bulldog Coaching Bulldogs, you can get more info here or contact Melanie Vallone, Assistant Director, Employer and Alumni Relations melanie.vallone@desales.edu or call 610-282-1100 x-2778

 

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