This past weekend, four Mitchell College student-athletes attended a program hosted by the New England Collegiate Conference at Becker College.
The two-day program—fittingly entitled NECC: Navigating and Empowering through Collegiate Careers—was aimed at female and ethnic minority student-athletes who wish to pursue a career in collegiate athletics. A total of 29 student-athletes attended the program, all from current or future NECC member institutions. Representing the Mariners were seniors Ashleigh Beauford, Colizel Lewis, Tiana Edwards and Brayvon Young.
Julie Muller, Senior Associate with the 3foldgroup and former NAC Commissioner, served as the emcee for the weekend. Throughout the event, student-athletes attended sessions from various athletics professionals. The session topics included the History of the NCAA, Resume and Cover Letter 101, DiSC assessment and panels of speakers from different athletics areas.
"I'm grateful that I was invited to attend the program," said Lewis, a member of the Mitchell men's basketball team this past season. "I got to socialize and build connections with other student-athletes from other institutions within our conference. I learned about the different job opportunities there are in college athletics and some of the routes you can take. I met some great people who provided wonderful insight of how to network and build your resume. The experience has given me valuable tools that will make my transition from a student-athlete to a professional a little easier."
"I am so happy that I was a part of this program," said Beauford, a four-year letterwinner on the women's basketball team. "I received so much information that I can use to help with getting a job and my future school and/or work experience."
"One key point that I picked up was that 'your network is your net worth'," said Young, a four-year member of the men's basketball team. "In order to keep moving up in life you will always need connections, and the relationships you build with people will go a long way."
"We learned a number of things having to do with leadership skills and applying them for career opportunities," said Edwards, a four-year letterwinner on the women's soccer team. "What stood out to me, and I'm sure the others as well, was when we discussed using your athletic career and applying it to your resume. With most people's playing careers ending after college, it's important to remember that the skills that were learned and developed should be applied to our resumes. Skills and traits developed on the field can also be applied in the work place."