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Panthers Prepare for the Future

Jan. 9, 2014

University of Pittsburgh Student Athletes started off the semester at the life skills career-networking event.

Wednesday was an opportunity for student-athletes to interact with various industry professionals and receive feedback on their professional presence, as well as tips on making the best possible first impression. Professionals were available to speak with about career paths, industry, and offer any suggestions on steps to take to get into their industry.

Gordon Reynolds Clark was one of the many professional that was present at the career-networking event. Clark is the Vice Chancellor and chief of staff in the Chancellors office here at the University of Pittsburgh. "Tonight is a great opportunity for these student-athletes, I've been impressed with everyone I had the chance to meet," Clark said.

Some of the professionals available were former student-athletes at Pitt, such as Shawn Robinson. Robinson works for Pittsburgh public schools in the human resources department. He also recently founded Orange Arrow, a non-profit organization that teaches life skills to the youth of Pittsburgh. "Life is all about building relationships and the connections you make," Robinson said. "Tonight is a great way for these student-athletes to start building some relationships and connections that will be important for them in the future."

Lisa Auld, Coordinator of Career and Life Skills for Student-Athletes said, "I feel that the event has been a great success. We had over 90 professionals present representing over 10 different industries. The student-athletes did an awesome job tonight."