Jan. 27, 2012
PITTSBURGH-Over 60 student-athletes participated in Pitt's Etiquette Series/Creating Your Brand. The event was sponsored by the Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program and Compass Business Solutions, Inc. The three-part series focused on career development and etiquette tips to prepare student-athletes upon entering the workforce.
"The purpose of this program is to ensure that over two semesters student-athletes are learning the `do's and don'ts' of how to dress in a situation, the importance of interview etiquette and speaking in a casual setting," Coordinator of Career and Life Skills for Student-Athletes Lisa Auld said.
Each event covered a unique topic and allowed student-athletes to interact with business professionals. During the first session, students gained fashion advice through presentations on proper attire and perception based on one's style. Several coaches and administrators from the athletic department participated in a fashion show featuring business, business casual, cocktail, formal and game day attire.
"This series gave us a broad overview of everything one needs to be successful," Nick Rivers a member of the men's basketball team said. "We learned everything from how to dress, how to present ourselves and the preparation it takes to be ready for an interview."
Part two of the series focused on career search and interview techniques. Presentations covered networking, online job search tips and behavioral interviewing strategies. To practice their new skills, students participated in mock interviews conducted by Compass Business Solutions, Inc.
"We were educated on how to engage in professional conversations when talking to people of higher rank than ourselves," Ronald Sucre a member of the baseball team stated. "It was good to get a clear idea of what is appropriate and what isn't."
The final event covered dining etiquette and how to navigate interviews that take place during meals. The goal of the night was to help each of the student-athletes feel comfortable about the social norms surrounding fine dining.
"I really enjoyed tonight," Megan Hebda a member of women's track and field said. "These are skills that I'll take with me in the future. One lesson I appreciated learning was how to order off the menu. You want to find something priced in the middle, rather than cheap or expensive."