Feb. 13, 2013
PITTSBURGH- The Pitt Athletics Department hosted its annual Career Network Event on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Petersen Events Center. As part of the Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program, Pitt student-athletes were encouraged to interact with professionals from multiple fields and seek out networking opportunities and gain valuable knowledge on various career fields.!a>
Sophomore, junior and senior student-athletes took advantage of the event, which featured over 80 networkers. The event also included a presentation to the students providing them with the tips that would help make the event a success.
"this annual event allows our student-athletes to be in an environment where they can exercise their professional development training and gain valuable insight on a variety of career fields," said Penny Semaia, Assistant Athletic Director for Student Life.
The professionals in attendance featured a number of Pitt alumni from numerous fields including law, business, graduate schools, medicine and the financial industry.
"I really enjoyed the event and it allowed me to meet representatives from companies I had never even considered as an option," said junior Kimmy Borza of the Pitt tennis team. "By giving us so many choices, it was really easy to make some good connections."
By continuing to show their emphasis on helping student-athletes prepare for life after college, Pitt Athletics brings in companies that fit the profiles the student-athletes want to explore after their graduation.
"I felt really prepared for this year's network event because of all the assistance I've gotten from Life Skills," said junior Matthew Yoklic of the football team. "By participating in all of the Life Skills programs, I feel I can handle any situation I encounter in the real world."