Athletes

As a student athlete, you have a set of unique skills and experiences that are highly sought after by employers. The Career & Professional Development Center is dedicated to assisting you in communicating your athletic experience and preparing you for your future career. We offer athletes a variety of services including individual career coaching appointments and events/workshops/presentations on topics ranging from career exploration and job application materials to preparing to graduate school.

Did you know you have access to a Career Coach? Your coach can help you define your career goals, assist with finding a job/internship, aid in the graduate school application process, and give feedback and advice on resumes/cover letters and interviewing skills.

Meet with a Career Coach to set up an in-person, video, phone, or e-mail appointment.

Not sure what you want to do after graduation? Check out our online career exploration resource, or reach out to your Career Coach for some help!

Having a hard time writing your resume or cover letter? Click on the resources below to get started and reach out to your Career Coach for some feedback!

Athlete Transferable Skills
  • Communication
  • Time Management
  • Self-Motivation
  • Detail-Orientation
  • Analytical/Strategic
  • Goal-Oriented
  • Ability to Take Criticism
  • Leadership
  • Commitment
  • Confidence
  • Competitiveness

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules regulate contact between representative of athletics interests (boosters) and current Utah student-athletes as well as their families and friends. A representative of athletics interests (booster) is defined as an individual or organization who:

  • Has participated in or is a member of an agency or organization as described that promotes the University of Utah intercollegiate athletics program;
  • Has made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of the University of Utah;
  • Has been requested by the athletics department staff to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes or is assisting in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
  • Has assisted or is assisting in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes; or
  • Is otherwise involved in promoting the University of Utah athletics program.

In general, a representative of athletics interests (booster) may not provide anything or make special arrangements for Utah student-athletes, or their friends or families that are not available to the general student population.

Boosters are prohibited from the following:

  • Providing direct or Indirect academic assistance;
  • Providing room and/or board or transportation for a student-athlete with eligibility remaining,
  • Entertaining student-athletes or their friends or relatives other than an occasional home meal pre-approved by the University of Utah Office of Athletics Compliance,
  • Using the name or picture of a current student-athlete to promote a commercial product or service,
  • Providing the use of an automobile to a student-athlete for any purpose,
  • Providing an award or gift to a student-athlete
  • Purchasing complimentary admissions from a current student-athlete, or provide an honorarium for a speaking engagement.

 

It is permissible for alumni and boosters to employ current student-athletes. Compensation must be based on work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in the locality for services of like character. Earnings may not be based on the publicity, reputation, or notoriety generated from the student-athlete’s athletics ability.

Please note the following restrictions regarding the employment of student-athletes:

  • Employers may not advertise a student-athlete’s employment to generate extra business, nor may they use a student-athlete’s name or picture to advertise, promote, or recommend the sale or use of any commercial product or service.
  • A student-athlete cannot endorse a company or employer through public advertising mediums.
  • Student-athletes cannot be provided with any benefits not provided to other employees. This includes the use of vehicles, transportation to or from work, meals, loans, advances, or time off with pay.
  • Any employment arrangement must be approved by the University of Utah Office of Athletics Compliance.
  • A timecard must be kept for all student-athletes you employ.
  • Student-athletes may not be paid using cash; check and direct deposit are acceptable forms of payment.

Looking for some practical experience? Check out our Job Search Tools and Internship Resources, or ask your Career Coach!

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Applying to graduate school? Come to our Graduate School Fair, check out our online resources, or talk it over with your Career Coach!

Check out the variety of information and resources available to you and your team through the Athletic Department’s Academic Services. Interested in learning about any of the topics below? Reach out to Ashley Lear at alear@huntsman.utah.edu with your request!

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