Career Athletes Offers Current and Former Zags Career Support


Gonzaga's Athletic Department and Career Athletes have recently agreed to a partnership providing student-athletes a truly unique resource for career development.

Over the past 10 years, Career Athletes has conducted over 800 training and development seminars at universities throughout the country providing much needed career education for over 250,000 student-athletes. In addition to their proprietary training and development seminars, Career Athletes builds and maintains customized career networking web sites for individual university athletic departments providing additional career education, mentors, access to career opportunities and potential employers upon graduation, and a platform to connect with athletic alumni who are encouraged to join the network as mentors and/or job seekers.

Career Athletes is the leading provider of a wide range of dedicated career development services and software within collegiate athletics. Since the inception of our roots back in 1998-to-date, athletes in every sport, from over 1,200 individual colleges and universities nationwide, have utilized Career Athletes as a valuable tool in their transition from athletics to the workplace.

Career Athletes possesses the largest member based community of current/alumni student-athletes, representing a growing legion of athletes, athletic departments and hundreds of national, regional and local employers. Today, our on-campus training and development seminars to student-athletes are the most relied upon in the nation, with over 800 seminars conducted and over 250,000 student-athletes educated on-campus within college athletic departments at the NCAA, NAIA and Junior Colleges level.

Career Athletes mission is to continue building a national community of college athletic departments, alumni mentors and employers that work in concert to provide improved career training and communication tools that better prepares and assists current and former student-athletes in their transition from a lifetime of competitive athletics to the working world.

Three membership opportunities are available within Career Athletes, serving current athletes, student-athlete alum, and alumni who wish to serve as mentors. Current and former athletes share access to the services offered by Career Athletes. Opportunities also exist for student-athlete alum who are interested in serving as mentors for current and former Zags.

         CURRENT ATHLETES                               FORMER ATHLETES                             MENTORS     

Current Student-Athletes
Here are some of the ways you can directly benefit from Gonzaga's partnership with Career Athletes:
• Connect to a mentor and seek the valuable expertise of alumni professionals in your field
• Instantly contact alumni community members who have also joined the network
• Exclusive connection to more than 350 employers and organizations looking to hire alumni athletes
• Access the career resource center and a virtual career coach to help with resume writing and interview preparation
• Over 2,000 national career opportunities for former college athletes of all majors and backgrounds
• Entry, Mid, and Executive level positions available from many of the nation's largest employers
• Exposure to more than 10 years of best practices with regards to career and skills-training

Career Athletes will be on campus April 12 and 13 conducting career development seminars and offering individual career planning for current student-athletes.

Former Student-Athletes

In upholding Gonzaga Athletics and its Life Skills Program's commitment to career development of current and former Zags, student-athlete alum share the same opportunities and access to Career Athletes as current student-athletes. Former student-athletes also have the option of serving as mentors by giving back to Gonzaga and guiding current and former student-athletes in their career pursuits.

Mentors

What is a Career Mentor?

You have the experience. Now share your wisdom. As a former Zag, you recognize the significant personal characteristics that athletes bring to the workplace. Now is your chance to give back to a current or former Gonzaga athlete about to embark on their newest challenge: transitioning from competitive athletics to the workplace. If you've successfully transitioned from being a career athlete to becoming a professional in your industry, you can help other Zags put their unique skill sets to use in the workplace like you did.

Career Mentoring by someone who knows what it takes to have been a successful collegiate athlete is the # 1 asset that helps student-athletes transition successfully from sports to business. Becoming a Career Athletes mentor to Gonzaga student-athletes will be a step you take that will afford many Zags an invaluable service....athletes who once like you needed to make that difficult transition post-playing days. If you are a women or a member of a minority population, it is even more important to help these young men and women absorb the wisdom and perspective that you possess.

It's quite easy, really....just tell us about yourself: your sport, your career path, your availability. Career Athletes will pair you with an athlete from your alma mater whose interests and background matches yours. Put your wisdom to work for a fellow athlete. Create your account today in just a few minutes. As a member of the Career Athletes network, you have the power to shape the future of our current athletes. If your company is interested in posting job opportunities that reach our athletes on any one or all of our teams, we welcome you too leverage our incredible pool of talent for your own company. Temporary, part-time, internships, holiday, hourly, seasonal, or full-time jobs can be posted simply and directly....and all registrations on our athletic career network are secure, password protected and can be accessed at anytime through the Internet.

Mentor FAQ

Contact Louise Torgerson, Life Skills Coordinator, at torgerson@athletics.gonzaga.edu or 509.313.4282 for any questions or for more information.