The USC Athletic Department offers a wide range of career development programming both through the Stevens Academic Center and the USC Career Center. The goals of the programs include helping student-athletes to recognize and market their unique transferrable skills, get involved in the multitude of career development programs available on campus, create a working resume, develop and refine interview skills, and gain internship or work experience as an undergraduate.
Career development is accomplished through Athlete Career Transition(ACT), PHED 165a, PHED 165b, Student-Athlete Career Month, and the USC Career Center. Additional career themed programs, including Career Center tours and resume and interview workshops, are planned throughout the year by team or student-athlete request.
USC student-athletes continually excel in and out of the classroom. Throughout their college career, student-athletes develop many unique transferable skills that are highly desirable to future employees. However, many student-athletes fail to realize and/or market these valuable and unique assets that give them an edge in today’s work place. The purpose of Athlete Career Transition (ACT) is to educate student-athletes on their attributes and how these qualities can be utilized in their future careers.
ACT’s goal is to enhance student-athlete career development through a multi-faceted approach. An educational curriculum is offered including: resume building, networking and interviewing skills, job search techniques, business etiquette, and marketing the student-athlete brand. Networking opportunities with both national and local companies are provided through career panels, etiquette dinners and educational workshops. Student-athletes are encouraged to work with our staff members and the Career Center to obtain summer internships which allow them to gain valuable experience in the particular field that they’re interested in pursuing.
To enroll in the ACT program, student-athletes need to submit their resume and a brief enrollment form to Whitney Rotrock in SAAS. Each semester, student-athletes who participate in the programs outlined below, will receive a career-related gift as incentive.
Fall – Student-athletes will receive personalized USC business cards if they participate in:
- At least one Career Panel
- Career Athletes Career Forum
Spring – Student-athletes will receive a USC briefcase if they participate in:
- A Job Seekers Panel
- ACT Networking and Etiquette Dinner
- Student-Athlete Career Fair
If student-athletes have scheduling conflicts with any of the above dates, they can request to substitute another career-related event (the USC Career Center offers programming on a daily basis) and still be eligible to receive the gift.