University of Southern California

Student-Athlete Academic Services

Health Care, Psychology, Sociology & Social Services Summary

On Tuesday, October 15, six professionals shared their experiences in the fields of health care, psychology, sociology, and social work with current student-athletes as part of the second Athlete Career Transition (ACT) workshop of 2013.

The panelists shared their personal transitions from success in sports to excellence in their careers after athletics. These stories included rough patches and valuable lessons.

For example, former USC football player and Super Bowl Champion Dr. John Michels was inspired to pursue a career in medicine after suffering a sudden career-ending knee injury in the NFL. And Dr. Aimee Diaz provided insight into her work as the Director of the Sports Physical Therapy Residency program where she treats many sports-related injuries.

Whether through occupational therapy or civil service, the panelists’ life journeys made it clear that student-athletes can adapt their passion and skills toward many different meaningful pursuits.

Women’s Track Captain Jenna Puterbaugh said she enjoyed the chance to network one-on-one with the panelists, and Elizabeth Eddy said the workshop was one of the most important programs she had attended because it provided her with the chance to build relationships with new mentors. Panelist Michael Sylvester also thoroughly enjoyed the event, and noted that he will encourage the USC student-athletes he works with to attend future ACT sessions.

Initiated this year by SAAS, the ACT program educates student-athletes on their many unique transferable skills that are highly desirable to future employers. The Fall semester focuses on resume-building and developing industry knowledge, and the Spring schedule then hones in on interviewing and networking skills; job search techniques; and marketing the student-athlete brand.

Along with networking opportunities, student-athletes who fully participate in the program will also receive personalized USC business cards at the end of the Fall semester as well as a USC briefcase in recognition of successfully completing the year’s programming.

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