Below are blog entries from football’s Brian Buehner and men’s basketball’s Kikko Haydar discussing their experiences at the 2013 NCAA Career in Sports Forum
Earlier this June, I was given the opportunity to represent the University of Arkansas Athletic department at the 2013 Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis, Ind. Over the course of the four days, we were given the chance to expand our knowledge, ask important questions and extensively network. The NCAA brought together 300 student-athletes from a myriad of Division I, II and III, athletic programs under one roof to help us pave a pathway to a successful career.
Although the program was geared towards student-athletes who want to pursue a career in coaching or administration, the program was equally beneficial to those who are planning careers in law, business, or medicine. It served as a great platform to enhance your professional skills in the areas of resume building, interview skills, networking with other student-athletes and having the experience of representing a large institution. Since I plan to pursue a career in business, I made sure to still reap the rewards of the trip to Indianapolis.
I returned to Arkansas after a fulfilling trip filled with more knowledge than when I departed. I learned the NCAA is not only composed of strong leaders and role models for young student-athletes, but also it is filled with amazing youthful-talent that exceeds the skill levels in their respective sports. All the athletes at the convention showed the passion and desire for success in the future to become a great professional. The attributes of hard work, leadership, and resilience fortified in sports programs was evident in the student-athletes who participated in Indianapolis. These personal characteristics will help constitute the future generation of coaches and administrators for collegiate sports.
I was proud to be a Razorback and represent our institution, and thankful to the NCAA for the opportunity to become better educated and sharpen my professional skill sets.
Brian Buehner My experience at the NCAA Career in Sports Forum was wonderful. I was able to learn about writing résumés, marketing myself, networking, and the little tricks of the trade. I was also able to interact with and ask questions to many guest speakers that were highly successful in the sports world. I cannot put a price tag on my experience and have no doubt that if I decide to pursue a career in sports that this conference will help me in that endeavor. Also, I would like to say that the University of Arkansas does a great job with career building for its student-athletes. Many of the exercises we did at the forum I had already done with leadership academy and Hogs in Transition as a freshman. It was refreshing to realize the investment our university has made to the future careers of its student athletes. In conclusion, I am so thankful for the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis, Ind., and share a few days with athletes from all over the country and learn how to better myself and become successful once ‘the ball stops bouncing.’ I made friendships that I believe will last a long time and made contacts through networking that will no doubt impact my future.