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Fast Track preps students for job market

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Fast Track preps students for job market

Junior and senior Razorback student-athletes participated in the career development version of speed dating on Monday night.  During Fast Track, student-athletes each had the opportunity to spend several minutes interviewing with local employers before moving on to the next.  At the end of the event, the students were able to practice their networking skills by going and introducing themselves to the employers they didn’t have a chance to meet or employers that they wanted to follow up with. 

Overall, twenty seven student-athletes from volleyball, men’s track and field, football, swimming and diving, men’s tennis, gymnastics, women’s golf, volleyball, and men’s basketball participated in the event. 

Senior men’s track and field student-athlete Eric Fernandez and senior gymnast Amy Borsellino were pleased with the program and excited to network and interview with companies from the area.  “Anytime you are in a welcoming environment, it’s a great opportunity to build your professional network,” said Fernandez. “It was also a really good opportunity to work on my interview skills and build my confidence,” added Borsellino.

Companies that participated included Northwest Arkansas Naturals, RazorTemps, J.B. Hunt, Tyson Foods, Cameron Smith & Associates, Cintas, Stout Executive Firm, Octagon, Office Team, Sam’s/Wal-Mart, and Arkansas Support Network.

Clint Reed, college recruiter for Tyson Foods, commented that he was happy to help prepare the student-athletes because he knows how stressful finding and internship or full-time position can sometimes be.  “At our company, almost every entry level position at our company is filled with an intern,” said Reed.  “So, it’s very important to have the skills to secure a good internship and do a good job while you are there.”

The next Razorback Career Development program takes place on Wednesday, February 27when the student-athletes will participate in an onsite visit to local television station, KNWA.



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