PHILADELPHIA – Temple women’s tennis player Jamie Wei Recently traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, as the campus’ representative to the NCAA Career in Sports Forum.
In the first week of June, the NCAA held its Career in Sports Forum. This event is an annual educational program that brings together 200 selected NCAA student-athletes to learn about and explore potential careers in sports, particularly college athletics. This unique three-day forum helps student-athletes chart their career paths. Participants network with and learn from current athletics professionals.
A native of Chaiyi, Taiwan, Wei is senior on the women’s team and majors in psychology.
“We have had some amazing speakers that came from all over the country to talk to us, they have shown us passion, determination, belief, positivity, and vulnerability. It is truly amazing to see how nothing is impossible as long as you work hard. and wait for the right opportunities, “expressed Wei. “I had no clue on what to expect from this program before going, but I have had one of the most unforgettable experiences, hearing different perspectives from my fellow D1, D2, and D3 student-athletes is a life-changing experience. I have grown so much from this event, everyone was so open to listen, learn, share, this has ultimately brought a new community together, I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us. I feel an immense amount of gratitude to have been selected as one of 200 student-athletes and have learned so much from this opportunity. “
Notable speakers covered relevant topics to help prepare attendees for success navigating their futures. The topics to be covered included self-awareness and its role in professional development; practical approaches to the sports job search; personal branding; developing a career plan; managing yourself as a professional in the sports industry. Through panels, engaging breakout discussions, keynote presentations and facilitated dialogues, program participants walk away from their experience with a thorough understanding of athletics as a career path and where they fit into the industry’s landscape.
The forum allows attendees to network with peers and decision-makers at the campus, conference, and national level of college athletics. Content will meet the following program objectives:
- Learn how personal strengths intersect with career opportunities.
- Have tangible experiences that will push the student-athlete forward in their aspiration for a career in sports.
- Assist student-athletes in exploring professional and career development strategies and to help them transition to a career in the sports industry.
- Learn about the role of an intercollegiate coach, athletics administrator, and national governing body staff member.