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    NU Sophomores, Seniors Gain Key Professional Development Tips

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM NU sophomore student-athletes conducted mock informational interviews during their recent Sophomore Seminar.
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    NU sophomore student-athletes conducted mock informational interviews during their recent Sophomore Seminar.
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    June 14, 2013

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Before dispersing for their summer internships or jobs, Northwestern's sophomore and senior student-athletes recently received a helpful refresher on how to succeed in the professional world, courtesy of the NU For Life program.

    On May 28, more than 50 sophomore student-athletes from across 19 sports gathered for NU For Life's Sophomore Seminar, aimed at assisting Wildcats in discovering their professional passion and equipping them with tools necessary for successful interaction in networking opportunities.

    Following a welcome address from Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips, student-athletes observed a presentation on the art of informational interviews by Ron Brewer, Assistant Director of Leadership for the NCAA. The seminar addressed how to best set up, prepare for and conduct an informational interview in a student's professional field of choice before allowing student-athletes to conduct mock interviews amongst themselves.

    Later that week, NU For Life hosted its annual Senior Transition Seminar, where graduating student-athletes learned essential skills involved in "Managing Your Professional Brand." Featured speaker Patricia Cook of Patricia Cook & Associations spoke at length about topics ranging from face-to-face introduction etiquette and the do's and don't's of professional communication to dressing for success, growing one's network and perfecting one's office, dining and entertainment manners.

    Both programs are part of NU For Life's four-year student-athlete career road map, intended to foster Wildcats student-athletes' growth and professional preparedness from the moment they arrive on campus.

    Click here to read more about the origins and mission of the NU For Life program.

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