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Student-athletes begin career planning at workshops

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Paige Klostermann shares resume-writing tips with student-athletes Karly Cochrane (left) and Kayla Kregel. — Emily Novotny/TRUMPET

Wartburg Knights are learning how to apply skills developed not only in the classroom but on the field and court.

Thirty-two athletes attended the first of three workshops as part of Student-Athlete Career Planning on Nov. 5. The series is sponsored by Wartburg Athletic Department and Career Services at Pathways.

Although the series is open to anyone, it specifically targets student-athletes to teach them how to apply the qualities gained in their sport to their career planning.

“The unique thing about this series is that it will target different areas that are all important in your career search, no matter what stage you’re at,” Paige Klostermann, assistant women’s golf coach, said.

Klostermann will assist Derek Solheim, associate director of Pathways for Career Services, in teaching the series.

“The athletic department at Wartburg is always looking for ways to help advance its student-athletes and help prepare them for life after college,” Monica Severson, associate director of athletics, said.

The Nov. 5 workshop focused on resume writing and teaching students to make it look and sound professional.

Student-Athlete Alumni Networking, the second workshop in this series, takes place Monday, Jan. 28.

Students will get the chance to talk with former Wartburg athletes to learn more about their professions and what led them there.

“This is a great time for students to get business cards, talk about resumes, internships and even setting up a meeting to do mock interviews or tour a company,” Klostermann said.

Student-Athlete Career Search, the final installment in the series on Tuesday, March 19, focuses on job interviews.

“This is a time that they can ask questions to a Career Services director and me, a former Wartburg student-athlete that just went through this whole process,” Klostermann said.

Klostermann graduated in May and found her job at Wartburg three weeks before graduation. She thinks students will relate to her since she has just been through the career-planning process.

“It is a great series that will help all ages prepare for what lies ahead of them,” Klostermann said. “Whether it’s for a part-time job, an internship or a career, it’s always important to be prepared and ready for that next step.”

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