Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

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Authors' Class Standing

Melanie Canfield, Junior

Lead Presenter's Name

Melanie Canfield

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Leroy Long III; Dr. James J. Pembridge

Abstract

The ability for student-athletes to translate athletic experiences into career competencies is valuable, but student-athletes may not know how to leverage the career competencies they have gained through sports participation. In addition, student-athlete’s time demands may limit access to career support services. This project summarizes the perceived career competencies of student-athletes at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). Embry-Riddle student-athletes compete in the Sunshine State Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division II. Findings from one-on-one interviews with 16 current or past ERAU student-athletes led to the creation of an infographic, containing five word clouds. Among ERAU student-athletes, the word clouds indicate the most commonly perceived career competencies are a) career preparation, b) professionalism, c) communication and d) collaboration. To help ERAU student-athletes further develop their career competencies, a 2-3 minute promotional video will spread awareness about a recently developed app called Career Readiness Challenge (CRC). This work is a part of a larger study titled, Gamified Online Platform to Support Student-Athlete Career Readiness, funded by the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

No

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Career Competencies: More than Students, More than Athletes

The ability for student-athletes to translate athletic experiences into career competencies is valuable, but student-athletes may not know how to leverage the career competencies they have gained through sports participation. In addition, student-athlete’s time demands may limit access to career support services. This project summarizes the perceived career competencies of student-athletes at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). Embry-Riddle student-athletes compete in the Sunshine State Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division II. Findings from one-on-one interviews with 16 current or past ERAU student-athletes led to the creation of an infographic, containing five word clouds. Among ERAU student-athletes, the word clouds indicate the most commonly perceived career competencies are a) career preparation, b) professionalism, c) communication and d) collaboration. To help ERAU student-athletes further develop their career competencies, a 2-3 minute promotional video will spread awareness about a recently developed app called Career Readiness Challenge (CRC). This work is a part of a larger study titled, Gamified Online Platform to Support Student-Athlete Career Readiness, funded by the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program.