Melanie Canfield Sydney Jones Christian Pierre Olivia Roa
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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 thro..
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.