New Orleans Athletics Hosts Successful Annual Career Networking Night

NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans Athletics Department recently hosted its annual Career Networking Night at the University Center Ballroom Wednesday, connecting student-athletes with professionals from various industries. The event featured representatives from 20 businesses, including Raising Cane’s, Ochsner, UNO Graduate School, and Son of a Saint, eager to share insights and opportunities with Privateer student-athletes. 

The event falls under a pivotal New Orleans Athletics goal to provide impactful programming, resources, and opportunities to support the holistic growth of student athletes. By engaging with representatives from a variety of industries, Privateer student-athletes gained exposure to different career trajectories and expanded their understanding of potential career opportunities beyond the realm of athletics.

“Career and Networking Night is an opportunity for our student-athletes to meet and speak with professionals who can share their experiences and career paths across various fields and industries. Introducing them to successful community leaders and allowing them to network in an intimate environment is priceless and becoming increasingly valuable to their holistic development,” said Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services Phil Pinkston.

The evening kicked off with a structured format, reminiscent of speed dating, where students rotated through tables, spending ten minutes at each. The setup allowed for meaningful interactions and facilitated networking with multiple professionals. To guide conversations, student-athletes were provided with predetermined questions to ask the business representatives. However, they were also encouraged to ask specific questions tailored to their interests and goals.

“Career and Networking Night exposes our student-athletes to the possibilities that are out there. As a former student-athlete, my primary goal was to compete and be the best in my sport. You realize once that is over that you actually need a plan. This event gets those much-needed conversations going.” said Oschner strength and conditioning coach Chris Bertucci who was also present at the event.

Among speakers were Pinkston and Vice President of Athletics & Recreation Tim Duncan. 

Both emphasized the importance of utilizing Career Networking Night as an opportunity to explore diverse career paths and gain valuable insights from experienced professionals. They encouraged students to inquire about the journey that led individuals to their current positions, whether through traditional or non-traditional routes.

For 54 seasons, Privateer student-athletes have had the unique experience of wearing New Orleans across their chests.  Like the city itself, our sports teams have been fueled by resiliency, grit, and the unquenchable desire to win.  Our city also houses the nation’s biggest celebration each year. And much like a Mardi Gras parade krewe, we are tethered to our community through pride, tradition, a culture of acceptance, and finally our commitment to show that New Orleans is a world-class city to live, learn, play, and work. We invite you to become more involved with the only University that truly represents New Orleans all day, every day.  Join #NOLAsTeam, We Are Your Krewe! 

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