Missouri State Partners With "Career Athletes" Career Development Service

The Missouri State University Intercollegiate Athletics Department has announced a working partnership with "Career Athletes," a career development service especially catered to collegiate student-athletes.

Since its inception in 1998, Career Athletes has worked with over 1,200 colleges and universities nationwide as a valuable tool in assisting their student-athletes' transition from athletics to the workplace.

Over the past 10 years, Career Athletes has conducted training and development seminars at universities throughout the country providing much needed career education for over 250,000 student-athletes. In addition to their proprietary training and development seminars, Career Athletes builds and maintains customized career networking web sites for individual athletic departments, providing additional career education, mentors, access to career opportunities and potential employers upon graduation, and a platform to connect with athletic alumni who are encouraged to join the network as mentors and/or job seekers.

"It's obvious that the administration at Missouri State University cares about its student-athletes beyond their playing days and graduation, and we are excited to be partnered with such an outstanding institution," said Chris Smith CEO and President of Career Athletes. "Due to the demanding nature of collegiate athletics, these athletes face a unique set of challenges regarding career development not typically experienced by the general student-body. The current economic environment will provide even greater challenges for today's student-athletes to overcome, making career development more important than ever."

Missouri State will benefit from Career Athletes' computer-oriented platform for career development and student-athlete career enrichment. The service also includes job postings and networking functionality that will serve MSU student-athletes well beyond their playing days.

"The partnership with Career Athletes is a great opportunity for our student-athletes to work with the best in the industry in the area of job placement and networking," said MSU Associate Athletic Director for Academics and Student Development Bryan Hicks. "I'm really excited about working with Career Athletes in an effort to ensure that our student-athletes are prepared for their future."

For more information on Career Athletes, please visit www.CareerAthletes.com.