Think your athletic department is prepared to serve Gen Z's career services needs? Think again. But fortunately, you can leverage your alumni network to reach your Gen Z athletes in a way they understand. Grafted can help.
Chances are, your Gen Z athletes will need more than you can give them when it comes to career prep. More than a career fair, more than a pep talk about soft skills, and more than stories about how you got your first internship.
We started exploring this theme last month. Simply put, the career aspirations of your Gen Z athletes are out of your wheelhouse.
Here's what I mean:
I can feel your blood pressure rising. I can hear your heart rate going up. "How the heck can we be expected to prepare our student-athletes for that? Unique career paths for every student? We've got a team of 2 people!"
I hear you.
Like we said last month, the question that athletic departments need to be preparing students to answer is: "What can I do to best prepare myself for success over the next ten years?"
And if you want to truly serve Gen Z athletes as they move toward career, then you've gotta adapt... or die.
The task of providing relevant, custom-tailored career advice and coaching to Gen Z athletes doesn't fall solely on you. Phew!
Because it turns out, every single athletic department in the country has access to a pool of hundreds of young professionals who (a) are often Gen Zers themselves, (b) have navigated the COVID job market, and (c) seriously want to help other students learn from their mistakes.
What's more, only your team can connect your alumni to your students.
That's why many of the most innovative athletic departments are investing now in tech to connect students and alumni. Schools like University of Wisconsin, Northwestern, Texas A&M, and UTEP are investing in the tech to deliver custom career advice and opportunities to more students.
Believe you me, this is scary stuff. Chances are, you're going to hear some things that make you question your department's offerings.
But you'll prove your leadership with the step you take next.
You got this.
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