How Rec Experience Helped Three Students Find Careers

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You don't have to look hard to find former college recreation student employees succeeding in today's diverse workforce. From wellness managers to sales managers, young professionals are bringing the skills they sharpened at their campus recreation centers to their burgeoning careers.

Historically, campus recreation has been one of the largest on-campus employers of students — even though only a fraction of them wind up working in campus rec after graduation. Few other student-employment opportunities offer such a broad range of on-the-job training. Students learn how to work in a team structure, make key decisions, solve problems, pay attention to details, plan events, verbally communicate with peers and superiors, organize and prioritize tasks, analyze quantitative data, obtain and process information, create and edit written reports, and influence others.

Research from the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows significant gaps between the skills employers seek in recent graduates and the skills graduates feel they are bringing to their chosen profession. Campus recreation student staff jobs help bridge that gap.

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