POSTED: Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 1:52pm
Baton Rouge, La — LSU's junior and senior student-athletes participated in the annual Career Symposium hosted by the Shaquille O'Neal/CHAMPS Life Skills program. This event aims to better prepare student-athletes for their professional lives following graduation.
Featuring a select group of corporate professionals, the event allowed the juniors and seniors to network with businesses. Throughout the symposium, the student-athletes learned the importance of professionalism and how to prepare for life after college.
Highlighting the event was guest speaker Garland Jean-Baptiste, former LSU and NFL football player, who spoke about accomplishing the transition of becoming a successful businessman.
Junior all-around gymnast Ericka Garcia enjoyed participating in the symposium and all it had to offer.
"Having employers come to campus from different career fields is a great opportunity for student-athletes," Garcia said. "The employers explained what they do and how they have achieved their goals. This is very motivating for juniors and seniors who are trying to figure out their lives after graduation. We are grateful for programs like these that are preparing us for our future. "
In their 12th year of hosting the symposium, Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes Learning Specialist Dr. Earnie Fingers valued the participation of student-athletes and professionals in making the event a success.
"It was an exciting evening," Fingers said. "Our staff is extremely appreciative of the commitment and participation of our invited professionals. They lend their support to help make the Career Symposium something special for our student-athletes. Without the support from our community leaders, we cannot offer such an important event."