I love recruiting engineers who played sports in college.
Anyone who can balance the challenge of studying engineering with the full-time job of NCAA athletics has a critical leg up in a professional environment.
Student-athletes are incredible time managers. They have an intuitive perspective on what it takes to get goals accomplished at work, and fundamentally that’s teamwork.
These engineers know they have to communicate just like an athlete needs to communicate with their coach or teammates.
Collegiate athletes in the workplace have a leg up in knowing they sometimes have to sacrifice a short term goal for the long term success of the team. But they know that long term team success helps them individually as well.
Many of my peers see a lower GPA from a college athlete and don’t understand the sacrifices they already made just to graduate. I suggest looking beyond the quantitative and understand the qualitative leg up collegiate athletes will have professionally.