Tiger PAWS encourages the student-athlete to develop and pursue career and life
goals. A large part of the PAWS Program focuses on career exploration, development
and networking. During their time spend at Memphis, the student-athletes have the
chance to participate in multiple career developing opportunities. By working with
our own departments on campus as well as with the local community, the student-athletes
are able to gain a better understanding of the different opportunities for their future.
Integral parts of the Career Development are as follows, but not limited to:
- Social & Career Networking Benefits
Please click HERE for the Tiger Career Development Power Point presented to all student-athlete ACAD courses.
Career exploration begins the minute they step on the University of Memphis Campus.
CAAS and the PAWS Program encourage the student-athletes their freshman year to begin
thinking about their interests and skills and build on those qualities to guide the
them through the following years as they explore their interests.
Sophomore year, the PAWS Program partners with the M-Club (the Athletic Alumni
Association) to set the student-athletes up to job shadow local employers. This offers the student-athletes a unique and highly beneficial
opportunity towards understanding the "real world" and their choices after college.
As the student-athletes enter their junior and senior years they are now encourage
to continue relationships set up through job shadowing by maintaining contact with
mentors and landing internships. Student-athletes also have an opportunity to participate in UNIV 4380 course. One section of the course is open only to student-athletes. This section
outlines career development which includes learning focused on items such as business
etiquette, resume and cover letting writing, and interview skills.
Career panels, major exploration, leadership development, interpersonal skills
and understanding social networking sites, such as LinkedIn, are additional aspects
of the Career Development used within the Tiger PAWS Program at the University of
Interested in having a student-athlete job shadow at your workplace? Contact Kristin
Rusboldt, Student-Athlete Development Coordinator