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Going Pro In Something Other Than Sports

Feb 5, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

In the world of athletics recruiting, it doesn’t get much bigger than this morning, as today marked National Signing Day and high school students around the country made their college decisions official.

While 21 national letters of intent had arrived to the football offices by lunchtime, a couple hundred feet southwest of the Gug, tonight was important for recruiting as well.

This evening in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse however, recruiters analyzed résumés instead of game film. Over 100 employers visited campus for the Winter Career & Internship Fair, including a number of Monogram winners who braved a bit of wintry weather to represent their companies.

Once again, membership coordinator Mike Sullivan (’09, manager) and I had a chance to meet and catch up with many of them in between their conversations with students. Here’s a quick look at who we spoke with:

While each of these Monogram winners has a different background and a unique story, almost all of them shared a similar message: “Our company is always looking to hire student-athletes.” Certainly, this should instill some confidence in current student-athletes who may feel they lack the experience or strong résumé of some of their Notre Dame peers.

As the NCAA noted in its famous series of commercials that debuted several years ago, there are hundreds of thousands of student-athletes competing nationwide, and just about all of them “go pro” in something other than sports.

For the Monogram Club, perhaps that is never more evident than during the career fair, as more and more members continue to return to their alma mater, recognizing that when it comes to finding the right talent to round out their company’s roster, Notre Dame is a recruiting hotbed.

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