We recently published the findings of a survey we conducted that asked student-athletes questions related to their personal and professional development in college, career outcomes and the transition into life after competitive athletics (you can download the report for free here). The study focused on current student-athletes and recent college graduates.

The results of the survey offer phenomenal insight for athletic leaders as they seek to improve their athletes’ experiences.

I’ll be expanding on some of the findings over the next few weeks in a series of blog posts, but I wanted to start by highlighting many of the positive findings that came out of the survey.

The Value of the Student-Athlete Experience

First and foremost, the overwhelming majority of respondents feel that the student-athlete experience is tremendously valuable.

In fact, almost 96 percent reported that they would go through the entire experience again if they could.

We strongly believe that the habits and traits that are cultivated through the student-athlete experience make it entirely worthwhile—and it’s great to see that so many former student-athletes feel the same way.

Survey respondents also reported that the student-athlete experience gave them an upper hand during the career search process.

A strong majority felt that being a current or former student-athlete demonstrates work ethic, teamwork experience, time management and communication skills that are appreciated by prospective employers.

There’s no doubt that the student-athlete experience equips young men and women with skills that are readily transferable to the professional world—and it’s encouraging to see that many employers feel the same way.

If you’d like to read the full report of the survey findings, you can download it for free here.

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