5 Reasons Employers Should Hire Student-Athletes

June 1, 2010

It’s a depressing sign of the times that the job outlook for teenagers isn’t looking so hot. The NY Times reports:

The unemployment rate for the 16-to-24 age group reached a record 19.6 percent in April, double the national average. For those job seekers, said Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute, “This is the worst year, definitely since the early ’80s recession and very likely since the Great Depression.”

Wow. This got me thinking about the value student-athletes bring to an employer. As an undergraduate at Western Michigan University, I was fortunate to have a job/internship every summer. After my freshman year I worked long 2nd shifts at a factory; after my sophomore year I interned with Kraft Foods; and after my junior year I had an amazing experience as an intern with the Walt Disney World College Program. Call it ignorance, but my teammates and I just assumed we would get great jobs. And we did. But unknown to us at the time, as student-athletes we really stood out in the crowd.

As addressed in my book Student Athlete 101, below are 5 REASONS why employers should hire student-athletes:

1. LEADERSHIP: Student-Athletes are natural and confident leaders who bring added value to a workplace.

2. SELF-STARTERS: Student-Athletes know how to execute a coaches game plan but every now and then they have to go at it alone on the field or court. One thing student-athletes do exceptionally well is problem solve.

3. MULTI-TASKERS: Student-Athlete’s balance a crazy schedule and know how to use it to their advantage. This means they know how to organize and prioritize like nobody’s business.

4. PRESSURE (LACK OF): For student-athletes, pressure is fourth and inches; 5 seconds to go in the game and you’re down by 1 point; it’s penalty time and you have to score.  Long story short, student-athletes can handle any situation or perceived “pressure” in the workplace.

5. TEAMWORK: Student-Athletes know how to work on a team and make their teammates better.

So if you’re in the position of hiring some young adults and notice that they’re a student-athlete, snatch them up before someone else does.

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Antonio Neves Interviewed on The Jack & Tom Show

May 24, 2010

Great news. On Saturday I was interviewed on The Jack & Tom Show. It was my first radio interview for Student Athlete 101 and it went fantastic. Beyond getting to spread the word about the book, it was awesome to have my first radio interview on a Michigan based station. Those are the roots and I’m proud to say I’m a Michigander…living in New York City.

You can listen to the full interview HERE. Big thanks to Jack & Tom and WILS 1320.


Student Athlete 101 – Now Available!

April 15, 2010

Welcome to the Student Athlete 101 blog. First things first – What is Student Athlete 101?

Student Athlete 101: College Life Made Easy On & Off the Field is a new book that helps student-athletes get the most out of their university experience from day one on campus. Written by former student-athlete, award-winning journalist, and Ivy League graduate Antonio Neves (that’s me), this book gets straight to the point with tips and strategies for success in the classroom, on the field and after graduation. An invaluable resource throughout the collegiate experience and beyond, Neves’ wit and insider perspectives make Student Athlete 101: College Life Made Easy On & Off the Field a winning game plan. The best part – you can buy now for only $9.99.

The Basics – Why I Wrote This Book

Sports always came naturally to me, but academics were another story. I entered my freshman year at Western Michigan University as a mediocre student and a “walk-on” on the track & field team. But I managed to do enough things right in my first semester to earn 3.6 GPA. This success left me determined to figure out how I could do so well in an area in which I was historically average – and to share it with others.

Everything I learned is revealed in my book Student Athlete 101. All the tools you need to get the most out of your college experience from day one on campus – academically, athletically, socially and post-graduation. While I didn’t become a professional athlete, my success in the classroom and achievement as an All Mid American Conference (MAC) triple jumper collectively translated into the successful television career I enjoy today. It all emerged from knowing how and where to apply myself and most importantly, how to never give in to the pressure.

So here’s what you’ll find on this blog:

  • Helpful tips and strategies for student-athletes on and off the field
  • Links to fun and important information regarding student-athletes
  • Updates on my happenings as I spread the word about Student Athlete 101 with speaking engagements
  • Answers to your questions

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. You can learn more about the book and me HERE. And if you have any student-athlete based questions, please e-mail me at antonio@studentathlete101.com

Live like a champion today!