June 7, 2016
June 8, 2016
Vanderbilt defensive back Taurean Ferguson said he got even more than he expected during last week’s Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
During the four-day event, Ferguson was able to network with potential future employees, learn about the day-to-day operations of the NCAA — and learn some new things about himself, too.
“I am all about creating options for myself,” said Ferguson. “And by going to this Forum, I was able to explore a large number of things. It was a great learning experience for me.”
Ferguson was one of only 200 student-athletes — among the roughly 1,000 candidates — to be selected for the program.
“It was a great atmosphere, with a wide range of kids,” said Ferguson. “”We had a chance to meet with other student-athletes from Division I, II and III. So, it gave me a new perspective about the different divisions of the NCAA.
“And one of the biggest take-aways was what we learned about ourselves,” he said. “We were able to (zone in) on some of our strengths, which will help us when we are looking for jobs.”
Ferguson said another interesting element of the Forum was getting a closer look at the behind-the-scenes work in college athletics.
“We were able to learn about the administrative side of things — like athletic directors, compliance and fund-raising — and that was informative,” he said. “Some people have a bad perception of the NCAA, but after they walked us through some of their responsibilities, I think all of us looked at it differently.”
The forum was designed to assist student-athletes in charting their career paths, as well as provide an opportunity to learn from current athletics professionals.
“It was a huge honor just to be selected,” said Ferguson. “it was a great chance to meet new people and make new friends. And those of us who attended had a great chance to connect with people who might help us land a job in the future. So, all in all, it was just a really good event.”