The LAPC: A Winning Resource for Student-Athletes


by Ethan Conley’19

It’s no secret that collegiate athletes have a lot on their plates, as they work hard to be successful both on the field and in the classroom. The thought of adding one more meeting to an already busy schedule can be overwhelming. When you hear of the Liberal Arts in Practice Center (LAPC), you’re probably tempted to just plug your ears. But before you do, consider how the LAPC can help you better market the skills you’ve polished over the course of your career as a student-athlete.

First, let’s review. What even is the Liberal Arts in Practice Center?

The Liberal Arts in Practice Center (LAPC) at Beloit is an office that wants to help you get the most out of your liberal arts education. The Center offers many programs and services that students can utilize both on campus and in the real world, including one of its most useful and recognizable resources: Career Services.  Some (but not all) of the services that staff members can assist you with include:

  • Resume/Cover Letter Development and Review
  • Practice Interviews
  • Internship Searches
  • Graduate School Applications
  •  Job Searching
  • Networking

The LAPC staff will work with you to make sure that you can articulate the value of the skills you’ve learned as a student athlete; as a competitor, you already possess transferable skills that are applicable to the professional world like attention to detail, strong leadership, good time management and communication. As Jessica Fox-Wilson, director of career development at the LAPC, reiterates, “Students should definitely visit the LAPC, because we have so many resources to support their professional and academic development. We offer consulting on resumes, cover letters, and personal statements, and we can connect students to alumni who are interested in mentoring students. We also offer really great learning opportunities, like short term trips over fall and spring break, and funding for summer opportunities. Every student can benefit from connecting with us!”

Do you feel confident that your resume and cover letter are in good shape? Ready to discuss your strengths during an interview? Don’t even know where to start in identifying where you want to work?

Schedule an appointment at the LAPC.  Meetings are short (no more than 20 minutes), and you’re guaranteed to leave feeling much more confident about planning your future. These free services should not go without use during your college career!

See you soon!