What is Life After Athletics?
Life After Athletics (LAA) is a suite of 60-minute, on-campus presentations/lessons designed to help junior and senior student-athletes prepare for the next stage of life following their collegiate career.

Topics include:

  • Networking
  • Business Etiquette
  • Interviewing Basics
  • Resume Writing
  • Creating Your Elevator Speech

Through these athlete-focused, interactive presentations, your student-athletes will gain the necessary tools to help build on their successes - both on and off the field - and prepare for the workforce.

Preparing Student-Athletes for the Next Challenge ...

Your student-athletes will:

  • Hear from former student-athletes and learn how to translate their ATHLETE MENTALITY into the desirable characteristics employers are looking for.
  • Participate in exercises and REAL-LIFE SCENARIOS that they may face as they enter the post-collegiate working world.
  • Learn about Northwestern Mutual's TOP TEN-RATED INTERNSHIP PROGRAM and our unique relevance to student-athletes.

Why was Life After Athletics created?

Northwestern Mutual is proud to support NACDA's mission to assist collegiate athletics administrators in preparing student-athletes for life after college.

And we know that success isn't something that you can just wish for. You build it with determination, leadership and teamwork; skills inherent to student-athletes. That's why NACDA and Northwestern Mutual developed The Life After Athletics program. Together, we'll help student-athletes transition skills learned in sports to their most important game. Life.

Read more about Northwestern Mutual Life After Athletics:

Maryville University & Life After Athletics (Athletics Administration, June 2014)

Student-Athletes Find Success Off the Field
(Athletics Administration, December 2013)

Tell me more about Northwestern Mutual's top ten internship program.
At Northwestern Mutual, we offer student-athletes an unparalleled opportunity for personal and financial success. We're not talking about some small summer program. We're talking a GAME-CHANGING CAREER OPPORUNITY.

Through our acclaimed Financial Representative Internship Program, interns have the chance to APPLY LEADERSHIP SKILLS they've learned on the field. Not only that, they get to work and train with an ALL-STAR TEAM of professionals - the best in the industry - to experience the entrepreneurial spirit, flexible schedule and virtually unlimited earning capacity that financial professionals share.

Not only do we have a Top Ten internship program, but we are consistently rated "One of the 50 Best Companies to Sell For Now" and "One of the World's Most Admired Companies in its industry."

To learn more about our internship click here.

Who do I contact for more information on the Life After Athletics program or to schedule an event at my school?
General questions about the Life After Athletics program can be directed to Kara Cox in the NACDA office at or 440-788-7483.

To schedule a Life After Athletics event at your school, please email or call 414-665-2428.