NCAA Teams with Monster to Launch Student-Athlete Focused Website
MAYNARD, Mass. and INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 22, 2003--Student-athletes at NCAA member schools will soon have a new tool to help them with career guidance and information about a range of job opportunities. NCAA CareerCoach(TM) is a new website created by the NCAA in conjunction with corporate partner, Monster(R) - the leading global online careers site and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide (NASDAQ: MNST) - and CBS.
NCAA student-athletes can access NCAA CareerCoach via the Association's website, www.ncaa.org, or by going directly to www.ncaacareercoach.com. While the core function of NCAA CareerCoach is to assist student-athletes with career exploration and help those nearing graduation with job searches, any student can access the site for career guidance.
"Monster has made a commitment to intercollegiate athletics that will benefit student-athletes in a practical, real-life way," said NCAA president Myles Brand. "This is a great example of how a corporation can share its core business purpose and values to benefit higher education and the more than 360,000 student-athletes who participate in college sports each year."
NCAA student-athletes who sign up for the website will have access to an assortment of resources designed to enhance their ability to make the right career choices during and following their collegiate experience. These include career planning and career development best practices; guidance regarding networking; job interviewing and resume writing tips; and interactive tools like the "Major to Job Converter" and "Virtual Interview." NCAA student-athletes also can post their resumes and search for employment opportunities in their field of interest.
NCAA CareerCoach will also feature targeted links to MonsterTRAK, a leading career resource for college students and alumni, and a product of Monster. Student-athletes are able to register on MonsterTRAK directly from the NCAA CareerCoach website, gaining access to an additional database of entry-level job opportunities, specifically targeted to their school.
"Since joining the NCAA's Corporate Partner Program, Monster has benefited from the opportunity to help thousands of student-athletes embark on their post-collegiate careers," said Steve Pogorzelski, president of Monster, North America. "Now, NCAA CareerCoach will offer these job seekers even easier access to a wide array of career resources and services designed to help them succeed in finding the perfect job."
Brand added, "Monster and CBS have connected the corporate world to higher education in a way that puts commercial relationships to work for students and student-athletes."
The website also includes grant and scholarship information detailing the guidelines for several NCAA programs, including school-administered athletics scholarships, the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program, and the Ethnic Minority & Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship Program, among others.
Monster officially joined the NCAA's Corporate Partner Program in April 2003, signing a multi-year contract with CBS Sports. CBS Sports owns the rights to market the NCAA's marketing and licensing programs on behalf of the NCAA. Monster has the rights to use the NCAA marks throughout the United States. It also has the ability to associate with all of the NCAA's 88 national championships in 23 sports through advertising, promotional initiatives and marketing and licensing programs. In addition, Monster has the ability to participate in on-site activities at all NCAA championships.
About Monster Worldwide
Founded in 1967, Monster Worldwide, Inc. is the parent company of Monster (R), the leading global online careers property. The company also owns TMP Worldwide, the world's largest Yellow Pages advertising agency and one of the world's largest Recruitment Advertising agency networks. TMP Worldwide is also a provider of direct marketing services. Headquartered in New York with approximately 4,300 employees in 19 countries, Monster Worldwide (NASDAQ: MNST - News) is a member of the S&P 500 Index. More information about Monster Worldwide is available at www.monsterworldwide.com.
Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Maynard, Mass., Monster is the leading global careers website, recording over 47.9 million visits during the month of October 2003, according to independent research conducted by I/PRO. Monster connects the most progressive companies with the most qualified career-minded individuals, offering innovative technology and superior services that give them more control over the recruiting process. The Monster global network consists of local content and language sites in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Scotland, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Luxembourg, India, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, and Finland. Monster is the official online career management services sponsor of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. More information about Monster is available at http://www.monster.com or by calling 1-800-MONSTER.
About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit Association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletics opportunities for more than 360,000 student-athletes annually at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 49,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA Championships in Division I, II and III sports. For more information, go to www.ncaa.org.
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