VIRGINIA FOOTBALL ALUMNI NETWORK

RECENT GRADUATES

Get help finding a job you'll love from alumni.

FOOTBALL ALUMNI

Help recent graduate athletes find meaningful work.

We help Football Alumni help each other through professional mentorship and building connections

Student-athletes at the University of Virginia have one of the most strenuous athletic and academic experiences in college sports. Most players are on campus over 340 days a year preparing for an incredible football experience. These players have their heads down and can find themselves behind the job search curve once they graduate. Many have not used the University’s career services resources and have limited understanding of the working world since they've been so focused on their academic and athletic pursuits. The majority have not had an internship. Many have their minds on an NFL career, but don’t understand that the average lifespan in the National Football League is 3.3 years.


The Virginia Football Alumni Network, affectionately called the FAN, is a group of former Virginia Football Alumni dedicated to network the graduating football student-athlete. Over 100 former players have committed to helping our younger guys secure interviews and opportunities with great companies across the country.


The program starts with the student-athlete requesting support from the FAN via our custom-built interactive website. The student-athlete will fill out a form with information about them, their vocation interests, and their geographic preferences. A member of the FAN will then personally follow up. From there, resume review (or creation), mentoring, and interviewing skills support are delivered.


Once the recent graduate is ready to interview, the FAN will send the resume, cover letter, and entire interview package to the group of the Network that might best benefit from this student-athlete. Because the interactive website was created to have LinkedIn-style menus, only the helping alumni that best fit based on location and vocation preference will receive the resume package. In addition, regional groupings in Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, and Richmond have been formed, with a “captain” for each area. Each of the regions has over 20 former players committed to supporting that location. Additional regions such as Atlanta, Charlotte, and New York are expected in 2020.

HOW IT WORKS

Recent graduates sign up online to get help finding a job they're excited about.

Recent grads submit some basic information about their background and interests that helps us understand what they want to do next. A member of our team works with each recent grad to review their interests, resume, and more.


Other Virginia Football Alumni are contacted to help.

After recent graduates receive mentorship from a member of our team, we send out information about each recent grad to our network of alumni. These alumni can then help the graduate find job opportunities in their areas of interest.

HOW IT'S WORKING

Over the course of Winter 2020, something amazing occurred. Corporate recruiters from big companies have asked to be a part of the distribution. This currently includes Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, while DELL, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Intuit are all in discussions to be added. The expectation is to include more.


As of December 2019:

  • Five former players have had their resumes created in the program, including one who is pursuing his NFL dreams.
  • Three have utilized the interactive FAN website
    • One received multiple job offers and accepted a position with Merrill Lynch
    • Another has reached the final interview stage with multiple companies.
    • Another started the process at the end of January and had 22 Alumni reach out to support him.
  • The job search is an inherently arduous process for most, but we expect that the FAN will soon be 3 for 3 in job placements.

THINGS TO KNOW

As we seek to assist younger generations of alumni, we must be extra vigilant that none of our actions, well-intended as they may be, cross certain boundaries. As such, the following sections were approved by UVA Athletics Compliance on February 20, 2020 and added to the Club's Bylaws.


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AS AN ARM OF THE VIRGINIA FOOTBALL ALUMNI CLUB, THE VIRGINIA FOOTBALL ALUMNI NETWORK WILL SUPPORT:


SECTION 1: Players who have exhausted eligibility

The Football Alumni Network will support those Virginia football players who have exhausted all eligibility during their fourth or fifth year. Football operations shall provide a list of eligible players to utilize the FAN to Compliance after the last football game of the season. Compliance will approve and send the list back to Football Operations and the FAN designee.


SECTION 2: Players who have been moved to medical scholarship

The Football Alumni Network will support those Virginia football players who have moved to medical scholarship after they have exhausted all eligibility during their fourth or fifth year. Football operations shall provide a list of eligible players to utilize the FAN to Compliance after the last football game of the season. Compliance will approve and send the list back to Football Operations and the FAN designee.


SECTION 3: Players who have quit playing for the team but are graduating from the University of Virginia

The Football Alumni Network will support those Virginia football players who have quit the team after they have exhausted all eligibility during their fourth or fifth year. Football operations shall provide a list of eligible players to utilize the FAN to Compliance after the last football game of the season. Compliance will approve and send the list back to Football Operations and the FAN designee.


SECTION 4: Players who transfer from the University of Virginia after graduation

The Football Alumni Network will support those Virginia football players transfer from the University of Virginia after they have exhausted all eligibility during their fourth or fifth year. Football operations shall provide a list of eligible players to utilize the FAN to Compliance after the last football game of the season. Compliance will approve and send the list back to Football Operations and the FAN designee.


SECTION 5: Players who transfer from the University of Virginia prior to graduation

The Football Alumni Network will not support those Virginia football players who transfer prior to graduation from the University of Virginia. Those players may not access the FAN.