Student Athletes

Student-athletes face unique challenges when it comes to discerning their major, discovering their "why," accessing resources, exploring experiential opportunities that fit their busy schedule, and determining fulfilling first-steps post-graduation.  To help student-athletes navigate this journey, they not only have access to all of the resources available through the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development -- they also have a dedicated career counselor in James Biddick, Student-Athlete Career Development Program Manager. 

Individualized Services for Student-Athletes

As your first point of contact we can discuss all things career-related including: 

  • Discernment - explore you and your values, interests, personality and skills!
  • Preliminary exploration of industries
  • Finding and applying for internships and jobs
  • Building your Handshake profile
  • Creating a resume and Linkedin profile
  • Mock interviewing
  • Networking and informational interview
  • Navigating the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development's website and countless resources
  • Connecting student-athletes with other career counselors who specialize in specific industries as they focus in on their career trajectory e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, Entertainment, etc.

In addition to these traditional career services offered, find support for the development of resources, events, initiatives and opportunities specifically for the student-athlete population, such as: networking events, employer visits to campus, team workshops, the Student-Athlete Career Fair and prep session and the Regional Internship & Career Fair.  

Schedule a Student-Athlete appointment through your Handshake account.  

The Overtime Program

During the annual career survey completed by our student-athlete population, a staggering 92% said they experienced a barrier to engage in experiential learning.  To assist in overcoming these barriers the Overtime Program was created.  HIghlights of the program include:

  • Open to ALL student-athletes, all years and majors who have limited time during the summer period and are unable to participate in a traditional 8-12 week internships, but still want to gain valuable experience
  • Partnerships with alumni and employers to offer short-term, uniquely created, experiential learning opportunities that are tailored toward the individual's interests and availability 
  • Opportunities can be developed nationwide, in your home city and locally here in the Notre Dame region
  • Meet with James to discuss how you can be involved in the program!

James Biddick, Student-Athlete Career Development Program Manager

James Biddick joined the Center for Career Development in 2018. A jack-of-all-trades, Biddick has professional experience in law, athletics, and career development.

After completing his LLB (Honors) from the University of Canterbury and Bachelor of Social Science from Lincoln University Biddick began his professional career in the field of law. Originally from New Zealand, he spent three years as an attorney with New Zealand’s leading corporate law firm, Russell McVeagh. He then worked at a boutique entertainment and media focused law firm for two years before deciding to pursue a different career path.

Previously a student-athlete in field hockey and cricket, Biddick represented New Zealand in Field Hockey. He also spent many years dedicated to coaching field hockey across the world.

Biddick focused his passions in athletics towards earning a Master’s in Sports Administration from Ohio University. Through the program he had the opportunity to work as a graduate assistant for the College of Business Office of Career Management, where he then found his calling in Career Development.

After graduating, Biddick served as the Assistant Director, then Associate Director of Graduate Career Management and Sport Management, and Graduate Student Career Coach for Ohio University.

In his position with Notre Dame’s Center for Career Development James is responsible for helping guide student-athletes throughout their career discernment process, as well as help them to reach their full career potential. Biddick will also help students who are potentially interested in breaking in to the sports industry. 

“Having walked the path of a student-athlete, professional athlete, and corporate professional; I understand the journey and unique challenges faced by student-athletes when attempting to discern a major, discover their “why”, access resources, explore experiential opportunities that fit their schedule, and determined fulfilling first-steps post-graduation. I can be their first port of call to support and guide them through this often confusing, but rewarding, journey.” – James Biddick


To get in touch with James, email or call the Center for Career Development at (574)-631-5200.