I think it’s safe to say the early years of college when one is finding their way in life and choosing a career, are filled with emotions.
There’s the excitement of graduation and the thought of living on your own. Anticipation often creeps in as you meet new people and are forced out of your comfort zone. Thoughts of anxiety and apprehension are quite common, wondering if you’ve chosen the right career path.
It’s easy to second-guess yourself. Sometimes, all it takes is a simple connection for everything to snap into place.
The correlation between finding your passion and doing what you love.
On April 6th, NIACC Continuing Education will host a Career Professionals Conference in the Muse Norris Conference Center. Any NIACC student who is interested in learning more about how to become a professional in the workplace is encouraged to attend.
The ability to set yourself apart from the crowd has become an integral part of success when comparing yourself to the competition in the workplace. Standing out often comes from consistent, hard work. There’s no denying that attitude is a key element to helping you stand out from everyone around you. Positivity shines so brightly it can be blinding.
The keynote speaker during the conference, Jason Laube, knows all about hard work. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance, he worked with a slew of athletes as the Strength and Conditioning coach for 19 varsity sports on campus. He spent two summers interning for the Kansas City Chiefs before accepting a position with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe.
Laube didn’t settle there, though. He knew there were bigger opportunities for him. He just had to buckle down and do the work; a life skill he instills in the many athletes he’s trained throughout the years.
“The number one thing young people need to do is put in the work,” he stated. “Part of the process is learning we’ve all been there and done that.”
After Europe, Jason obtained his Master of Education degree in Exercise Physiology & Sports Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. While there, he continued his career path as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Gopher football team. From there, he took a position with Velocity Sports Performance where he ran camps and provided training to high school and professional athletes.
He moved to Clear Lake in 2007 and made a dream come true by opening Cutting Edge Fitness. For the past twelve years, he has made it his mission to provide the highest quality training for high school athletes, college athletes, and community members.
Along with operating the gym, Jason currently serves as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Waldorf University. In this position, he is responsible for 480 student-athletes across 22 varsity sports programs. Since his arrival, all sports have seen an increase in results, with some recording the best year in history.
NIACC students have the opportunity of a lifetime in hearing him speak. His passion doesn’t just apply to athletes or those looking to get in shape. Dedication, work ethic, and a positive attitude can be used in any career path.
Jason knows the importance of positivity. Whether that is in the workplace, in sports, or in life. “Having the mindset of wanting more and being better is how you will separate yourself from the rest of them,” he said.
The Career Professionals Conference is a great opportunity for NIACC students to learn ways to develop leadership skills and work ethic to catapult their career path to the next level. Hearing Jason Laube speak about his journey to success and his testimony for reaching goals is something you definitely don’t want to miss!
Check out all of the conference speakers and their topics, then Register!