College to Career

Curious about what happens after graduating with your degree? You can spend time googling career options but we think it might be easier if you browse through what remarkable things our alumni are up to.

These recent graduates are #goals and have some advice to share with you! Learn about their transition from college to a career, what their daily work life looks like and how they set themselves apart from the competition.

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Meet Jimmy Pritchard, '12


Director of Strength & Conditioning, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV)
BS, Exercise Science, Certificate of Personal training

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

I work with athletes ages 13-28 on a daily basis who ski and snowboard competitively in events around the world. Some of these athletes, partake in the Olympics and others aspire to compete collegiately. My staff and I program/implement daily workouts for all groups, as well as providing training to the community. We are a unique training facility, in that we serve Olympic level athletes, but meet the demands of anybody that walks through our door. 

How did your experience at CMU prepare you for your career?

My experience taught me how to work with people and demonstrate leadership through work ethic. Numerous mentors (Dr. Heumann, Mark Ryan, Ryan Swope, Dan Linsacum and many more) helped peak my interest and push me to grow in human performance. 

What was your transition like from being a student to your current career position?


Upon graduating, I worked as a full-time personal trainer and shortly thereafter took a position as an assistant strength coach for SSCV.  After hard work and fortunate circumstances, I was blessed enough to be promoted to the director of strength & conditioning.   

What do you think set you apart from the other applicants for your current position?

I believe what set me apart (and continues to) from other applicants is my drive to continuously learn and a genuine care for the success of my clients. Even after accepting my current position, I began a master’s program to further my knowledge, as well as I attend as many conferences/seminars as my schedule will allow.

What advice would you give incoming college students?  

My advice to incoming college students is to surround yourself with successful and passionate people. No matter what endeavors you aim to pursue, these people will teach you habits that will aid your personal growth, as well as ensure you never get complacent.


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