Cameron Riley, a senior Mechanical Engineering student at Florida A&M University, in Tallahassee, has participated in career expos tied to the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship, where he has competed in “The Most Culturally Significant Championship in Collegiate Golf.”
Riley recognizes the golden opportunity that the expos present.
“I’ve had experience in the golf field, and because of that experience, I was able to get exposure into the engineering field,” said Riley, a FAMU golf team member and a native of The Bahamas. “Without that first opportunity, I would never be where I am, so I am forever grateful for the opportunity.”
Through the Expo, Riley landed an internship with Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. That led to him landing an internship with the LPGA in Daytona Beach, Florida. Those two opportunities opened the door for him to gain work experience within his own major, with a position at Tomahawk Engineering in Tallahassee.
“Having back-to-back internships showed them that I have a good work ethic,” said Riley
Riley, who is ranked in the Top 5 in the APGA rankings among minority golfers, sees himself working as a “hybrid” between golf and engineering, perhaps with a golf equipment company.
He encourages attendees to not look at career expos as “chores” because the potential for opening the door to your future outweighs the time spent.
“The expos are there to give you an opportunity to springboard yourself,” stressed Riley. “They’re definitely not wasting your time. The opportunity is there. It's just how bad do you want it?”
The event features panel discussions with respected golf and business industry leaders, as PGA WORKS and AIG Life & Retirement seek to inspire and engage students, as well as emerging talent from diverse backgrounds to cultivate the next generation of leaders.
Professional development resources will be provided to educate students on opportunities and career paths in golf, as well as career and financial planning advice.
Best, it’s open to all comers!