KU senior relishes behind-the-scenes opportunity with the Blues

Posted on May 10, 2019 in Career/Life and News

Jordan Kriete | Jayhawk Career Network
Jordan Kriete is a diehard St. Louis Blues fan. When the St. Louis native had the chance to go behind the scenes at the professional hockey team’s headquarters, she couldn’t resist.

Kriete, who graduated May 19 with a degree in marketing, hopes to land a job in sports marketing, ideally with the Blues. When a friend mentioned Kriete’s goals to her own coworkers, one suggested Matt Gardner as a possible connection.

Using the Jayhawk Career Network’s mentoring platform, Kriete reached out to Gardner, j’01, the team’s vice president of digital media & emerging technology. He invited Kriete to spend a day with the hockey organization.

After a one-on-one visit with Gardner, Kriete met with staff in the Blues marketing and social media departments. She also had the opportunity to attend morning skate, sit in the press box and meet players before their interviews. “I’m a huge Blues fan, so I was going crazy,” she says.

Kriete not only caught a glimpse of her dream job, but she also gained powerful insight into the sports industry. Gardner gave Kriete advice about landing her first job and offered to connect her with other professional hockey teams. The two continue to say in touch.

“The thing about KU is I didn’t even know him and he didn’t know me, but just because I’m a Jayhawk he wanted to help me out,” Kriete says. “That’s just what our alumni do, which is really awesome. I know when I graduate and someone reaches out to me, I’ll feel like that’s such an honor.”

—Brianna Mears

The Jayhawk Career Network gives students and alumni access to career resources, jobs, events, programming and connections at every stage of their career. Services include KU Mentoring, a job board, informational articles and more. For more information about the Jayhawk Career Network, contact Kristi Laclé, assistant vice president for the Jayhawk Career Network, at kristilacle@kualumni.org.

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