The University of Maryland (UM) Terrapins (Terps) college football program had two players taken in the 2010 NFL Draft that was held in April. The school based in College Park, Maryland had two athletes selected by National Football League (NFL) franchises in the annual draft and those two men are:
- Bruce Campbell (offensive lineman) – selected in the fourth round with the 106th overall pick by the Oakland Raiders
- Nolan Carroll (cornerback) – picked in the fifth round by the Miami Dolphins as the 145th overall player selected
The Maryland Terrapins compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and are proud to send disciplined young men on to play football at the next level. For athletes like Bruce and Nolan hearing their names called during the NFL Draft is a dream come true and the University of Maryland prides itself in playing a role in turning those dreams into reality.
Bruce Campbell, born in 1988, is a 6’6″ 314 pound offensive lineman that played tackle in high school and college but is expected to at least start out as an interior offensive lineman at the guard position with the Oakland Raiders. Despite having the height to play offensive tackle the initial reports from the Raiders are that they would prefer to ease Bruce into their offense at a position that lends itself to a smoother transition.
Campbell is slated to wear number 74 next year for the NFL team in Oakland and Raiders head coach Tom Cable is excited about the upside of his fourth round draft selection. Coach Cable hopes to get Bruce on the field early and often as the Raiders for years now have been trying to fill a void on their offensive line. Many football analysts agree that the root cause of the recent offensive woes of the Oakland franchise can be traced back to a porous front five.
It can be argued that Nolan Carroll, the other University of Maryland 2010 NFL Draft selection, is in many ways an opposite type of player from his former teammate Bruce Campbell. Carroll plays defense whereas Campbell plays offense and furthermore while Bruce has a large 6’6″ 314 pound frame Nolan is a much more pedestrian size at 5’11” and 204 pounds.
Before being picked up by the Miami Dolphins to add youth and speed to their secondary Nolan grew up in the state of Florida. Nolan Carroll was born and raised in Green Cove Springs, Florida which is in the northeastern part of the state. After spending five years in Maryland during his stint in college Nolan and his parents (who still live in Florida) are surely excited about having him back in the Sunshine State.…
Choosing to make a career change in the current economy is not a decision to make lightly. Of course wherever the decision for a career change is one you made for yourself or one that has been made for you makes all the difference in the world.
If you have suddenly found yourself without a job, you will need to consider where you want to go from here. Be realistic. And be honest. Determine what your good qualities are as well as what your bad qualities are. And think about what you may really want to do. If it is possible it is always good to consider something you have an interest in or are passionate about as a career. Having the luxury of enjoying your job is worth a great deal if you have to work for a living.
Are you able to transfer something you care about to a career change? For instance if you really have a need to take care of people, you may be thinking about a nursing career. There is certainly a lot of responsibility in nursing, but if you are able to deal with it and you are able to make decisions quickly, this could be the perfect job for you. There is no doubt that you can consider this a long term career, there is always going to be a need for nurses. And you can pretty much write your own ticket. You can go anywhere in the country and you can choose to specialize and make more money than regular nursing.
If you are considering nursing as a career change, unless you are already in the medical field, you will need more education. The best place to begin is with your local college, university or training center. They can advise you what you need to be able to get the certification you need to begin your new career as a nurse. Of course you will need to be sure that the training program you choose is recognized by the hospital or medical center you are choosing as a potential employer. Some of the programs work in conjunction with hospitals and medical centers, they provide the practical experience needed and often they will provide employment after you get your certification.
If you do not have a career change in mind already, you may decide that starting a business of your own is the best course for you. Of course, you will want to consider a business of your own very carefully. You will need to determine if the business is something that is needed. If it is a proven business, is it still a necessary business, or is it on the down swing? The computer industry has been very lucrative but there have been so many changes to the manufacturing of computers, that many of the suppliers and employees are no longer needed. You need to be realistic when you are thinking about your career change, do not start a business that …