Tales from a transfer student

My first two years of college were a real struggle. I had horrible study habits carried over from high school which didn't require much effort and yielded good grades. Needless to say, this method did not serve me well in my college courses.

Informational Interview: Career Counselor

File 9647As college students, we interact with student affairs professionals all the time. They are an essential part of our Carolina experience, helping us seamlessly weave together the threads of our academic, personal, and professional lives. But have you ever considered getting involved in the field yourself? To kick off Careers in Student Affairs month, I sat down to chat with University Career Services’ very own Christy Walker to talk about her job as a career counselor.

The 5 C’s of Asking a Professor for a Recommendation

So you want to apply to a study abroad program or grad school. Odds are you’ll have to submit at least one letter of recommendation from a professor. Who should you ask to write you one? How should you ask him or her? And what should you do to follow up? Use the 5 C’s below to help with these questions and more:

What Employers Really Want to Read in Your Cover Letter

Cover letters are often an overlooked aspect of the job search, but often your cover letter can be just as important as your resume. Here are some tips we’ve compiled from working with students and employers:

Tuesday Tip: Utilizing Social Media

File 9584As you begin to search for a new job, internship, or any other opportunities in your career area, you may realize that almost every networking aspect involves the use of social media. Many organizations post listings strictly on their website or LinkedIn, and while the classifieds are still in use, everyone can benefit from utilizing social media to secure your next opportunity.

First Year Friday: 3 Steps Towards Becoming More Involved at UNC

File 9640When acclimating to college life, one of the best ways to make Carolina your second home is to become involved on campus! Whether you are looking for a music group, a campus ministry, or a volunteer outlet, UNC Chapel Hill has it all!

3 Must-Do's Before Your Next Interview

Before your next interview review these tips to help you have a successful interview.

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Been There, Done That: Switching Roles within an Organization

Internships have become increasingly important over the years. They can not only provide you with meaningful experiences, but can also serve as a test drive for a potential career. This means that the internship experience can validate or invalidate a possible career choice.

Interviewing Mistakes You Never Want to Make

File 9633Never arrive late:  Arrive to an interview at least 10 minutes before time.  This will give you time to calmly wait for the interview.  Review your resume and think about some of the points you want to bring up during the interview.  Plus an interviewer should never have to wait for your arrival.

Tuesday Tip: How a Career Assessment Can Help You

File 9584Having trouble finding a career that suits you?  Consider taking the Strong Interest Inventory career assessment.  This assessment helps you determine what your interests are and find career options that are consistent with your interests. 

The Strong Interest Inventory assessment is quick and easy—it takes only about 25 minutes!  University Career Services (UCS) currently offers the Strong Interest Inventory for students for free.