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A Career in Event Planning


Enjoy organizing events, picking out invitations and decorations?  If so event planning might be for you!  Check out this informational interview with an event planner.

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Preparing for Grad School: The GRE and Letters of Recommendations


Based on my own experiences and the conversations I’ve had with friends, the parts of the graduate school application process that seem to intimidate people most are the letters of recommendation and the GRE. The panelists at the “Thinking About Grad School” Information Panel I recently attended spent a lot of time talking about both of these - here’s some of what they had to say.

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First-year Friday: Seek Opportunity Now


File 9063"Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." - Thomas Jefferson

The longer you stay at Carolina, the more you will see how much this quote applies to your life. And I am not just talking about putting off homework (because we all do that); I am talking about putting off opportunities! You are a first-year at one of the best universities in the world! There are a plethora of opportunities just waiting to be taken by you.

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Tips for Interviewing via Skype


Skype Interviews have become more and more common in the past three years and students need to be prepared if the situation arises during their job search. The principle is simple; it’s still a real interview and you should prepare for it as such, but there are a few additional tips to keep in mind.

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Finding a Federal Job


I recently attended a workshop at UCS in which Career Counselor Emily Gomez covered 10 steps to finding a federal job:

Step 1: Research

• Determine your target agencies and learn their missions
• Identify which occupational series you would like to search by (there are hundreds!)
• Research pay grades and promotional opportunities to determine what salary meets your expectations

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A Career in Human Resources


Tiffany Allen is the Director of Library Human Resources at UNC- Chapel Hill. I interviewed Tiffany to gain insight into her experience, her daily routine and responsibilities, and even received some valuable advice along the way.

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The Importance of Social Media to Your Career


File 9124Social Media is very important when it comes to your job or internship search. Although you can easily communicate with others through social media, the problem is simple: the easier it is to communicate with others online, the more vulnerable your privacy is. What you post on social media is like a permanent ink that you can’t remove.

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First-year Friday: Tap Into Your Carolina Network


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So Ashley is talking to her friend Julia in Psychology 101 about the next paper that they have to read, sharing her pains and successes. Ashley’s a first year who’s feeling a little intimidated by the big lecture hall class while Julia is actually a seasoned junior trying to fulfilling a general education requirement. As the two of them start talking, Ashley realizes how interested Julia is in biology research, something Ashley has always wanted get involved in.

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Careers for Liberal Arts Majors


I attended a Career for Liberal Arts Majors Panel a couple of weeks ago. The panelists included representatives from Credit-Suisse, Center for Student Success and Academic Counseling, Top of the Hill, The Juice Box Fine Wines & Spirits, and Teach for America. Originally, I thought to myself: How do these people relate to my major at all, and what exactly am I supposed to take from this? In the end, I ended up gaining a lot more insight than I initially thought.

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First-year Friday: Never Be Afraid to Ask


File 9063By far, the best advice I have been given is to never be afraid to ask. Whether asking if a professor is willing to give you advice or if Ben & Jerry’s has more cookie dough ice cream in the back, often times, the answer will be yes! Fellow Tar Heels are always willing to help. So first-years, make the most of your time at Carolina and never be afraid to ask!

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