Recently, I’ve gotten the chance to discover the world of consulting through the eyes of Mary Winn Miller, a management consultant who works as an Engagement Manager for McKinsey Consulting, one of the premier consulting firms in the world. She also happens to be someone who I call a mentor, friend, and lately, “boss”. This is consulting as she sees it.
We all know that your first semester of college is one of the most important semesters in your Carolina career. You’re finally in college, and for some of you, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for and preparing for your whole life. Undoubtedly, what you do this semester will determine the rest of your time here at Carolina and will have profound implications on the rest of your life. You need to get good grades, meet your best friends, get involved all across campus, and figure out what your major and future career will be. All the while you must avoid the horrors we all know about college first years: skipping classes, unruly professors, drugs, and of course, the dreaded freshman fifteen. Pretty much, you can’t mess up this semester.
No pressure or anything.
Wrong. Absolutely not. Could not be farther from the truth. Your first semester is important, but there is no way everyone does it perfectly.
Being a librarian is not just shelving and circulation. Wanda Gunther, Authority Control and Database Management Librarian in UNC’s Davis library gives an inside look on the ins and outs of what goes on behind the stacks.
Interested in a career in Campus Recreation? Mandy Madden, UNC’s Sport Clubs Coordinator, has some insight on what it is like.
I swear I have met so many friends who are completely set on a major and are not willing to explore anything else. Don’t do it. I beg you.
To be honest, I was in the same place you were last year. I found my major, or so I thought, and I was scared to change it. I made a mistake because I did not keep an open mind, and I do not want you to do the same thing!
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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