Career Peers

Tuesday Tip: Asking for a Reference

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Finding a professor to serve as a reference for future job searching or grad school applications can be a daunting task.  At the beginning of college it’s easy to get discouraged—so many of the gen ed classes are large lectures.  But remember, you’ve got four years and the following helpful tips.

First-year Friday: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

File 9223To get the most out of your college learning experience it’s important to try new things!  By trying new things and getting out of your comfort zone you’ll learn more about yourself and all of the opportunities that are available to you.  Here’s a list of 3 things you should try before the end of your first year:

Tuesday Tip: Maintain Relationships

File 9584A tip I have in terms of Career Development is always make sure to maintain one relationship from each internship you have. Whether that relationship is with a supervisor, co-worker or fellow intern, you never know when those connections may come in handy.  Maintaining a relationship with a supervisor is oftentimes the most obvious way of forming a connection, however in my experience forming a lasting connection with a co-worker has helped me more often than not.

Informational Interview: Investment Entrepreneurs

Have you ever thought of being your own boss? Whether it’s right out of college or down the road in life, starting your own company can be a rewarding experience. To get a better insight into this career pursuit, I interviewed two investment portfolio managers – a husband and wife – who started their own business 25 years ago.

Been There, Done That: Leveraging your Study Abroad Experience

Studying abroad can be one of the most exhilarating, rewarding, carefree, and valuable time of your life. You have an amazing opportunity to grow as a person, experience new cultures, and challenge yourself in new and exciting ways. Unfortunately, like all good things, your time abroad must end and you have to return to the real world. Luckily, the benefits of studying abroad do not have to end when you return home, as it can be an incredibly useful tool when interviewing for jobs and internships.

Informational Interview: Dental Assistant

The allied health sciences make up about 60% of health care professionals. These professionals are outside of medical doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, and are a key part to patient care and contact and assisting doctors. There are many careers in allied health. I interviewed Mrs. Tracy, a dental assistant in UNC's dental school. 

What’s so great about an informational interview, anyway?

Whether you’re about to be a second-semester senior or you’re still just a first-semester freshman, it’s important to think about a path after graduation. There’s a multitude of options, and some of the most popular include finding a job in an industry of interest or going to graduate school. Whatever you’re thinking about, or even if you’re just trying to decide what’s right for you, you should consider conducting an informational interview (in addition to exploring all the resources UCS has to offer!). But why are informational interviews so important?

Tuesday Tip: UCS Can Help with Grad School Too!

File 9584University Career Services doesn’t just help you land a job after your senior year – the office is a resource for you to use throughout your time at Carolina, no matter your major or plans after graduation. If you plan to go to graduate school, UCS is here to help!

First-year Friday: Choosing Gen Eds

File 9223Now that we’ve reached the final stretch of the semester, class registration is quickly approaching. Pretty soon, we’ll all be anxiously staring at our computer screens, watching little green circles turn into yellow triangles…and then into those terrible blue squares. But, of course, in order to know what classes to check up on, you have to plan your schedule. One aspect of the planning process that first-years tend to dread is choosing classes that fulfill the general education requirements (gen eds).

Informational Interview: Digital Advertising Company Co-Founder

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Recently I had a chance to interview Craig Wiesen, president and cofounder of a young digital advertising company based out of Herndon, VA called Eye Popper Digital.