Career Peers

First-year Friday: Do's and Don'ts for Finals

File 9223It’s finals time. That time of year when students are grabbing their grade calculators to see what they have to make on the final to get a grade that they want. The time where you lock yourself in the library for hours, studying. Your first round of final exams can be stressful to say the least, but soon after you can breathe a sigh of relief because you have completed your first semester! Here are a few do’s and don’ts for finals:

Been There, Done That: Changing My Major

At this point we’re all preparing for exams and getting ready to settle in to three weeks of Netflix and no 8 am classes.  Winter break serves as a great time to recharge, but it also provides a period to reflect on the past semester: What went well and what… didn’t.  Some students may find themselves questioning the major they have selected, and whether it’s the right fit.  Throughout my own college experience I have drifted between about five different departments. Changing your major? Been there done that.

Tuesday Tip: Why you Should Expand your Professional Network

File 9584In my opinion, networking can be one of the hardest parts of developing your career. At first, it may seem very intimidating. Not very many people love trying to make small talk with professionals in the field they are interested in, and most find it to be somewhat awkward and uncomfortable. It doesn’t have to be this way! After all is said and done, networking is simply about making a connection with someone. It can happen in a professional setting, like at networking events or in a professional association, or in an informal setting, like at the grocery store or while volunteering. It is important to remember that networking is about creating authentic relationships with people. It is easy to tell when someone is using your for your connections, so it is always a good idea to get to know the people in your network on a deeper level.

Been There, Done That: Created My Own Internship Opportunity

One of the most valuable things a student can do during college is complete an internship. You’ve probably heard this a million times before, but it is absolutely true. They are great for gaining work experience, forming connections, and so much more. However, it can be hard to find internships, especially when you are interested in a career that doesn’t have a lot of internship opportunities. I learned during my time here at Carolina, that sometimes the best internship positions do not exist yet.

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.