Carolina Career Readiness Passport

Carolina Career Readiness Passport

All undergraduate students at UNC interested in enhancing their personal and professional development skills are eligible to participate in the UCS Carolina Career Readiness Passport. Sophomore and Junior Students pursuing Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Majors are strongly encouraged to participate. This program is primarily for students who lack any pre-professional college work experience defined as work experiences related to their academic major or career goal. Note: Passport requirements must be completed within two semesters.

 

EXPLORE – PREPARE – CONNECT

UCS Carolina Career Readiness Passport – supported by Industry Partners* (for students with no pre-professional college work experience)

EXPLORE

PREPARE

CONNECT

  • Focus 2 Assessment
  • What Can I do with this Major?
  • Handshake Profile Completion

(Managed by UCS)

Required

  • Job Description Review
  • Information Interview
  • Resume Review
  • Mock Interview
  • LinkedIn Learning

(Managed by UCS)

Required

  • Career Day/Fair
  • Company Info Session
  • Recruiter Table

(Managed by UCS)

 

Required (minimum one)

Your First Steps with UCS

(Career Education Workshop)

Required

Internship Search Strategies

(Career Education Workshop)

Required

Project Management Job Function Pathway Micro-Internship

(Parker Dewey Micro-Internship Platform)

Choose One of Three Options

Connecting Interests to Majors and Career Paths

(Career Education Workshop)

Required

LinkedIn: Expand Your Network, Leverage Your Job Search

(Career Education Workshop)

Required

Technical and Scientific Sales Job Function Pathway Micro Internship

(Parker Dewey Micro-Internship Platform)

Choose One of Three Options

  • *Clifton Strengths Assessment*
  • NACE Career Readiness Competencies
  • Industry and Job Functions Research Assignment

(*Conducted by UCS Career Coaches)

Required

Career Fair Cram Sessions

(Career Education Workshop)

 

 

 

Required

Business Analysts & Consulting Job Function Pathway Micro-Internship

(Parker Dewey Micro-Internship Platform)

 

 

Choose One of Three Options

 

Lean Into Your Strengths

(Career Education Workshop)

 

Required

Employer Meetup: Ace The Interview

(Career Education Workshop

Employer Meetup: Standout On Handshake

(Career Education Workshop)

Required

 

How to Leverage a Micro-Internship for the Career YOU Want

(Career Education Workshop)

Required

1:1 Career Coaching Appointment

(*Conducted by UCS Career Coaches)

 

Required (3 appointments)

How to Evaluate a Potential Employer’s Inclusive Workplace Leadership

(Career Education Workshop)

Required

Deliverable: Career & Life Plan

(Reviewed by UCS Career Coach)

 

Required

 

Who

All undergraduate students at UNC interested in enhancing their personal and professional development skills are eligible to participate in the UCS Carolina Career Readiness Passport. Sophomore and Junior Students pursuing Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Majors are strongly encouraged to participate. This program is primarily for students who lack any pre-professional college work experience defined as work experiences related to their academic major or career goal. Note: Passport requirements must be completed within two semesters.

What

On a completely voluntary basis, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to receive a UCS Career Readiness Passport that certifies having completed the requirements for being NACE Career Ready and prepared to clearly articulate their value proposition and employability to employers.

Where

The majority of workshops and events are offered through University Career Services, and will be virtual and in-person. Please check Handshake for event details.

Why

While the Carolina Career Readiness Passport Program is open to all undergraduate students at UNC, it is especially beneficial for students in interdisciplinary and liberal arts majors. We find that these students are typically challenged to clearly communicate their transferrable skills and academic learning outcomes in ways that resonate with recruiters seeking to fill in-demand jobs and internships. The Carolina Career Readiness Passport Program provides a means for students in those majors to be competitive for the in-demand jobs in North Carolina and beyond, position themselves for a future internship, full-time job opportunity, startup venture, or graduate school.

How

Tracking:

Students participating in the Carolina Career Readiness Passport Program activities are personally responsible for tracking their own progress. University Career Services will use Handshake and other tools to facilitate assignment completions so it is important that participants log into events using their UNC credentials in order for attendance to be tracked, and for assignments to be submitted. 

Note: Upon application to receive the Carolina Career Readiness Passport Program, your participation and completion of required assignments is checked based on electronic attendance and submission records. Misrepresenting your participation in this credential program may result in a violation of the University Honor Code. For any questions about these requirements, please contact Roderick Lewis, Roderick.Lewis@unc.edu.

University Honor Code:

It shall be the responsibility of every student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to obey and support the enforcement of the Honor Code. The Honor Code prohibits lying, cheating, or stealing when these actions involve academic processes or university, student, or academic personnel acting in an official capacity.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many activities are required?

The Carolina Career Readiness Passport Program is designed to be self-directed. You must complete all of the required activities plus one of the optional Job Function Pathway Micro-Internships in order to be eligible to receive your passport that covers the three categories (i.e., Explore, Prepare, and Connect).

How is attendance tracked?

Log in to all University Career Services virtual workshops through Zoom using your UNC credentials. For upcoming virtual fairs, follow registration instructions through Handshake. For in-person events and activities, register on Handshake and check-in using the available kiosks.

What if I’m not interested in the designated Job Function Pathway Micro-Internships?

These activities will take place on the Parker Dewey Micro-Internship Platform. A minimum of one of the listed Job Function Pathways Micro-Internships must be completed in order to be eligible to obtain the passport. However, students are welcome to identify and complete additional job function pathway experiences listed on the platform that more closely align with their professional interests.

Does participation guarantee me a job at the companies that support this passport?

No. However, it does guarantee that you will receive an interview if you earn the credential. We have established that protocol with the participating companies and continue to add to that list each year.

I have a conflict with an event, is there a makeup time?

Most events will be offered in fall semester and in spring semester, with possible virtual recordings for future access. Keep an eye on the Handshake calendar and the UCS News and Events site for details.