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Samara Reynolds. , Kenan-Flagler Business School. Jade . Barricelli. & Emily Gomez. , University Career Services. Across the Old Well Advising Conference, Fall 2015. Introductions. Presenters. Attendees. ID: 422361 Download Presentation

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Encouraging Thoughtful Career Exploration and Decision-Making

Samara Reynolds, Kenan-Flagler Business SchoolJade Barricelli & Emily Gomez, University Career ServicesAcross the Old Well Advising Conference, Fall 2015



PresentersAttendeesStudent population(s) and interest areasTypical career-related concerns you hear aboutTopic/Rationale for Presentation


Agenda/Intended Outcomes

Participants will become familiar with common career concerns, timelines, and questions of today’s college studentsParticipants will  understand four strategies that students can use to collect career information while at UNCParticipants will see and learn about career-related online resources that are available to them and their studentsParticipants will have the opportunity to practice responding to career concerns in academic and other advising settings


Common Career Concerns & Questions

Major to Career Connection Overwhelming Number of Professional Options Peer and Parental Expectations/ComparisonsCompensation – internship & full-timeFurther Education Possibility or NecessityDecision-Making/FOMO


Suggested Strategies for Collecting Career Information

Utilizing Online Resources for ExplorationEngaging with Coursework & FacultyConducting Informational InterviewsAdding Experiential Opportunities


Online Resources

Exploration:“What Can I Do With This Major?”O*NET and Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau of Labor Statistics)Career Insider by VAULT (login & access through careers.unc.edu)Self-Evaluation:Strong Interest Inventory Assessment (SII-Interests)Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI-Personality)


Coursework & Faculty

EDUC 131 – Career Exploration CourseMajor, Minor, and Elective Courses to build knowledge and interestOffice Hours – not just for homework and exam-related questions!Recommendation Letters & References


Informational Interviews

Short (~20-30 min.) conversations to learn about professional paths in a less intimidating, more casual format Ask questions about:Career Path, AdviceDay-to-Day Work, Challenges & Rewards, TrendsReferrals (people or resources) Family, Friends, Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Other ProfessionalsLinkedIn & Alumni database


Experiential Opportunities

VolunteeringShadowing/ExternshipsInternships – Paid, Unpaid, For CreditPart-Time Jobs (School Year or Summer)UNC’s Earn as You Learn portalResearchClass and Independent ProjectsStudent Organization Events & Leadership


Case Study #1

Alex is a sophomore Biology major that came into UNC as a Pre-Med student, but is finding the hard science coursework less interesting and more difficult than it was in high school. They still like the idea of helping people and working in the healthcare field but really aren’t sure where to focus if not on being a medical practitioner like they’d originally planned. They come to you for guidance, since you have built a strong relationship as their academic advisor. What next steps would you suggest?


Case Study #2

Jo is a rising senior who has spent most of their time and energy as a UNC student focused on balancing coursework with a position on the varsity rowing team. Now in the home stretch, but with little formal job or internship experience to speak of, Jo is anxious about life after Carolina and comes to you to talk about the potential of going to graduate school in a field similar to their undergraduate major. They would like our opinion on whether they should move forward with this plan, and if so, what are some good programs to look into?


Moving Forward

Explore these and other career resources yourselfRefer students to UCS or their in-department Career Services staff members for additional counseling and adviceRecognize the link between academics, student engagement, and career development for students at UNCBecome an intentional member of the Carolina Career Community



Thank you!Jade Barricelli, Emily Gomez, & Samara ReynoldsUCS: careers.unc.edu Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Business Program: kenan-flagler.unc.edu/programs/undergraduate-business/career-services




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