Self-awareness Problem Solving Technical Application

Evaluate your options and utilize effective decision making skills to pinpoint potential career fits.

Your Goals

  • Pinpoint & try out 2-4 good career fits
  • Identify 5 potential employers or graduate schools
  • Set goals and timelines

Your Action Steps

Meet with your career advisor to narrow your options

Meet with your career advisor to narrow your options

The University Career Center provides individual appointments to students at UNC Charlotte who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral program. Our office provides individual appointments to alumni up to 5 years past graduation. Login to Hire-A-Niner and click “Meet With Your Career Advisor” to make an appointment.

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What to expect:

  • Sessions are about you and what is important for you. The Career Team is available to help you with areas ranging from career exploration and decision making to action planning for internships, job searching, and graduate school.
  • Progress is made through active participation on your part. Come to the University Career Center ready to work and with your thoughts and ideas on your career goals!
  • You are the expert on YOU. The Career Team is the expert on the career planning process. Our center is built around a number of resources to help you shape your career while at UNC Charlotte. Our job is to help you plan effectively and to find the information necessary to make informed decisions about your career.
  • Our Career Team is trained to provide you with new tactics, strategies, and ideas to help you build your career.

What NOT to expect:

  • We are not able to provide you with an exact list of employers, graduate programs, or jobs that are a "fit" for you. Instead, we can provide you with the resources to help you develop your own strong list.
  • We do not have a "test" that will tell you what to do with your career or can we tell you what path to take. We have strategies and resources for exploring the many options you have and the paths to take to reach your career goals.
  • Your academic advisor is a trained professional that can assist you with your course selection and other parameters about changing majors.
  • We do not write your resume for you. Instead, we provide you with a number of resources to build your marketing brand and Career Team members on staff to provide review and formatting suggestions.

Get internships

University Professional Internship Program (UPIP) - UPIP is an on-campus program that provides internships in professional roles to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are seeking their first bachelor’s degree and are in good standing with the university. This program is a great way to learn more about potential career paths while adding value to various departments across campus.

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Off-Campus Internships -  off-campus internships provide students an opportunity gain experience in various fields and industries of interest. There are many opportunities posted in Hire-A-Niner that are both paid and non-paid, as well as some that allow for academic credit.  Internships tend to be 10-12 weeks in length. Login to Hire-A-Niner to search for internship opportunities.

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Job shadow a career of interest

Job shadowing is an excellent way for students to follow, or “shadow,” a professional for a day or longer to get a close, first-hand look at what a day in the life of a particular position or career entails. This will help you determine whether or not a position or career path is a good fit for you.

What to do

  • Before you arrive for your job shadow, research the organization and industry to prepare yourself for the day.
  • Observe a professional in action to learn about their day-to-day responsibilities.
  • Ask questions about their role, the organization, and the industry.
  • Tour the facilities and meet a variety of professionals within the organization.
  • Be sure to follow up the shadowing experience with a personal thank you email or note.

Login to Hire-A-Niner and schedule an appointment with your career advisor to learn more and get started.

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Network to confirm your direction

You might not realize it, but you connect with people every day. You can easily use these encounters to your advantage to learn about potential careers. For example, you have opportunities to network when you:

  • Attend professional conferences, conventions, and presentations.
  • Visit people at a social club, community agency, or religious gathering.
  • Greet those who are sitting near you at a sporting event.
  • Talk with your neighbors.
  • Strike up a conversation while waiting in the check-out line at the grocery store.
  • Reconnect with old friends and colleagues online.

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