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Explore career options for your major
Research occupation/industry knowledge needed for success
Explore education/training requirements
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Ready to explore career options?
JobZology can help! It will help guide you toward discovering purpose and meaning while exploring majors and occupations that align with your interests, personality, values and workplace preferences.
Use JobZology to:
Learn about possible paths by taking assessments that will help you think about what is important to you.
Explore the different career paths that make the most sense for your interests and values.
Prepare for future jobs by learning about your strengths and the type of environment you need to succeed.
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Complete four assessments of your Values, Interests, Personality, and Workplace Preferences,
Review your personalized assessments reports.
Explore your Career Matches to see what education and career paths are a fit for you.
Complete these exercises to help you learn more about your results!
A career panel is a unique opportunity to hear from multiple professionals and experts on various career topics or industries. Panelists typically speak about their experiences and offer valuable advice to those considering careers in their areas of expertise.
Login to Hire-A-Niner and RSVP under “Career Events.”
An informational interview is typically a one-on-one conversation with someone who works in a field of interest; the purpose is for you to gain information and insight into the career, employer, and industry.
Investigate all of the different settings where people work in the careers that interest you. For example, if you are considering nursing, examine positions in hospitals, doctor’s offices and clinics, community health centers, rehabilitation centers, schools and colleges, and research facilities. Or if you are studying physical education, look into community recreation or corporate wellness.
It is also desirable to obtain more than one perspective on the careers of interest to you. Interview individuals who hold these positions and their supervisors or department heads. (Keep in mind that it is often easier to start with the boss and then be “sent down” to the level where you might start.) Talk to people in more than one organization because jobs can differ greatly depending on the work environment of individual employers.
People employed in the jobs that you are interested in can provide great information on:
A realistic idea of their work day
Information on the types of organizations that hire in the field
Current ranges on starting salaries and future earnings
Information on advancement opportunities
The skills and credentials necessary to secure employment
The employment demand for people in their field
Advice on where to look for jobs in the field
Supervisors or department heads can provide additional information on:
An overview of the structure of the organization
Advice about other related jobs
Advice on getting started in the field and what they seek when hiring
Advice about career progressions
Referrals to other people in the field
Try to conduct your first interviews with people whom you know so that you can become polished at the process before you venture out into the unknown. At the end of an informational interview, always ask the interviewee for a referral to another person or two in the field from which you may obtain further information. In this way you will develop you own network of contacts.
Do job shadowing in careers 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.
Students who do thorough research and carefully match what they want from their graduate education with what a particular program has to offer are generally more satisfied with their choice. As you conduct research on graduate programs, consider the following aspects of the programs.
Curriculum & Course Sequencing - Review each program's required coursework and course sequencing to gauge your interest and skills in those areas. Many programs allow students to take electives or choose areas of focus within the program.
Faculty - At the graduate level, it’s especially important for students who want to specialize in a particular area to attend a program with a professor(s) with the same field of interest. Working closely with a faculty member who is highly regarded in the field is often more important than attending a prestigious university. Since many graduate students hold Research Assistant positions or conduct research for a thesis or dissertation, having access to program faculty with similar research interests in important.
Admission Standards - Graduate programs often consider a range of factors when looking into prospective students, and some programs can be very competitive. Does your profile match that of the typical admitted student? Does the program require or recommend full-time work experience before enrollment? What is the deadline to apply? Do applicants that apply early have in edge? (Also keep in mind financial aid deadlines may be earlier!)
Program Length & Progress Requirements - Consider how long it will take to complete the programs (a master's degree typically takes 2 years and a doctoral degree takes 4 to 8 years) and whether there are options to take courses part-time (if that's an interest of yours). If you plan to work while pursuing a graduate degree, take into consideration the timing of classes and minimum course loads. It may be wise to talk to program staff to find out about the average time-to-degree for students in the program (which may be different than how long the program is "supposed" to take).
Student Profile - Many graduate students say that their interactions with other students in the program contributed greatly to their learning and overall experience. What is the ratio of students entering the program directly from college to those with several years work experience following their undergraduate degree? What is the ratio of full-time to part-time students? Are there relevant student organizations?
Funding Availability - Assistantships and fellowships can be valuable sources of financial support and professional experience, so discuss opportunities with program staff.
Accreditation and Program Reputation - In some fields, attending an accredited program is very important and may impact licensure and employment options. Program and faculty reputation is also important. Talk with professionals in your field about programs they feel are considered strong.
University Professional Internship Program (UPIP) - UPIP is an on-campus program that provides paid 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.
Off-Campus Internships - off-campus internships provide students an opportunity to gain experience in various fields and industries of interest. There are many opportunities posted in Hire-A-Niner (some are paid, some are unpaid). Some academic programs offer academic credit for internships. To find out whether your department offers internship credit, talk to your academic advisor. Internships tend to be 10-12 weeks in length. Login to Hire-A-Niner to search for internship opportunities.
UNC Charlotte has more than 350 student organizations to choose from, offering something for everyone. There are many benefits to joining a student organization: making new friends, developing new skills and abilities, working as part of a team, learning to set and achieve goals, sharing your time and talents, as well as having fun.
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.
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.
Register for a Career Trek
Career Treks are...
one-day opportunities exclusively for UNC Charlotte students to experience the culture at different companies and organizations in the Charlotte area and beyond. Career Treks typically consist of a tour, an overview of the company/organization, and an opportunity to network.
What will I be doing on a Career Trek?
The Career Treks program is an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes perspective of an organization. Itineraries for career treks will vary, but you will likely:
Receive a tour of the facilities
Partake in a Q&A session with current employees
Network with professionals
How long does a Career Trek last?
The length of Career Treks vary by company, but most will last between 2-4 hours.
What should I wear?
Business casual attire is required for all Career Treks unless otherwise stated in the materials you receive after you register. Jeans of any color, shorts, and t-shirts are inappropriate attire for Treks and students will not be permitted to attend if they arrive dressed inappropriately for the event.
Transportation is provided for Career Treks participants. Students will be transported to and
from campus by the care of University Career Center staff in university-owned vehicles.
What are the requirements to participate?
Most Career Treks target specific student populations by academic major, industry of interest, and/or class level. You will only be able to view Career Treks that fit you based off of the aforementioned descriptions. If you perform a search in the Events tab of your Hire-A-Niner profile but do not see a Career Trek opportunity appear, please check back on a regular basis as opportunities may arise.
Is there a fee to participate in a Career Trek?
Student participation in Career Treks is completely free.
How do I prepare for a Career Trek?
Research the company/organization you will be visiting and develop a list of 5-10 engaging questions to ask employees during the Trek, such as
Could you explain your organizational structure?
How would you describe the organization’s workplace culture?
What makes a potential employee’s resume stand out from the rest?
What do you enjoy most about your work with this organization?
Practice your 30-second pitch. Visit the Brand section of the Career Guide for helpful strategies as you develop your pitch.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
Consider bringing a professional padfolio or notebook with you to take notes during the visit and collect contact information of the employees you meet. Write your questions down prior to the Trek to reference throughout the day.
Consider bringing several copies of your resume to provide to the host employer. Stop by the Career Center’s drop-in hours Monday-Friday, 10 am – 4pm for a quick, 10-minute resume review prior to the Career Trek.
What should I do after the Career Trek?
Follow up with a thank you email and/or LinkedIn message to the host employer.
What is the cancellation policy?
If you must cancel your Career Trek registration, you must email Jessie Simonik (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Career Treks program manager, no later than 48 hours before the event. Career Treks frequently have wait lists for students to attend so please act quickly if you have to give up your spot to ensure one of your peers can attend in your place.
What happens if I don’t show up?
If you cancel with less than 48 hours’ notice and/or no-show to the Career Trek itself, you must write a letter of apology to the host employer within five days of the missed event. Students who do not comply within five business days of the missed Career Trek will be made inactive in Hire-A-Niner and unable to search jobs, use On-Campus Recruiting, etc., until their apology is received.
Watch informational video interviews featuring industry professionals from hundreds of industries, careers, and majors through Candid Career online.
Research international careers online in GoinGlobal
GoinGlobal career and employment resources provide worldwide job and internship postings including 80,000+ pages of career guides. The University Career Center is proud to offer the GoinGlobal resource to our community in partnership with the Office of International Programs.
The University Career Center contracts with GoinGlobal to make its career and employment services available to UNC Charlotte students. However, we cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of any programs, information, or advice found on the GoinGlobal website. Further, any employment or internship arrangements made by the student using GoinGlobal resources are entirely the responsibility of the student, the employer/organization, and GoinGlobal.
Any UNC Charlotte students doing an international internship need to work with the Office of Education Abroad (OEA) to procure the appropriate insurance and pre-departure documentation. Please contact OEA at 704-687-7747 or email@example.com for more information.
Stop by WCIDWAMI (What Can I Do With A Major In) Day
WCIDWAMI Day is an excellent way to speak with representatives from academic departments across campus to learn more about various majors, minors, and career paths. This event takes place each fall semester in conjunction with the Part-time Job Fair. Check back early each fall for additional event details.
Visit employer information sessions
Employer information sessions are a great way for students and alumni to learn more about an organization in an interactive setting. Information sessions typically consist of a company presentation detailing the values and mission of the company, recent projects, company culture and their hiring process followed by a Q&A and an opportunity for students and alumni to network with recruiters. Both “on-campus” and “virtual” information sessions are available.
Login to Hire-A-Niner and RSVP under “Recruiting Events.”
Realize your potential to impact the environment and community through the power of social action, responsible citizenship, and volunteerism.
Government, education, and nonprofit organizations interact with UNC Charlotte to provide students with opportunities to give back to their community in a variety of ways. Use this experience to learn about industries, topics of interest, and career directions. These opportunities also provide new skills, experiences, and knowledge that could be leveraged towards full-time work and graduate programs.