Here to Help: Meeting with Your Career Advisor

How is the Career Advisor different from my Academic Advisor? How do I find out who is my Career Advisor?

Every semester, around registration time, this is a rush among students to meet with their advisors. Some students meet because they just need their registration holds removed, while others feel lost–unsure of what courses they should consider next. While seeing an academic advisor is very important, students should not stop there. The Career Center also offers advising–career advising, that is.

Unknown to many, each student is assigned a Career Advisor based on their major (or lack of major). Students can meet with their Career Advisor to discussing choosing a major, gaining experience, resume writing, the job search, and much more. A Career Advisor will not tell you what coursework you should take, but they can discuss how your choice of a major (and minors) can determine what fields you can enter after graduation. Career Advisors can help students through the career development process, which is essential for post-graduation success. It is strongly encouraged that students meet with their Career Advisor early in their academic career, and to meet with them as often as needed.

Students can meet with their Career Advisors by making an appointment for a 30 minute session, or students can stop by during drop-in hours. Drop-in’s are a chance to sit down and speak with an advisor for a brief session of 10-15 minutes, with no appointment needed. Students who are interested in completing a self-assessment can also meet with a Career Advisor to go over the results. These sessions are usually 1 hour. Students who are preparing to apply for internships or full-time work also have the opportunity to participate in a Mock Interview with their Career Advisor! This is a chance for students to get instant feedback on their professional appearance and interviewing skills. As stated, Career Advisors are here to help student in every step of the way! It is so important that students take the opportunity to meet with an advisor!

To find out who is your Career Advisor (or to make an appointment), call our front desk at 704-687-2231. Students can also check out this link: http://career.uncc.edu/staff.cfm?type=advisor&sort=last_name. –ebs

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