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Welcome, new Tar Heels! Hopefully you’ve adjusted well to your surroundings and have taken advantage of the so many opportunities UNC has to offer. One of the opportunities that seem too far well in advance is utilizing University Career Services for your career and professional goals. Though you don’t have to find internships this semester or prepare for job entry for the next year, there are still many ways UCS can be a part of your first-year experience, no matter if you’re undecided or already have something in mind.


One of my favorite services UCS offers is the self-assessment, which include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory (SSI), key tools in the career exploration. They identify your skills, interests, and personality that can help you identify what to choose as a major. I took the MBTI that identified me as an INFJ, and specified that I would do well in service-oriented careers such as education, counseling, and healthcare. The SSI shows potential areas of study that are related to your interests and can help make an informed decision. Another resource is the EDUC 131 Career Exploration course that helps students plan for career paths, create a first resume/cover letter, learn to network, and learn about campus resources through panels.


Another resource you can utilize is the pre-professional advising offered by some of our career counselors – pre-graduate, pre-health, and pre-law. A very convenient service that UCS offers for first-years is the satellite location in The Hardin Hub, located in Hardin Residence Hall.


Be sure to stop by the UCS office in the 2nd floor of Hanes hall, and set up an appointment with one of our career counselors today! Also be sure to pick up a calendar that lists all of the events and workshops in career exploration, resume writing, LinkedIn, tips on attending a career fair, and many more!


Samantha Ty
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ‘17
BA in Global Studies | Concentration: Global Health and Western Europe
Minor in Public Policy

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