As UNC’s graduating seniors prepare to turn their tassels, they are faced with the looming question: What comes after college?
For some, post-graduation jobs are already secured. For others, they plan to continue to higher education, an internship or a fellowship. And for the rest, their next move is a mystery.
To guide students in this process, University Career Services offers tools like a training system for interview prep, career fairs and one-on-one coaching appointments. Additionally, some of the University’s professional schools have internal career services departments.
Derek Just, alumni and student career services coordinator for the Gillings School of Global Public Health, said as Public Health School undergraduate students finish their four years, about half of them go directly into employment while the other half go on to additional education, training, residency or fellowship opportunities.
Just works with alumni for Gillings School Career Services, a unique opportunity that provides career guidance even after students have graduated.
“I just worked with a doctor who spent 30 years as an OB-GYN and now wants to transition more into program management, and who hadn’t touched his resume in a couple of decades,” Just said.
Just said both graduate and undergraduate alumni of the Public Health School have access to his services indefinitely.
The Hussman School of Journalism and Media also has its own career services department, which annually releases a “First Destinations” report. Of graduates in the class of 2021, 91% were reported as employed and 9% went on to higher education. Besides North Carolina, the report cites New York and New Jersey as the top location for Hussman School graduates.
The Hussman School Alumni Board offers a Mentorship Program, and the School has Career Peers, who are undergraduate students that provide career assistance to other students. The School also offers Career Treks, which allow students to meet with companies and alumni across the country.