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The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, September 18, 1984, Page 10, Image 10

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4Career Planning September 18, 1984 Minority Fair on Ti hursday "Careers don't just happen they're planned. In order to reap the benefits of freedom to choose from any number of career options, today's minority student needs to begin early to plan for a career," said Marian Holmes, health science placement counse lor with University Career Plan ning and Placement Services. "Finding meaningful and satisfy ing employment today is a difficult task for anyone. It involves know ing how to use your talents, inclinations and experiences, how to utilize the art of flexibility, and how to plan a course of action to improve your chances of achieving vocational and life goals." Since only a small percentage of UNC students are hired through on-campus interviews, Holmes encourages students to take advan tage of all of the resources avail able to them as a Carolina student. Counselors at UCPPS can assist students in developing the skills necessary to become more self reliant in their job search. One service designed especially for the minority student is the Minority Career Fair, sponsored by UCPPS. The Minority Career Fair will Tips be held on Thursday from noon to 5:30 p.m. in Carmichael Aud itorium. The fair will provide students with the opportunity to meet with employers from about 75 local and national companies in an informal setting. Students will be able to develop contacts at the various companies and gather information on the firms who attend. It will also help students to learn about the types of skills they'll need for entry and survival in various professions and organizations. For more informa tion about the Minority Career Fair and other services, contact Marian Holmes at 962-6507. from page 1 personal disappointment and a renewal of moti vation to perform more optimally in the future. Remember that non-verbal elements also influence a prospective employer. Dress and act as professionally as you possibly can. Try to make eye contact with any person to whom you are speaking, and demonstrate by posture, voice level, and facial expression that you are interested and enthusiastic about what is taking place in the interview. Keep on trying! All job searches require a great deal of time (frequently 3-6 months), and no one should expect to begin job-hunting on May 15 and start work on June 1. It takes just as long to find an unsatisfying job as a satisfying one, so "staying the course" until the right position is offered will benefit you in the long run. Perseverance means continued effort also, so dont make a few half hearted attempts at the job and then. sit around waiting for the world to come to your door. Dont wait for "good luck" make your own luck. Guide to Career Planning Vance Trefethen Editor Dick Anderson Managing Editor Uihr Sathj (Tar litrt JeffHiday, Editor Joel Broadway, Managing Editor Jeff Neuville, Photography Editor Stuart Tonklnson, News Editor This career insert has been sponsored by the following companies: W.H. Brady Company Burroughs Wellcome Company CBS Inc. Central Carolina Bank & Trust Co., N.A. Central Intelligence Agency General Electric Company General Electric Co., Lamp Products Sales Johnson Wax R.H. Macy & Co., Inc. The MITRE Corporation NCNB Corporation Philadelphia National Bank Trust Company Bank United Carolina Bank U.S. Government FBI U.S. Navy Officer Programs Wachovia Bank and Trust Company Representatives of these and other companies will be participating in the Minority Career Fair and the Careers in Business Fair on Sept. 20 and 21. Please plan to attend to talk with them about career opportunities available in their respective organizations. University Career Planning and Placement Services and The Daily Tar Heel wish to express gratitude for the support provided for this helpful publication. University Career Planning and Placement Services 211 Hanes Hall (019-A) (919)962-6507 Internships make jobs You hear it all the time: "I cant get a job because employ ers want experience. Yet how can I get experience if I cant land a job?" The answer: You get an internship. What is an internship any way? Internships can be lots of different things, but mostly an internship is a transition between learning and practice. Internships are a way of bridg ing the gap a way of sampling life in a professional workplace without making a career com mittment. Internships can pro vide a sneak preview of various careers and can give you a chance to measure expectations against reality. "I cant think of a better experience for a pre-med stu dent," says Margaret Anna Kalet, a senior sociology major from Winston-Salem who spent the past summer interning as a surgical technician in a local hospital. "This experience def initely confirmed by career intentions." Opportunities to apply what you have learned in the class room and to acquire new skills and knowledge can also be supplied by an internship. In addition, an internship can help you make important employer contacts that may be useful in your senior year job search. An internship commonly is short, ranging from a month to a year; it is a limited commit tment, with no strings attached regarding future employment. Some internships offer financial reward, some academic credit, others both or neither. They are available in just about any field imaginable from accounting to oceanographic research. Comprehensive listings o internship information, includ ing local and state opportuni ties, have been compiled by University Career Planning and Placement Services. Internship directories and summer job listings, information on whom to contact and other prerequisite information is available in the UCPPS resource room. The experiential learning program also offers some on-campus interviewing for internships and summer employment. Studies clearly indicate that students who have completed internships more frequently acquire jobs in their chosen fields. They more often get the interesting and challenging posi tions available to entry-level people. And they have better successes at landing the higher paying jobs. Without the right blend of experience, training and guidance, it is likely that your dreams will remain only dreams. Planning from page 1 career. By combining elective courses, internships, summer jobs, extracurricular activities, volun teer work into a package that meets the student's individual needs (known as a "career plan"), he or she can prepare successfully for a career without selecting a career-related major. In addition, several basic steps must be followed: . Begin investigating various careers by early sophomore year. Develop some highly market able skills, as explained by UCPPS officials, by the senior year. Gain exposure to the type of environment you plan to work in by your senior year. Begin developing contacts during your sophomore and junior years for the senior year job search. Students who would like more information or assistance in devel oping an individualized career plan should contact McAllister at 211 Hanes Hall. t Y College cMEEf "PohT MAvE TMAT ACADEMIC 'PRESS UCE T UWE Yoia f.oT f A aaB ET ) I SUDDENLY FEEL T we A-r y "PoumOS 4 i . -

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