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Career Treks event highlights public professions

School of Education students networked in Raleigh with representatives from 11 state agencies.

Seven-photo collage of students at a networking event called Career Treks. One of the seven photos is a posed group photo of students. The other six are of individual students)
Students connected with representatives from the state departments of administration, environmental quality, health and human services,鈥痠nformation technology,鈥痡ustice, natural and cultural resources,鈥痯ublic safety, and transportation. (School of Education)

Career Treks, a University Career Services initiative, provides students with invaluable opportunities to engage with companies and alumni outside the University. The events are often collaborative endeavors involving academic departments and schools at 一品探花论坛.

A recent example was a March 6 networking event at the North 一品探花论坛 Museum of History in Raleigh, done in partnership with the N.C. Office of State Human Resources. Nearly 30 students from the UNC School of Education鈥檚 Human and Organizational Leadership Development program met with professionals from more than 10 state agencies.

Each student engaged in conversations about the agency鈥檚 operations, learned about career pathways in their organization and industry, and learned how to apply the knowledge and skills gained from HOLD courses to pursue internships and post-graduate roles effectively.

鈥淎 key feature of our program is bridging classroom learning with real-world applications, often through guest speakers, leadership panels and case studies,鈥 said Jemilia Davis, HOLD program director. 鈥淥ur Career Treks elevates this commitment. There was a unique buzz in the room where students were getting a new sense of confidence that HOLD was preparing them for so many different careers. I am grateful to our state government colleagues and UCS for helping us to make this happen.鈥

The event鈥痺as hosted by鈥疎d2NC, a collaborative effort between OSHR and the N.C. Office of Strategic Partnerships. The collaboration is committed to bringing together leaders in state government and higher education partners to create a pipeline of talent by connecting students and recent graduates with career opportunities in state government.

Students connected with representatives from the state departments of administration, environmental quality, health and human services,鈥痠nformation technology,鈥痡ustice, natural and cultural resources,鈥痯ublic safety, and transportation. Representatives from the N.C. General Assembly, Office of the Commissioner of Banks鈥痑nd Office of Human Resources also attended.

鈥淓ach of us plays a crucial role in contributing to improving the lives of North Carolinians in various ways,鈥 said moderator Andrea Bennett, OSHR鈥痶alent acquisition consultant and coordinator for Ed2NC. 鈥淭ogether, we form a collective force striving to benefit our state.鈥

This year marks the third time HOLD has partnered with University Career Services to provide students with invaluable career exploration and recruitment prospects. Last spring, a group of HOLD students ventured on the program鈥檚 first Career Treks field trip to Kelaca, a talent acquisition and advisory firm, and Mako Medical, a healthcare diagnostic laboratory, both in the Raleigh-Durham area.

鈥淭hese collaborative ventures with schools, units, and organizations on campus play a pivotal role in propelling students toward achieving their goals,鈥 said Kelsey Williams, interim associate director of external relations, marketing, and analytics and assistant director of internships and experiential learning in University Career Services. 鈥淓mployers consistently emphasize the importance of students having practical work experience or involvement in extracurricular activities. Events like the Career Trek serve as direct networking platforms, where eager employers interact with 一品探花论坛鈥檚 talented pool of students, paving the way for internships, part-time jobs, job shadowing experiences, and more.鈥

Roxanne Dudley, a HOLD sophomore, was particularly interested in this look at state government careers. 鈥淭here are all of these agencies that are relevant to HOLD, and we can fit ourselves within them and apply what we learn to jobs in different state departments,鈥濃痵he said.

To Davis, initiatives such as Career Treks are invaluable in helping HOLD students navigate their futures. 鈥淚n classrooms, it鈥檚 often hard to envision how what you are learning applies to life after graduation,鈥 Davis said. 鈥淐areer Treks offer students a glimpse into their future, highlighting how choosing HOLD as a major brightens their prospects.鈥