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Career Bits

By UNC Charlotte Career Center
A weekly briefing on resources, hiring trends, and career center activities from the Charlotte University Career Center.
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Summer 2022 Break
We are taking a break on the podcast this summer. Please enjoy our back catalog of episodes full of great material. We will resume new shows at the start of the Fall 2022 Semester. Have a restful and productive summer!
May 16, 2022
Episode 75 - The Power of Networking Continually
Alumna Tatiana Pisarski shares her career story and provides tips on networking for current students, new graduates, and other alums. Follow Tatiana on LinkedIn Slavic Business Association
May 10, 2022
Episode 74 - Time Management is Fundamental to Success
Alumna Jasmine Williams shares insights into how important time management is from her time as a student to her career in accounting to her current pursuits in career development and education. Follow Jasmine Williams on LinkedIn
May 03, 2022
Episode 73 - Using Your Interests and Values to Find Your Career Path
Nate Foster, a graduate student in Spanish, talks about how his passion for a different language and culture led him to choose his career path. Follow Nate on LinkedIn
April 26, 2022
Episode 72 - Working Hard to Create Your Own Luck
Alumnus Zach Anderson shares his career story, insights into creating opportunities for yourself, running your own business, rand what folks should know about recruiting firms. Follow Zach on LinkedIn Zaddy Solutions
April 19, 2022
Episode 71 - Perspective of an Adult Student
April Ryley, senior in Geology, shares her experiences as an adult student at Charlotte, lessons learned from life and the classroom, as well experiences as a woman working in science. 
April 12, 2022
Episode 70 - Dr. Brandon Wolfe
Dr. Brandon Wolfe, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, stops by the show to talk about his journey as a student, his work in developing inclusive space and conversations, as well as his vision for growth at Charlotte.  Dr. Brandon L. Wolfe LinkedIn Instagram Email
April 05, 2022
Episode 69 - Disability @ Work Career Meetups Week (March 28-April 1)
Xuan Truong and Jessica Kim stop by the show to talk about the Disability @ Work Career Meet Ups week in the Career Center. Disability at Work Events Xuan's Email Jessica's Email Graduate Assistant Position
March 27, 2022
Episode 68 - FlexCare Medical Staffing (Employer Spotlight)
Tasha Bouey from FlexCare Medical Staffing stops by to talk about their current opportunities, their partnership with the Career Center, and to highlight events during the Healthcare|Science|Research Career Community Week.  FlexCare Careers Tasha Bouey LinkedIn Healthcare-Science-Research Career Community Week
March 21, 2022
Episode 67 - Social Pet (Employer Spotlight)
Amy and Bill Hillis discuss how they turned their passion for animal care into a thriving business - Social Pet - and offer advice for other entrepreneurs as well as discuss how part-time jobs can lead to full-time opportunities. *Note: This was recorded on-site at a Social Pet location and you will hear the many sounds of their workplace during the interview. Learn more about Social Pet
March 15, 2022
Episode 66 - A Call to a Career in Counseling (Alumni Spotlight)
Kelsey Wolf-Wallace shares her story of how her interest in working as a counselor and advocate for veterans became her career as well as insights into her journey as both an undergraduate and graduate student at Charlotte. Connect with Kelsey Wolf-Wallace on LinkedIn Learn more about Hire Heroes USA
March 01, 2022
Episode 65 - Student Spotlight - Abena Atiemo
Senior Architecture major Abena Atiemo shares how her blended interest in community involvement and design led towards a career in architecture.  Follow Abena on LinkedIn
February 22, 2022
Episode 64 - Alumni Spotlight - Anderson Barron
Anderson Barron talks about the value of volunteering, networking, as well as shares his insight on the NC Court System from his role as an Assistant Clerk of the Superior Court, Criminal Division. Connect with Anderson on LinkedIn
February 15, 2022
Episode 63: Student Spotlight - Xuan Truong
Our student spotlight this week is Xuan Truong, a graduate student in Social Work who shares her unique path to graduate school and her career path. 
February 08, 2022
Episode 62: Student Spotlight - Loren Daniel
This week on Career Bits, we talk with Charlotte Senior, Loren Daniel, about her experiences as a student and career path.  Follow Loren on LinkedIn:
February 01, 2022
Episode 61: Spring 2022 Career Fairs
January 25, 2022
Episode 60: Alumni Takeover Week Fall 2021
Come learn about all the ways you can engage with UNC Charlotte alums during our Alumni Takeover Week.  Connect with Jessie Simonik on LinkedIn Email Jessie Simonik: Events:
November 15, 2021
Episode 59: National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)
Madison is joined by special guest Xuan to bring advocacy towards employees with disabilities. NDEAM
October 19, 2021
Episode 58 - Getting to Know the Career Center
Get to know the Career Center from the perspectives of Madison and a couple of our Niner students.
October 05, 2021
Episode 57 - Essential Follow Up Steps
We discuss six follow up steps you should take after attending career fairs or other networking events.  Video: 1. Organize Your Contacts 2. Personalize Applications 3. Thank Yous 4. Update Resume/Cover Letter 5. Interview Prep 6. Keep Searching
September 28, 2021
Episode 56 - Switching Your Major
Madison is joined along with special guest AJ Simmons to talk about why it is okay to change your major and the steps to take, along with talking about how to apply for minors. Video:
September 21, 2021
Episode 55 - Fall Career & Internship Fair
Want to make the most out of the Fall Career & Internship Fair on Sept. 17? This podcast is for you! Video:
September 14, 2021
Episode 54 - Getting More Comfortable on Campus
On this podcast, Madison shares 5 tips/skills that first time students can use get more comfortable with and on the Charlotte Campus. Video:
September 07, 2021
Episode 53 - Knowing Your "Why?"
Madison talks with Jay Skipworth of the Career Center to help you understand your Why as you launch into a new semester at Charlotte. Video: Follow the Career Center @CLTCareerCenter
August 31, 2021
Episode 52 - Niner Career Challenge
Learn about the Niner Career Challenge as well as meet our new student podcast host, Madison.  Niner Career Challenge Follow us @CLTCareerCenter on Social Media
August 23, 2021
Episode 51 - May Your Summer Be Amazing
Strategies for having a productive and recharging summer.
May 04, 2021
Episode 50 - Golden Nuggets
How you can use class and extracurricular projects for your career.
April 27, 2021
Episode 49 - Starting Your Own Business
Three entrepreneurs share the ins and outs of starting your own business.  Video:
April 20, 2021
Episode 48 - Chelsea Glover, Alumna, Attorney and Voting Rights Advocate
Jay interviews Chelsea Glover, Alumna, Attorney and Voting Rights Advocate about her time at UNCC, her advice to current students, and her work to protect voting rights.  Video:
April 13, 2021
Episode 47 - Using an Explorer Mindset for Success
Jay talks with Matida Sanneh, UNCC student, Ahron Pittman, CEO of PSS, about using an explorer mindset in your career development.
April 06, 2021
Episode 46 - How Student Leaders Give Back at UNCC
Spotlighting the work of two Peer Guides in the Belk College of Business.
March 30, 2021
Episode 45 - Cooperative Education
Patrick talks with Jim Novak about Cooperative Education, how it differs from an internship, and how students can take advantage of these opportunities. UNCC Co-Op Program: Video:
March 23, 2021
Episode 44 - How Education Abroad Can Provide Unique Experiences
Patrick talks with Beth Lorenz and Brad Sekulich from Education Abroad at UNC Charlotte. Education Abroad: Video:
March 16, 2021
Episode 43 - Gaining Experience Through Service Learning
Patrick talks with Dr. Tamara Johnson about Service Learning opportunities at UNC Charlotte. Video:
March 09, 2021
Episode 42 - Experiential Education Spotlight on Undergraduate Research
Patrick talks with Dr. Erin Banks from the Office of Undergraduate Research about ways students can build experience through their opportunities.   Email: Video:
March 02, 2021
Episode 41 - The Future of Work
Patrick and Jay discuss changes coming to the nature of work, the workplace, and the worker in the near future. Video:
February 23, 2021
Episode 40 - Finding Your Purpose and Career Path
The value of getting and staying engaged with your choices and path.   Video:
February 16, 2021
Episode 39 - Will Higher Education Survive?
Join us for a discussion about how higher education is evolving with regards to career education. Video:
February 09, 2021
Episode 38 - Getting Ready for Career Fair Season
Brooke Brown joins us to discuss the best ways you can rock the career fairs.
February 02, 2021
Episode 37 - Using Your Side Hustle for Career Readiness
Patrick, Jessie, Matthew, and Jay discuss how you can turn those quick projects  or gig-jobs into opportunities for competency development and social capital growth.   Parker Dewey - Small Business Internships and Gig-ternships - Hire-A-Niner Alumni connect with us -   Technology, Data, & Analytics Career Community Week: January 25-29
January 26, 2021
Episode 36 - Allyship and Disability Inclusion
We discuss inclusive hiring and tips for job seekers and employers with Disability:IN North Carolina and a UCC Career Coach.
January 19, 2021
Episode 35 - Have Fun During Winter Break
Patrick, Jessie, and Jay from the University Career Center talk about some good ways to give yourself a restful winter break. Video Version:
December 08, 2020
Episode 34 - Staying Engaged During Winter Break
Jessie, Patrick, and Jay are here to provide tips and strategies to stay on track with your career and professional development during the break.  Video:
December 01, 2020
Episode 33 - Center for Graduate Life Spotlight
Jill Huerta is our guest to talk about the work of the Center for Graduate Life and the Accelerate to Industry (A2i) program. Video: Podcast:
November 17, 2020
Episode 32 - How to Leverage Your Alumni Connections Now
Jessie interviews Sallie Sistare and Anna Salas on new programs and solid strategies for connecting with UNCC alums.
November 10, 2020
Episode 31 - Student Interns Spotlight
Three UNC Charlotte students detail how they found and excelled in their virtual internships.
November 03, 2020
Episode 30 - Inclusivity Week at UNCC
A.J. Simmons details the events associated with Inclusivity Week (Oct. 26-30) and the diversity, equity & inclusion focus of the University Career Center and Employer Partners. Details of the events are here: Video version:
October 26, 2020
Episode 29 - Positive Psychology in the Search Process
Patrick, Jessie, Matthew, and Jay discuss positive psychology in the search process and life in general. Video available:
October 20, 2020
Episode 28 - After the Career Fair
Patrick, Jessie, Matthew, and Jay talk about best strategies for candidates to follow up with contacts after the career fair. 
October 13, 2020
Episode 27 - Virtual Career Treks
Jessie Simonik talks about the Career Treks program, how students can participate, and make the most of the opportunity. 
October 06, 2020
Episode 26 - How Assessments Unlock Your Potential
Dr. Suzanne Voigt from the University Career Center and professional business coach Nick Davies discuss how assessments can be used for career and professional development.
September 29, 2020
Episode 25 - The Recruiting Process
We discuss how employers find you, where to look for jobs, how to navigate the recruiting process, and so much more! Watch a video version on the UNC Charlotte Career Center YouTube page.
September 22, 2020
Episode 24 - Black Professional Series
The University Career Center details the Black Professional Series launching in the Fall 2020. 
September 15, 2020
Episode 23 - Welcome to the Fall 2020 Semester!
Matthew, Jessie, Patrick, and Jay welcome you to the Fall 2020 semester! We talk about the Career Center's WebJam, how to stay engaged in your classes, and the services we are offering this semester. Career Center WebJam
September 08, 2020
Episode 22 - Entrepreneurship
Listen to UNCC campus representatives, students, and a partner company discuss the ins and outs of entrepreneurship.
September 01, 2020
Episode 21 - Part Time Jobs
The Career Center talks about all the resources we provide to help you find a part time job on or off campus and the value of working while you are in school. 
August 25, 2020
Episode 20 - How YOU HopIn Matters
Matthew, Patrick, and Jay talk about how the Career Center is using HopIn to host networking events this year and how you can best use it. 
August 18, 2020
Episode 19 - Give Yourself a Break
Patrick, Jessie, Matthew, and Jay discuss ways to balance all the demands in your life. 
August 11, 2020
Episode 18 - Success in Online Networking Situations
Learn how to best prepare for and succeed in virtual networking events from Sarena Taylor (Belk College of Business), Rex Trewin (Employer Consultant), and Brooke Brown (University Career Center). 
August 04, 2020
Episode 17 - Social Impact | Education | Nonprofit Career Communities Spotlight
This week we spotlight our Social Impact | Education | Nonprofit Career Community featuring conversations from a faculty member, a current student, two industry organizations, and our career coaches. This is part seven of our seven episode series on Career Communities.
July 28, 2020
Episode 16 - Healthcare | Science | Research Career Community Spotlight
This week we spotlight our Healthcare | Science | Research Career Community featuring conversations from a faculty member, two employer partners, and our career coaches. This is part six of our seven-episode series on Career Communities.
July 21, 2020
Episode 15 - EXPLORE Career Communities Spotlight
This week we spotlight our EXPLORE Career Community featuring conversations from the campus advising center, a leadership development expert, and career coaches. This is part five of our seven-episode series on Career Communities.
July 14, 2020
Episode 14 - Engineering | Manufacturing | Energy Career Communities Spotlight
This week we spotlight our Engineering | Manufacturing | Energy Career Community  featuring conversations from industry and campus representatives. This is part four of our seven-episode series on Career Communities.
July 07, 2020
Episode 13 - Business | Financial Services | Logistics Career Communities Spotlight
This week we spotlight our Business | Financial Services | Logistics Career Community featuring conversations from industry and campus representatives. This is part three of our seven-episode series on Career Communities.
June 30, 2020
Episode 12 - Technology Data Analytics Career Communities Spotlight
This week we spotlight our Technology| Data | Analytics Career Community  featuring conversations from industry and campus representatives. This  is part two of our seven-episode series on Career Communities.
June 23, 2020
Episode 11 - Arts Media Design Career Communities Spotlight
This week we spotlight our Arts | Media | Design Career Community  featuring conversations from industry and campus representatives. This  is part one of our seven-episode series on Career Communities.
June 16, 2020
Episode 10 - Making the Most of Your Virtual Opportunities
Dr. Robert Shindell of InternBridge, Inc. gives tips on making the most of virtual internships, micro-internships, as well as other experiences. Patrick, Matthew, and Jessie highlight some great resources and upcoming events with the Career Center.
June 09, 2020
Episode 9 - Building Connections in the Community
Jennifer Roberts, former mayor of Charlotte and Director of Communities Program for ecoAmerica, joins us this week to talk about how community involvement strengthens your career and personal development. 
June 02, 2020
Episode 8 - The Value of Mentors
Brooke Elliott from Premier, Inc. joins Patrick and Jessie to talk about mentoring. 
May 26, 2020
Episode 7 - Networking Strategies
Networking is about building your brand while you build relationships. Dr. Patrick Rishe (UNCC Alum and professor of Sports Business) joins Patrick and Jessie from the Career Center to talk about best practices as you network. 
May 19, 2020
Episode 6 - Staying on Track This Summer
AJ Simmons, Asst. Director and Career Coach joins Patrick, Matthew, and Jessie to highlight some resources and talk strategies for staying on your career track this summer. 
May 12, 2020
Episode 5 - Celebrating the newest 49er Grads!
Guest Amir Ismail (Bank of America, AIC Mindset) joins us to give networking and career advice for recent graduates and young alums. Patrick, Matthew, and Jessie share experiences from their transitions into the world of work and highlight some great resources.  Apple: Google: Spotify:
May 05, 2020
Episode 4 - Remaining Visible to Employers During COVID-19
This  week on Career Bits Lindsay Carter from Flexcare Medical Staffing gives  tips on how to be more visible to employers during COVID-19 and the  Career Center talks about some great FREE  resources to aid in your career development and job search.
April 27, 2020
Episode 3 - Financial Literacy
This week on Career Bits Brad Yeckley from SASS stops by to talk Financial Literacy, and the Career Center provides updates from Google, State and Local Government job pipelines, highlights a bunch of learning and development resources, promotes upcoming events, and much more!
April 20, 2020
Episode 2 - Keep Building Your Skills
The University Career Center highlights opportunities from companies, networking with alums and employers, as well as notes a number of virtual workshops in the coming weeks. 
April 13, 2020
Episode 1 - Adjusting to our "New Normal"
On this first episode, Dr. Patrick Madsen, Executive Director of the University Career Center highlights employers, resources, and provides helpful tips students and alums can follow as we all adjust to the "new normal" during the COVID-19 situation.
April 06, 2020
Episode 0 - Welcome to Career Bits
The official podcast of the University Career Center at UNC Charlotte.  Career Center website: Career Center Social Media: @NinerCareers
March 30, 2020