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    April 2010

    UNC Pembroke Encourages Students to Invent their Futures at the Professional and Career Development Institute

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    The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is a master's level degree-granting university and one of 17 schools that comprise the University of North Carolina system. With a total enrollment of 6,661, the university offers 41 bachelor's and 17 master's degrees.

    The Career Center at The University of North Carolina provides a comprehensive program of career development services and activities for all students and alumni. The Career Center offers services to assist students in clarifying their career choices, defining their job search strategies and pursuing internship/co-op, employmentand/or graduate school opportunities. These services are delivered via one-on-one career coaching, workshops and presentations, a career development course and a variety of other programs.

    On February 24, 2010, The Career Center sponsored the first-annual Professional and Career Development Institute (PCDI) focused on the theme, “Invent Your Future.” PCDI was designed as a daylong institute to provide students and alumni with a variety of opportunities for career development with a focus on preparing for the job search. This program also gave students and alumni opportunities for networking with employers and others in attendance.

    The institute featured two keynote speakers who presented speeches and breakout sessions and participated on a panel addressing professional issues and etiquette. The first keynote, Heather Huhman, presented the morning address, “How to Stand Out In A Tough Job Market” and a breakout session titled, “Landing Internships & Using Them to Your Advantage.” Dan Schawbel, the second keynote speaker for the day, focused on branding in his keynote presentation, “Personal Branding,” and in his breakout session, “Branding in a Job Search.” UNCP faculty, staff and alumni, as well as employer representatives, presented on additional topics. These sessions included “Resumes That Get You the Interview!” “Interviews That Get You the Job!” “Getting into Law School,” “Opportunities in Study Abroad,” “Entrepreneurship,” “Preparing for Graduate School,” and “Health Careers.”

    The response to the event has been overwhelmingly positive. Plans are underway to host the Professional and Career Development Institute in October 2010.