Students got a step up in the job market during Spring Break by participating in the Career Center’s Take Flight program co-sponsored with the UNT Alumni Association. Take Flight hosts — many who are UNT alumni — welcomed students for the job shadow program. The hosts represented 20 area businesses, ranging from marketing and advertising to public administration and hospitality management. Students networked with professionals and learned about career options related to their majors. John Nelsen (’08 M.P.A.), employment coordinator for the city of Denton, volunteered by pairing students and colleagues.
“I love partnering with UNT to help students,” he says. “It makes my own job and education more meaningful.”
Activities included facility tours, staff meetings, client interactions, informal interviews as well as project assignments. Students were able to observe what each profession requires on a day-to-day basis. As a senior political science major Ke’Andre Browning (’11) says shadowing meetings with the city manager opened his eyes.
“I’m considering a career in local government now after this experience,” Browning says. “I learned so much.”
Alumni volunteers are needed for networking, mentoring and skill development events. To learn how you or your company can get involved and about other upcoming events, contact Alison Delicati at the UNT Career Center at 940-565-2105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.