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Career Day connects students with employers

On April 4, the School of Social Work hosted its annual Career Day. Photo gallery

Over the course of the academic year, the School of Social Work offers numerous professional development workshops for students to prepare them for the job search.  These workshops cover a variety of topics, including crafting professional resumes and portfolios, interviewing skills and tips, and job searching strategies. The professional development workshops culminate with Career Day.

The job fair at Career Day provides an opportunity for our MSW students, as well as undergraduate students from North Carolina BSW programs, to discuss employment options with representatives from social services agencies from throughout the state. Representatives from 60 agencies, 60 of our MSW students and 50 visiting undergraduates attended.

The day also included a panel discussion with faculty, graduates and recruiters on “Putting Your BSW to Work”;  an overview of UNC’s MSW program; information on admissions and financial aid; and a luncheon.

Following the job fair — which encompassed three floors of the School — an afternoon continuing education workshop was held for recruiters and alumni. Clinical Assistant Professor Jodi Flick presented “Ethics and Confidentiality.”

“Career Day is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the skills and talent of our students, and to connect our MSWs and area BSW programs to agencies around the state,” said organizer Lisa de Saxe Zerden, special assistant to the assistant dean for student affairs. “It is a wonderful networking opportunity.”

This year was the largest agency turnout to date, according to Zerden, and the work involved in coordinating Career Day is always a group effort. “This event would not have been possible without the help of registrar Beth Sauer, faculty, staff and alumni,” she said.