Frequently Asked Questions

What is your placement rate?
Where do students go to find part-time jobs?
What is work study? How does my student find a work study job?
Who should use the Career Center?
Can you help my student choose a major?
When should my student start using the Career Center?
What can my student do with a major in marine biology?
What is an internship?
What types of employers recruit UNCW students?
Is there a "test" my student can take to help identify a career choice?
What should my student do in order to enhance their chances of finding a good full-time job?
What should students do if they are interested in graduate study?
How does my student apply for graduate or professional school?

What is your placement rate?

In general, we have found that approximately 75% of UNCW graduates work full-time after graduation, 11% work part-time, 14% attend graduate school full-time, and 7% attend grad school part-time. 

As is the case for college students and other adults nationally, the majority of UNCW students find jobs by making personal contacts with professionals and employers in their career field of interest.  These contacts are supported by the Career Centres' extensive job listings on the web, on-campus recruiting visits by employers, career events such as our annual Career Day, students' participation in internship experiences, and employer databases such as UNCW's CareerSearch.  Professional Career Counselors are available throughout the year to help students with their job search strategies.

Where do students go to find part-time jobs?

Students can find part-time job listings (both on and off campus) on the Career Centers website at http://www.myseawork.com

If your student needs a work-study job, they need to go through the Financial Aid Office .

What is work study?  How does my student find a work study job?

The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study.  Your Federal Work-Study wages will be at least the current federal minimum wage, but it may be higher, depending on the type of work you do and the skills required. Your total Federal Work-Study award depends on when you apply, your level of need, and the current funding level for UNCW.

To find a work study job, your student needs to go through the Financial Aid Office .

 Who should use the Career Center?

Any UNCW student or alumni, UNCW faculty and staff, and employers.

 

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Can you help my student choose a major?

Yes!  Your student may make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss their options or take a career assessment inventory.  The Career Center also has career assessments online at http://www.uncw.edu/career/students/assessments.htm. Your student also may want to check out our popular web page, "What Can I Do With A Major In...?" at www.uncw.edu/career/Majors .

 When should my student start using the Career Center?

There is no set time when a student should start using the Career Center.  If a freshmen can't decide; however, if that freshmen knows exactly what he/she wants to do, then it may be awhile before they need to use the Career Center.  Often times, students don't come to the Career Center until their junior year when they would like to find an internship and start working on their resume.  The Career Center has something to offer all UNCW students, freshmen through graduate students.  Check out the 4-step career planning guide .

 What can my student do with a major in marine biology?

Marine Biology is the study of the living resources of the world's oceans and coastal seas. In tropical regions, shallow water environments support rich and diverse biological communities. These include coral reefs, mangrove and sea grass habitats. Training in Marine Biology is central to the study of these diverse assemblages of plants and animals and is the key to understanding their relationships and evaluating human influence on marine ecosystems.

College graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major.  Individuals with a bachelor's degree should expect jobs in the technician category. In general, a graduate degree is necessary for supervisory jobs. Those obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. A solid background in chemistry and good computer and communication skills also are helpful in finding employment. A key point to consider when pursuing this major is Marine Biology is generally a graduate level degree.  

Check out " What Can I Do With A Major In...Marine Biology? "

 What is an internship?

Internships are an educational strategy integrating classroom studies with work-based learning related to the student's academic curriculum and/or career goals. It is based upon a working relationship between UNCW faculty, the employing organization, and the student. At the work site students engage in a series of assignments, documented in a learning agreement, that is subsequently evaluated. There are numerous advantages to all involved, but a particular advantage of internships is that upon graduation, students have relevant experience as well as a degree.  For more information, check out our Internship Web Site .

 

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What types of employers recruit UNCW students?

Employers of all types and from around the state, region and nation recruit at UNCW.  These employers are looking to hire students for internships and full-time jobs.  For a sample list, check out our recruiting schedule, The Internship and Job Fair list, or the Education Job Fair list.

 Is there a "test" my student can take to help identify a career choice?

The Career Center offers several assessment inventories for students to identify interests, skills, and personality.  Several of these assessments are available online and are free.  Another free assessment is Choices, a computerized assessment with both interests and skills inventories.  This must be taken in the Career Center office.  Two other assessments are available for a small fee:  Self-Directed Search (SDS)  and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).  When a student takes an assessment, we strongly encourage them to make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss their results.

 What should my student do in order to enhance their chances of finding a good full-time job?

Students can start increasing their chances of finding a good full-time job their freshmen year.  Many students get part-time jobs either on or off-campus.  Part-time jobs are great for learning transferable skills (skills all employers look for such as teamwork, leadership, flexibility, time management).  

Encourage your student to get involved on campus.  There are several ways in which a student can do that: student organizations, student government, volunteer work, activities, Greek organizations, and more.  For more information about getting involved on-campus, please check with Campus Activities and Involvement Center or check the Student Web Page for UNCW for services offered to students.

Another way to enhance their chances of finding a good full-time job is to get an internship in their area of study, or in an area of strong career interest. Other employers hire interns full-time after graduation.

Students need to utilize the Career Center. We offer workshops on resume writing, interviewing, and job searching. These workshops are online. It's also important for them to make an appointment with a career development counselor.  The Career Center Web Site has a list of state and national job search engines that students can utilize 24/7.

 

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What should students do if they are interested in graduate study?

Graduate school is not the place to postpone "real life" or decisions about a career direction.  Graduate programs are intense, and demand that a student commit most of his/her time and energy to the study of a specific academic area.  The student should confirm his/her interests by talking with faculty members and graduate students in the area.  Check out web sites and conferences or related professional associations.  Visit professionals in different career environments to see  what the work is really like.  It is very important that your student gathers information from professionals in the field.

Once your student has his/her area of interest decided; then it's time to narrow down the list of potential institutions.  When evaluating programs, consider admissions requirements, academic program emphasis, reputation-program quality, faculty, facilities, accreditation, cost and financial aid, location and size, and post-grad school employment.  They also should attend our annual Graduate and Professional School Day.

 How does my student apply for graduate or professional school?

Pay close attention to deadlines for applications and test dates.  Most schools require a copy of your student's college transcript, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement of purpose or application essay.  Your student will also be required to take an admission exam.  These exams are offered on campus through our University Testing Services in Westside Hall.

If your student is interested in attending graduate school, have them make an appointment with a career development counselor or come into the Career Center to pick up our brochure "Preparing for Graduate or Professional School."  They also should attend our annual Graduate and Professional School Day.

 


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