The Career Center at the University of North Texas empowers students and alums to identify and achieve individual goals for career success. Using a ‘hub and spoke’ model, the Career Center supports all students, while still providing specialized support for students at each college through dedicated career coaches and offices in academic buildings across campus.
With so many career exploration resources and opportunities now living online, building a highly accessible and navigable digital space for career development became a priority for the Career Center, and UNT as a whole.
To help, Career Center formed a partnership with uConnect, makers of the first and only virtual career center.
UNT’s new virtual career center brings together information and data from within tools and systems, such as Handshake, and aggregates the full range of career development content including videos, blogs, events, and tools. The virtual career center also provides a place for faculty, staff, alums, and students to contribute resources, advice, and opportunities. This full wealth of resources is made readily available to all students and community members, from anywhere at any time.
“Empowering our students with exceptional career support is a foundational part of our work at UNT,” says Dan Naegeli, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Executive Director of Career Leadership & Development. “We realized that building and maintaining highly accessible, digital career services was deeply important to the success of our students. In light of COVID-19, our virtual career center has become completely essential to our ability to support our students when they need it most.”
Visitors to UNT’s new virtual career center will be able to explore jobs and internship opportunities, a video library, events, news and advice, schedule appointments with career coaches, and connect with campus recruiting partners all aligned to specific colleges, or to affinity groups, such First Generation, Veterans, and LGBTQ+. This interface also makes it easier for faculty and staff to refer students to relevant resources. Based on the college and/or affinity group(s) a student or alum selects, customized newsletters are available with career content specifically related to a student’s interests and affinities right to their inbox.
To check out the virtual career center, visit https://careercenter.unt.edu/