Preparing for a Career Change?

Are you considering a career change or going through a career transition? Are you facing an unplanned opportunity?  Actively looking for new opportunities?  Interested in growing your network and strengthening your skills? Perhaps you are still trying to figure it out.

If you are reading this and thinking, “yes, that’s me,” then the Office of Career Planning invites you to do something about it. It starts with some reflection and self-assessment:

  • Who am I?  What interests me most?  Ask a trusted person what you do best. Do you agree?
  • What do I do best? What are my strengths and skills?  Reflect on your strengths and how you will use them in this process.
  • What do I want most? Reflect on what you want in work. What are your core, non-negotiable values?  Knowing you won’t get everything, what are your top one-two values?

Once you have a better handle on who you are at this particular point in your life, you will then want to explore opportunities to learn more about the options available to you. Check out careers and current job titles through research on LinkedIn. Test out options through volunteer and community experience. Conduct informational interviews with professionals in fields that interest you. Build your network and hear about available positions by participating in career fairs and networking events or meet ups. This semester you are invited to these fairs hosted on Meredith’s campus:

Meredith College Internship Expo

Friday, September 20, 2019, 9:30-11:30a, 2nd Cate Center, Meredith College
Connect with 25+ employers, learn about opportunities, and explore your options
See a list of registered employers and RSVP through Handshake
Hosted by the Office of Career Planning

Networking Women of the Triangle Career Fair 
Monday, October 28, 2019, 10a-3p, 1st Cate Center, Meredith College
Hosted by Meredith College Graduate Programs

You are also invited to participate in employer-led information sessions on campus to hear more about companies who are hiring. Make a connection, too!  Those already scheduled include Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Credit Suisse, MetLife GTO, Lenovo, NetApp, and SAS. Stay up to date on these offerings through your Handshake account.

Understanding who you are and what you want most takes action and commitment. Make those steps manageable and realistic.  Develop a plan and set goals. What can you do in ten minutes, one hour, and in one day? Break down tasks so they are more reasonable for you.

Forgot your Handshake password or need an account?  Start here!

Contact the Office of Career Planning at for more information.

Melyssa Allen

News Director
316 Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8087
Fax: (919) 760-8330