“Once you are part of the family, you are always part of the family…and we help family.”
-Dr. Patrick Madsen, Director
University Career Center
Welcome, UNC Charlotte alumnus! We valued assisting you with your career development when you were a student, now we would like to offer our services to you as alumni. We believe in life-long development and the continuous enhancement of our alumni community. As a graduate of UNC Charlotte you have access to career coaches, career fairs and an assortment of on-going career development programs and services. In addition, we welcome you to return to campus (physically or virtually) to support current students in their career journey.
Want to sharpen your professional brand with a resume or LinkedIn profile review or learn how to take networking to the next level? Are you re-envisioning your career and want to talk through strategies with a career coach? Schedule a career coaching appointment today and work with a member of our team to help you make that next step.
We want to meet you where you are, and to best accommodate your busy schedule, our team is happy to offer in-person, virtual, or phone appointments.
To schedule an appointment with your career coach, you'll need to log in to Hire-A-Niner. Upon logging in to Hire-A-Niner, click "Make an Appointment" on the left side of the home page, and from there you'll be able to select a date and time for a 1:1 coaching appointment that will work best with your schedule.
First-time logging in as an alumni? Follow the directions on the alumni login page to access your account with your temporary password. You'll also need your Student ID number. Don't remember your UNC Charlotte ID number? Call the OneIT Service Desk at 704-687-5500 for assistance.
Alumni have FREE access to career events, including career fairs, networking events, and Career Meet Ups. Check out our list of upcoming events.
Access our Career Guide publication to refresh your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, networking skills, and more.
The University Career Center values alumni participation in our programming, and your perspective and advice is critical for students as they prepare for their careers. Get involved as a speaker or facilitator in the following programs:
Career Meet Ups
These are engaging 30-minute sessions offering a “crash course” for students interested in learning more about your industry or your job function (i.e. “Careers in Creative Marketing” or “Non-Profit Job Search”). These take place on Monday-Thursday at various times. Career Meet Ups are designed for students to learn from industry experts about a specific field and/or job function. Email Jessie Simonik for more information.
Interview Prep Program
Assist in the professional development of UNC students and alumni through practice interviews on campus, virtually or give feedback in the comfort of your own office through a custom set of created questions via our online platform BigInterview. Email email@example.com for more information.
The Career Center hosts a variety of industry-focused panels throughout the academic year. If you’re interested in speaking on a panel and representing your employer and/or the industry you work in, email Jessie Simonik (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Host a group of students at your employer to educate them about the industry you work in and the variety of job functions within your organization. Career Treks typically consist of a behind-the-scenes tour and an opportunity to learn from and network with employees. Email Jessie Simonik (email@example.com) to learn more.
Summer Internship Scholarship
Internships are an important way for students to get insights into a career field, obtain valuable professional experience, and develop new skills. To facilitate this, the UNC Charlotte University Career Center offers funding to our students to alleviate financial obstacles.
Internships are an important way to gain insights into a career field, obtain valuable professional experience, and develop new skills. To facilitate this, the UNC Charlotte University Career Center offers funding to our students to alleviate financial obstacles. The Summer Internship Scholarship is specifically designed to encourage students to seek out and accept a quality unpaid internship that will help them explore opportunities crucial to their career success while alleviating some of the financial burden associated with engaging in unpaid internships.
If you are interested in helping support your fellow niners achieve career success through unpaid internships, we would appreciate your support! Any amount is appreciated and counts towards helping make a difference in our students journey towards career success.
November 2022 is the Career Center’s inaugural Alumni Takeover Month! Our goal is for Charlotte alumni to completely “take over” Career Center programming to share their wisdom and advice with students. Review a description of the engagement opportunities below and sign up here for a date and time that works best for you. A member of the Career Center Team will reach out to you with confirmation and next steps.
Professionals in Residence
Our Professionals in Residence program puts you directly in the Career Commons of the University Career Center where you will be our drop-in resume expert for the day. This allows our office to provide industry advice directly to students while allowing you the opportunity to brand for your organization or to give back to Niner Nation as an alum!
Career Meet Ups
Our Career Meet Ups are designed by our Career Coaching team to aid students in their career and professional development around a variety of topics. We are happy to offer the opportunity for you to "take over" those meet ups if you can fulfill the topic being offered. The basic Meet Up should be 15-20 minutes content, 10 minutes about your organization, and 10-15 minutes of Q&A. NOTE: Some Meet Ups are designed for specific audiences and some are for general audiences. Each meet up listed denotes this on the schedule.
- Lead a professional development topic chosen by our Career Coaches as part of our general offerings or various theme-weeks
- Meet Ups can be in person or virtual; discuss this with the Career Center staff member that will confirm your commitment
- We market Meet-Ups to various groups of students to learn about your organization and/or industry as well as the professional development topic you choose.
Our Industry-Led Career Meet Ups are designed for alumni to use expertise inside your organization to engage students in a conversation to help them in their professional or career development. The basic Meet Up should be 15-20 minutes content, 10 minutes about your organization, and 10-15 minutes of Q&A.
- Lead a professional development topic of your choice and brand your organization in one, 30-45 minute virtual session with a small group of students
- Meet-Ups take place Monday-Thursday at 12pm and 4pm
- We market Meet Ups to various groups of students to learn about your organization and/or industry as well as the professional development topic you choose.
Lastly, we will offer a total of four Panels during Alumni Takeover Month during the week of November 14 with 3-4 slots available for alumni panelists. Each panel will be moderated by a Career Center staff member. Panelists will introduce themselves and then respond to a series of prepared questions, sharing their insight and personal experiences with the student audience. These questions will be provided to panelists prior to the event. The last 10-15 minutes will be reserved for a Q&A. *The locations for the panels are TBD - a Career Center staff member will connect with you to discuss in more detail. Panel descriptions are included below.
How to Become a Networking Pro (11/15 from 12-1 pm)
Join us for a conversation with alumni that highlights best practices for tapping into your Charlotte network both as a current student and after you graduate.
How to Start Your Own Business (11/15 from 4-5 pm)
Do you have a great idea for a business, but you’re not sure how to get started? Learn from the pros (and fellow 49ers) about what it takes to turn your idea into a successful business venture.
How to Evaluate Company Culture (11/16 from 12-1 pm)
How can you tell if an employer is a right fit for you, your career goals, and your values? Connect with Charlotte alumni as they discuss company culture and how to evaluate “fit.”
How to Land the Job (11/17 from 4-5 pm)
Join us for a panel of alumni experts who will share insight and advice on best practices to impress potential employers during the interview process and beyond.
Fill out the following information and a Career Center staff member will gladly connect with you to discuss your interests and explain more about our programs.
Encourage your employer to post internship/full-time job opportunities on Hire-A-Niner.
What better way to assist UNC Charlotte students than by providing them with internship or full-time job opportunities? Direct your human resources department to our Employers page to get started.
Questions about the Career Center’s alumni services and resources? Interested in getting involved and helping current UNC Charlotte students prepare for the future? Contact Jessie Simonik, Assistant Director, for assistance.