Career Treks

Virtual Career Treks are engaging opportunities for UNC Charlotte students and alumni to expand their knowledge about industries, job functions, and employer cultures at companies and organizations in the Charlotte area and beyond. These short, virtual events are typically 1-1.5 hours in length and will be packed with information, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • An overview of the host employer and its industry 
  • A panel of employees who have a variety of job functions
  • An opportunity to connect in a smaller setting with individual employees via breakout sessions

 

Raleigh Career Trek

The Raleigh Career Trek is an exciting opportunity for a select group of 14 Charlotte students to take an overnight trip with University Career Center staff to visit with a variety of employers in the business/financial services and technology/data/analytics sectors in Raleigh, North Carolina. Student participants will get behind-the-scenes access to 4-5 companies and will participate in an alumni networking reception, a collaborative event with the Alumni Association. 

The Raleigh Career Trek will take place over Charlotte’s Fall Break (October 10-11, 2022). Transportation and lodging will be provided, in addition to lunch and dinner on Monday, October 10, and breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, October 11. This opportunity is free of charge for students who are selected (a $50 refundable fee is required to secure your commitment - see below). As a group, we will visit with the SECU Foundation, Elliott Davis, and Willowtree. We are firming up additional stops for the trip and will announce additions to the itinerary when available. 

Please review the Raleigh Career Trek Information Session recording for additional details.

Application Instructions: 

  • Submit this form with your information. Please use your Charlotte email address.
  • Upload your resume to Hire-A-Niner and ensure it is approved by Friday, September 16.
  • Submit your responses to the Big Interview questions for the Raleigh Career Trek. To find the specific question set for this application, go to the Big Interview website, go to the “Assignments” tab, and enter this code: 6b47e3. Detailed instructions about this process can be found here.  

 

Application materials are due Friday, September 16 at 5:00 pm. Students will be notified the following week about their status. To solidify your commitment to the Raleigh Career Trek, selected students will be asked to submit a refundable $50 deposit. More information about this process will be provided during the selection phase. 

Please contact Jessie Simonik (jessica.simonik@uncc.edu) with any questions.

Sign up for the Raleigh Career Trek

Frequent Questions About Treks

The itinerary for each Trek varies, but expect to receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the host employer, listen to an overview of the company/organization, hear from a variety of employees about their job functions, and have an opportunity to network. Career Treks are interactive and engaging experiences and can range from 2 hours to a half-day commitment.

Research the company/organization you will be visiting and develop a list of 5-10 engaging questions to ask employees during the Trek, such as

  • Could you explain your organizational structure?
  • How would you describe the organization’s workplace culture?
  • What makes a potential employee’s resume stand out from the rest?
  • What do you enjoy most about your work with this organization?

Practice your 30-second pitch. Visit the Brand section of the Career Guide for more helpful strategies for engaging in networking and branding opportunities.

Depending on the location of the host employer, you’ll either take the lightrail from campus or Career Center staff will drive student participants in 15-passenger vans. Detailed logistics will be provided to you once you register for the Trek.

Business casual attire is expected, unless otherwise noted. No jeans, please.

We recommend that you bring several copies of your resume in case you have an opportunity to share it with an employer you meet. Attend a drop-in appointment for a quick resume review to make sure your document is looking professional.

Follow up with the host employer via email or LinkedIn to thank them for the experience, ask any additional questions you might have, and, if you’re comfortable, share your resume. 

Click on one of the available Treks below, then click 'More Details' to RSVP.