Parents Can Help Open Doors
DOUG DIBBER T ' 70, president
LISA BEEH.S, accountant
BR£NT CLARX ' 84, chief financial officer
SUNANDA DILLON, data entry clerk
DAVE DONALDSON, mail room, 962-3979
MARyCATHERlNE KURZENSKJ, Alunuu Center coord.
TOM MAY, frint shop coordinator
LINDA RHODES ' 81, assistant to the president
DIANE PADGETT ' 91, membership coordinator
GLENN H.A. GILLEN ' 88, asst. memberslup coordinator
KICK DAVIS ' 85, director of enrichment
LAURA CARTNER ' 93, coordinator of reunions
LINDA CONKLIN, coordinator of career services
KELLY KII"IlY ' 94, assist. coordinator ofclubs
kelly_kirb Y@ltllc.edll; 962-6705
LAI~YLAR.usso ' 92, coord. ofeA1:ended study programs
MElliDi TH LEWIS ' 93, program assistant
LINDA RAINEY ' 95 (MA), coordinator of clubs
ANITA WALTON ' 92, coordinator ofstudent programs
REGINA OLIVER ' 75, editor
DAVfD BI"OWN ' 75, associate editor
KIM COSTELLO ' 94. assistant editor
SARAH MCCAI1. TY ' 96, designer
saralt_lIIccart Y@IIIIc.edu; 962-4794
STEPHANIE MILLER ' 83, adv. dir. & promotions coord.
DIANA PALMER ' 86, managing editor & art director
RECORDS AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS
.KOGER NELSEN, dir. ofa1WlUU records & info. systems
SUSAN AUSTIN, records assistant
TRACY CHR.lSMON, records assistant
PKJSCILLA FULCHER, records assistant
JULIE GONYA, network administrator
jll/ ie-&ollya@lIlIc.edu; 962-5788
MAl"THA MILLS ' 80, records assistant
JOAN PENJ)ERGl~I'H, asst. director ofalumni records
STARLA WARD, records assistant
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O f Working World to Children
Many of our young alumni, and many of their parents, believe that having a degree from UNC will immediately
open the door to their idealjob. The truth is
that having a degree from Carolina, or any
other prestigious university, will not automat-
ically guarantee success in today's business
world. Students need to build on their academic
careers and develop a sense ofthemselves as
contributors in tbe real world. Parents can
help their young adults navigate these unfa-m.iliar waters.
Parents can provide realistic expectations
for their students-expectations that encourage,
that bold out possibilities, that create goals.
Expectations coupled with support and guidance
can set the stage for unlimited possibilities.
However, parents also must realize that it is
dangerous to get locked into expectations that
focus on one career path or one way of
reaching a goal.
If your offspring still are in college, know
that it is reasonable to expect them to change
career goals and majors. Don't panic when
your students call home in November of their
sophomore year and announce they have
selected the wrong school, the wrong pro-
gram, the wrong planet. Stay calm and belp
them process their options. Are they going to
change majors, transfer to another college,
take a temporaty job? Knowing that they
have options often is enough to reassure even
the most confused student.
Encourage them to seek help from University Career Services early in their college
careers. University Career Services provides
interest-testing and personality assessment that
can confirm or challenge current career
choices. Waiting until the month before grad-
uation to check OLlt University Career Services
probably will be too late.
Parents can help by providing opportunities
to explore various careers. Ideally, this process
will have started long before your child
entered college, but it is never too late. Talk
to your student about your career. What do
you like? What don't you like? Talk about
your dreams and how you chose your career.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Have you reached that goal? But don't expect
them to choose your career or your way of
Help your student learn the art of net-
working. Ifyour student wants to be a doctor,
lawyer, engineer or artist, help him or ber
connect with people who are in these profes-
sions. Encourage your student to attend career
with LINDA C ONKLIN
fairs and other networking events, such as the
Alul1lni-Senior Career Connections, which
are sponsored by the GAA each year during
the December holidays to provide an opportunity for students to meet with alumni to
discuss career issues.
Help your student test reality. Ask questions.
What does she plan to do with a degree in
philosopby? Where does be see himself
working? Why is sbe attracted to a particular
profession? What are his natural talents? How
can they be used to earn a living? Do lawyers
spend all of their tirne in court defending
major footbalJ stars, or do tbey attend to the
details of residential real estate closings? What
do consultants do? These are inlportant questions to consider.
Help your student find Jobs during college
tbat will expand his or bel' understanding of
the world of work, where people are
expected to show up on time, solve problems,
deal with customers and communicate with
co-workers. A summer job as a secretaty,
retail clerk or camp counselor can build
character as well as a resume. An internship in a
chosen career area can belp develop ma.rketable
skills and provide relevant expe6ence necessaty
to obtain that first job. Also be willing to
support your student financially if the internship
is not a paying position. You will be making
an investment in the future.
Encourage your student to get involved in
campus or community activities and take on
leadership roles. Help your child seek out
volunteer opportunities that can help him or
her learn new skills and build confidence.
Companies are looking for well-rounded,
motivated employees with demonstrated ability
to get the job done.
Encourage your student to grow and learn,
take some risks and make mistakes. Be there
to support them when things don't work out.
Strive to give them wings as well as roots.
For more i1ifo YIIlatiott on career-related issttes,
cotttact Linda COl1klitt, the GAA's coordinator if
alul11l1i career selvices, al (919) 962-3749 or by
MnrcIt / AfJrif 1 998