Safety First: Career-guarding Workshop Takes to Road
Being young does not mean being invin- cible- especially when it comes to careers. Just ask Amanda Volz ' 95.
Although the economics graduate has been
working for a small financial information
services company in Charlotte for almost four
years, she got a bit of a scare recently.
"My company was sold last year, and I was
lucky enough to keep my job this time," says
Volz. "But I want to be better prepared ifI
face that uncertainty again."
Her wake-up call prompted Volz to attend
"Safeguarding Your Career," a program offered
in October by the GAA and led by the GAA's
career services coordinator, Linda Conklin.
Sessions were held at the Greensboro Cultural
Center and Charlotte's Museum of the South
to reach more alumni, many of whom might
be unable to travel to Chapel Hill to attend
"Alumni want us to come to them, so
we're finding more ways to accommodate
their requests," Conklin said. "It was our first
attempt to take these workshops out to
alumni. The main message was that they
should be responsible for their own careers-
they do have to take the initiative to talk to
their bosses, to know what they want and to
... both young and old
alumni must constantly
analyze their career
-Matt Yablunosky ' 95,
way to network is to join a professional orga-
nization. "I have decided to seek out a profes-
sional group to join and to keep track of my
weekly accomplishments; when review time
comes around, I can use my weekly lists to
summarize my contributions to the company."
Matt Yablunosky ' 95 (MA) heard about the
Greensboro lecture through a brochure and
thought it would be a good way to invest in
himself. "No matter how comfortable we may
be in our current jobs, both young and old
alwnni must constantly analyze their career
paths, searching for ways to grow beyond our
current skill levels," he said.
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