Board of Directors
Jean Almand Kitchin ' 70, Scotland Neck ..... . . Chair
Anthony S. Harrington ' 63, Easton, Md. . .hnnrlPastOJair
Tom D. E£rd ' 61, Gastonia . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chair-Elect
James A. Harrell Jr.' 69, Elkin . ....... .. 1' Vice Chair
Joel G. Brinkley ' 75, Chevy Chase, Md. . . 2"" Vice Chair
Anthony Eden Rand ' 61, Fayetteltille .. , .... Trea,urer
Dwight M. Davidson III ' 77, Greensboro . .Asst. Treasurer
William P. Aycock II ' 65, Greet/sboro . . . . . . . .Counsel
Douglas S. Dibbert ' 70, Chapel HiU ....... .President
ElEClED 1'0 REPRESENT N.C. DISTRICTS
1. D. Jordan Whichard 1ll ' 79 (2007) .. ... Greenville
2. Philip A. Baddour Jr. ' 64 (2007) . . . . . . . Goldsboro
3.)oseph M.)enkins ' 70 (2008) . . . . . . . . . Fayetteville
4. Phail WynnJr. ' 89 (MBA) (2006) . . .. Hillsborough
5. Dana Borden Lacy ' 61 (2006) .. ..... Greensboro
6. Karen Lynn Parker ' 65 (2008) . . . . WlI1Ston-Salem
7. WilliamJ. Leach)r. ' 67 (2008) . .. . . ... .statesville
8. Rosa Thompson McMee ' 75 (2007) .... Charlotte
9. Walter H. Dalton ' 71 (2007) . .. .. .Rutherfordton
to.Joseph P. McGuire ' 72 (2006) .... . . . . ..Asheville
ELECTED TO REPRESENT OUHlF-STATt ALUMNI
Laura Hobby Beckworth ' 80 (2006) ... . .. . Houston
Constance Lewis Cromartie ' 87 (2006) .Gaithersburg,Md
Randy KJones ' 79 (2006) . ...... .Chula Vista, Calif.
Joseph M. Jenrette III ' 73 (2007) ... . . Charleston, S. C.
L.Joseph Loveland)r. ' 73 (2007) . . . . . . . . . . . .Atlanta
Linda Robertron Viglucci ' 83 (2007) .Coral Gables, R•.
James E. Delany ' 70 (2008) . . . . .. .. . .Park Ridge, Dl.
Vuginia Commander Knott ' 72 (2008) .. Mill Neck,N. Y.
David B. L. Royle ' 78 (2008) . . . . . . Washington, D.c.
El< OFFICIO, REPRESENTING THE STUDENT BODY
Seth M. Dearmin . . . . . . . . . .President, Student Body
Ryan C. Tuck . . . . .. . .... .Editor, TIte Daily Tar Heel
Bobby L. Whisnant Jr. . .. . .. .. President, Senior Class
Alexander M. Freeman .. Pres., Order ofthe Bell Tower
El< OFFCIO, REPRESENTING THE FACUl TY
James L. Leloudis II ' 77 (2006) .. . ...... Chapel Hill
PRESIOENTS OF SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS (El< OfACIO)
Sue EdwaId>' 85 (MRP), Gty&Regl PIan..5iM:rSpring,Md.
John D. Matheson '02 (MBA), Dentistry .... .Asheville
David Augustus Martin ' 73, Education . . . . ..Raleigh
Amy Beth Gresko '03, Information & Library Science... Cary
Beth McNichol ' 95, Journalism .. . . .... . . Durham
Donna Rhea Rascoe ' 93, Law ... ... . .. .. . Raleigh
William M Herndon~ ' 74 (' 81 MO),Medicine .. Charlotte
Bobbie)o Lee ' 93 (' 97 MSN), Nursing ..... . . .Cary
Gill Ripley ' 71, Pharmacy. . . . .. .. .. . ... . .. .Elkin
Larry Michael Davis ' 85, Public Admin.. . .. Greensboro
Dorma Gayle King '00 (MPH), Public Health . . Tirnbedake
Maahew J. Sulliv.m ' 89 (' 97 MSW), Social Work ..Durham
ALUMNI ON THE ATHI.E1lC COUNCil (ELECTED AT LARGE)
Joel M. Brown ' 69 (2006) ... . . . . .. . Winston-Salem
Kenneth W. Huff ' 71 (2007) . . . ... . ..... .Durham
Richard ET: lor ' 50 2008) ... . . _. . ... Lumberton
Will the Real You Please Stand Up your career,
Is this the year ofyour discontent? Did you think your job would be more satis-
fYing than it is? Are you starting to wonder
ifyou should have chosen another field? If
your answer is yes to any of these ques-
tions, don't despair.
Before you start thinking about another
career, take some time to find out more
about you. After all, getting to know all
about yourselfis the first step to career sat-
isfaction. To find a career that you love, you
need to understand that your natural
strengths make you better suited for some
jobs than others - one size does not fit all.
The more compatible you are with your
job, the happier you will be.
Many people, unaware of their natural
strengths, may spend much of their work
lives in unfulfilling jobs that are a poor fit
for their personality, skills and interests.
They choose jobs based on what they have
been trained to do rather than who they
are. The truth is, ifthe perceived reward is
great enough, most of us can be trained to
do just about anything. But if what you do
is not aligned with who you are, there is a
major disconnect. Work is more difficult,
more exhausting and certainly less fun.
For example, are you creative but find
yourself working on routine tasks day after
day? Or do you thrive on working inde-
pendently to develop new ideas, but you
supervise a large team in a highly struc-
tured environment? Or are you an outgo-
ing, take-charge person who was born to
organize, but your job requires you to work
alone on projects that never seem to end?
If you are like most people, you probably
selected your first job based on "any job,
any way, any pay." Or you might have
selected a career because someone you
admired or trusted said, "Go into finance
(or law or computers); that's where the
money is." Or you spent four years getting
a degree in a particular subject, so, of
course, you went into that field. Imagine
the decisions you would have made if you
had understood your natural strengths.
Many excellent assessments are available
to help you discover who you are so that
you can make more satisfYing choices about
your career and your life. Some of the more
popular assessments are the Canlpbell
Interest and Skill
Sorter, the Self-
Directed Search and the Myers Briggs Type
Self-assessment cannot undo the past -
the courses you chose, the degree you earned
or the jobs you accepted. But going for-
ward, self-assessment can help you make
more satisf Ying career choices by helping
you understand what you do best. Instead of
selecting a career based on money, power
or prestige, you will be able to make choic-
es that are congruent with who you are.
If you decide that you do want to
change your career, self-awareness will help
you conduct a more effective job search.
Armed with what you know about your-
self, you can evaluate possible job opportu-
nities to find those that will maximize your
strengths and minirnize your weaknesses.
Self-awareness also can help you market
yourself. The insights you gain from your
self-assessment can be used to create your
resunle, cover letter and personal commer-
cial. By knowing your strengths, and seek-
ing positions aligned with those strengths,
you'll have an easier time answering diffi-
cult interview questions and demonstrating
to employers that you deserve the job.
If your job is not a good fit, but you
have decided to stay because of family
needs, finances or some other reason, you
can use the assessment process to find ways
to build more of what you do best into
your job. For example, ifyou are an extro-
vert you could create more opportunities
to work with others. Ifyou are an intro-
vert, you could seek more uninterrupted
time to work alone.
Whether you are trying to find out what
you want to be when you grow up or
whether you want to improve your current
situation, self-assessment is a powerful tool
for achieving career satisfaction.•
Unda Conklin is the GM's manager of Alumni Career
Services. Contact her with career-related questions at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 962-3749. Her
advice and other career-related information can be
found at alumni.unc.edu/career.
January / February 2006