When I came to UNC I expected to receive an excellent education, after all the program is ranked number 5 in the country. However, what I didn’t expect was the emphasis the school puts on professional development, and I have been pleasantly pleased. The school has a staff member dedicated to student development and they do this in a number of ways. What I’m going to let you in on is the Professional Development Workshops that are offered.
During the Fall and Spring there are a variety of workshops the school has to help the students develop professionally. I have been able to attend a few of the workshops and I have yet to be let down. They have all been a valuable use of my time! A few of the workshops this semester have been: A Pathway to Effective Communication (all about how to be a good presenter), Resume preparation (career services came to the school and did this one), Job searching (career services again for the win), and a luncheon with Macro and Direct practice faculty for first year students debating on their concentration.
I went to the resume and job searching workshops and they were fantastic. I learned some good tips on resume writing, for example, if you are applying to jobs out of state it’s not necessary to put your address on your resume. I also learned some good tips at the job searching workshop (beef up your LinkedIn profile!). I also made my way to the Career Services building for resume review, and WOW! I am so thankful I ventured out of the social work building, the Career Services has so much to offer and it was pretty cool just seeing a new building.
Next spring they are offering: Before, During, and After the Interview, How to effectively Network and conduct Informational Interviews, Negotiation Social Work Salaries and Benefits (totally pumped for this one), NC Licensure Process, and a Licensure Exam Preparation. I think there has been a wonderful variety of subjects offered during the workshop series.
I am really thankful the School puts emphasis on professional development. These workshops have provided insight for me as well as the conferences I have been able to attend and be reimbursed for through the SOWOSO fund. All of these opportunities have been extremely helpful for me as I am going to be entering the work Social Work work force again, this time seeking a Macro position. Take advantage of as many things as possible during your graduate experience.