I have posted before about the professional development the school of social work offers, and how helpful the events have been. Another resource I recently came across is the Graduate Student Center at UNC. The center is actually located fairly close to the school of social work! I received an email outlining some events the center would be hosting come January and a few caught my eye.
These events are everything from dissertation boot camps to an etiquette lunch to learn the ins and outs of proper business etiquette while dining. I recently went to an event the graduate student center had called: “Managing People and Projects”. It was a two hour session led by a leadership professional. We were able to use People Map to assess our personality style, and then we had a lot of discussions around how to motivate, collaborate, and work with others in the workplace. What I loved most about this event was the interdisciplinary focus. There were graduate students from various schools across campus; this changed the typical conversations I have when all social workers are sitting around the table.
I am looking forward to the etiquette lunch on January 26th. I’ve never had an opportunity to learn proper business etiquette and it is sure to help if I find myself at an interview over a meal or even at a conference with meals served. It is being hosted at the Carolina Inn on campus and it was only 10 dollars (which is a steal for the 4 star restaurant). I am thankful for all of the resources UNC offers for their graduate students. I really encourage you to take advantage of them when you are a Tar Heel! They could certainly set you apart.
For more information check out the Graduate Student Center website: http://gradprofdev.web.unc.edu/