IMPORTANT N.C. A&T CAREER SERVICES UPDATES

Welcome to the Office of Career Services (OCS). The OCS will continue to operate virtually during the spring semester. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (ET). The best method of communication is email, as staff will be teleworking. Staff will respond via email or Zoom notification for a phone or video conference. General questions may be emailed to ocs@ncat.edu. To reach a specific staff person visit www.ncat.edu/careerservices and click Career Services Staff for their email address.

EMPLOYER SERVICES

All employer events will be virtual throughout the spring. Aside from interviews, resume critiques, and mock interviews (which can be held during normal business hours), all other employer events should be requested via Handshake for any time from 12 - 2 p.m. or 6 - 8 p.m., as these are the best times for students to engage.

CAREER FAIRS 

All career fairs will be held virtually via the Handshake Virtual Career Fair platform. Employers interested in participating may register via Handshake.

  • Spring Career Fair | February 24, 2021
  • Education Career Fair | March 9, 2021
  • Career Awareness Fair | September 14-15, 2021

INTERVIEWS

Employers must continue to request room only, pre-select and open interview schedules via Handshake. The room/interview location will be noted as “virtual”. Once the student selects an interview time slot and the schedule closes, it will be up to the employer to notify the student(s) of the interview link which will be utilized for the virtual interviews. Employers who are conducting Room Only interviews will be required to forward career services a list of students interviewed including their first & last name, classification, and major if known. This will enable the OCS to attach the interview to both the employer and student’s record.

JOB OFFER GUIDELINES

For all offers extended during spring recruiting season for summer internships, co-op or full-time employment, employers should allow students until March 1 or a minimum of two weeks from the date of the written offer, whichever is later, for students to accept or decline. The OCS advises recruiters to neither pressure students to accept offers in less time than indicated above, nor attach bonuses that “explode” if the offer is not immediately accepted. For all offers extended during Summer accelerated recruitment, the same guidelines will apply.

According the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), experience shows the best employment decisions for both students and employers are those that are made without pressure and with the greatest amount of information and transparency. Students given sufficient time to attend career fairs, participate in on-campus interviews, and/or complete the interviewing in which they are currently engaged are more likely to make good long-term employment decisions and may be less likely to renege on job acceptances.

BEST PRACTICES

  • Start with Career Services; we will serve as your liaison and maintain a record of your engagement.
  • Post all event requests and jobs in Handshakes.
  • Plan accordingly to allow your request to be approved and promoted no later than 10 business days before the proposed event.
  • Be open to all classifications whenever possible; cultivate relationships with freshmen.
  • Create flyers that are pictorial, diverse, and engaging for promotion via social media and plasma boards.
  • Consider creating a “commercial” to promote your organization or job opportunity on social media.
  • Use alumni or recent interns/co-op students (during events) to connect with students; submit student testimonials and pictures of their engagement with your organization.
  • Report hires as this will attract students to your organization

SAVE THE DATES (Academic Calendar)

  • January 25: Classes begin
  • February 1: Spring recruiting season begins
  • February 1-22: Career Fair employers may request dates to host pre-career fair events
  • February 24: Spring Career Fair (Virtual)
  • February 25: Spring Career Fair Next Day Interviews (Virtual)
  • February 1: Spring recruiting season begins
  • April 16: Recruiting Season Ends
  • April 30: Classes End
  • May 3-7: Exam Period
  • May 8: Graduation  

KEY OFFICE CONTACTS FOR EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT

If you have any additional employer engagement questions, concerns, or need assistance increase interview/event attendance, you may reach out to the following individuals based on your needs:

Jenell Prince, Recruiting and Scheduling Coordinator (jnmcmill@ncat.edu):

  • Requests for student engagement events (i.e., workshops, meetups, etc. – all currently virtual)
  • Virtual Interview schedules
  • Creating job postings (all types)
  • Handshake account creation or assistance

 

Pamela Basheer, Assistant Director for Experiential Learning (basheerp@ncat.edu):

  • Experiential Assistance: internships, co-op, on-campus student employment job postings and interviews
  • Career opportunities for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors

 

Shantea Gentry, Assistant Director for Employer Relations (sygentry@ncat.edu):

  • Full-time Assistance: job postings and interviews
  • Career opportunities for graduating seniors, masters, and PhD students

 

Kendra Haywood, Assoc. Dir. for Career Services / Employer Engagement (kyhaywood@ncat.edu):

  • Connecting to the university
  • Recruiting strategies
  • Alternate assistance for employer engagement needs if you are unable to reach aforementioned staff