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Gillings School Career Services

Preparing leaders for career success

When it comes to competing for professional opportunities, engaging with the Gillings Career Services office ensures that you are among the best-prepared candidates in the marketplace. Preparation is critical to career success. We begin working with students so they'll be ready for the challenges of a diverse, global workplace. It means having the abilities that give you a competitive edge – and helping you achieve results is a cornerstone of our mission. Some of the services that we provide are career decision-making and assessments; resume/CV and cover letter critiques; interviewing preparation; salary negotiation; networking and job searching resources.

To learn more about how to engage with our office, please check out our various options:

Upcoming Career Events for Fall 2021

Welcome to a brand-new year of amazing professional development programming. Due to COVID-19, please note that all professional development workshops are virtual and need to be signed-up for on Handshake. Signing up on Handshake is mandatory in order to receive all handouts and recordings from the virtual session(s). Can’t make it to the session(s) but would love to get the material? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording and materials!

All virtual sessions will be presented by Camille G. Mason who is the career services specialist for Gillings School of Global Public Health. She can be reached at cgmason@email.unc.edu if you have any further questions.


Public Health Practicum Search Bootcamp | Thursday, September 30th | 5:00 – 6:15 PM EST | Register via Handshake
Want to know the process of finding a practicum or internship in public health? Then this workshop is for you! Learn how to effectively tackle the practicum/internship search in the age of COVID-19 and learn how to use this time to market yourself to employers. Presented by Gillings Career Services Office and The MPH Practicum Office.

IN THIS WEBINAR, YOU’LL
• Learn how to access unadvertised jobs by targeting your search
• How to refine your practicum goals
• How to identify the organizations you want to work for
• How to access the ‘hidden practicum market’

Public Health Job Search Tips & Tricks | Thursday, October 7th | 5:00 – 6:15 PM EST | Register via Handshake
This workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence to launch an effective job search. You will learn about many valuable resources, including databases, and downloadable information available on Handshake & ReferenceUSA site. We will examine networking as an important strategy and discuss how to do it in a way that will work for you. You will gain a competitive advantage by mastering these job search basics.

IN THIS WEBINAR, YOU’LL LEARN:
• Learn how to access unadvertised jobs by targeting your search
• How to refine your job search goals
• How to identify the companies you want to work for
• How to focus your job search efforts

Build and Leverage Your Network for Career Success | Thursday, October 28th | 5:00 – 6:15 PM EST | Register via Handshake
Some people enjoy networking! For the rest of us who may need a little help, we’ll teach some easy, non-threatening ways to connect with others to meet your goals. This workshop teaches essential networking skills from planning, meeting people, and building relationships to providing career-specific information necessary for public health.

IN THIS WEBINAR, YOU’LL LEARN:
• Learn how to prioritize contacts
• Learn how to build meaningful connections
• Learn how to network on social media

Virtual Interviewing Techniques for Jobs, Internships & Fellowships | Thursday, November 4th | 5 – 6:15 PM | Register via Handshake
Refresh your interviewing skills and learn how to prepare for advanced interviewing techniques including critical behavioral, panel and case interviews. Review the dos and don’ts for interview situations and learn how to address the most difficult questions.

IN THIS WEBINAR, YOU’LL LEARN:
• Learn how to answer difficult interview questions
• Learn video interview techniques
• Understand how to interview well

Be Your Own Accountability Coach: Setting Personal Goals | Thursday, November 11th | 5 – 6:15 PM | Register via Handshake
Can’t seem to get motivated to start or finish your goals? It is easy to put off tasks and responsibilities, but if you want to be successful, you need accountability. You will learn the tools to clarify what you want in your career, develop a plan to pursue your desires, and make the changes you envision. This presentation is for personal & professional development for students who need organization, drive, and accountability.

IN THIS WEBINAR, YOU’LL LEARN:
• How to create systems for success
• How to choose rewards that help support other healthy goals
• How to tap into your motivation

FOR STUDENTS: How to Make an Appointment

Good job for taking the first step to learn more about your career options! I look forward to helping you achieve your career goals and more. The best way to connect with me is by making an appointment on Handshake. Please check out the directions below on how to navigate the Handshake system.

  1. Click the Handshake link and use your ONYEN and password credentials to log in to Handshake.
  2. Scroll to the upper options bar and click [Career Center]. Then click the option button [Appointments].
  3. Click the button [Schedule a New Appointment].
  4. Select the option “Public Health/Rosenau Hall – For Public Health Students” then choose the option “Gillings Career Appointment in Rosenau” [Please note that all appointments will be virtual due to COVID-19, until further notice]
  5. Under Appointment Medium, select either Video or Phone
  6. Select an available appointment time
  7. Provide the information on the purpose of the career meeting.

If you have any questions about your appointment, please don’t hesitate to email Camille G. Mason at cgmason@email.unc.edu. I look forward to working with you soon!

FOR ALUMNI: How to Make an Appointment

No matter where you are with your public health career or what stage you are in with your career, Gillings Career Services is here to support YOU! Whether you are exploring a new public health career, seeking a new public health opportunity, or looking to tap into the Gillings alumni network, Gillings School is committed to helping you achieve your professional goals.

Gillings alumni are encouraged to take advantage of our full range of career services, which begins with a 1-on-1 appointment with a career specialist. Schedule a one-on-one career advising appointment by visiting Calendly.

Recent graduates may schedule a 60-minute appointment, via telephone or virtually (Zoom). Individualized career services include career management advising; Resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile consultation; networking and job search strategies; mock interviews; negotiating job offers.

FOR EMPLOYERS: Posting Jobs & Recruiting

You have come to the right place to recruit top public health talent in the nation! Here at Gillings School, you will find a community of engaged students with experiences in solving some of the most challenging health problems to date. Our talented and diverse public health students are goal-oriented, well-rounded, globally-minded and ready to drive meaningful change in your organization from their first day on the job.

The Handshake portal enables employers to reach all current Gillings School students with job, fellowship and internship opportunities and maximize your recruitment efforts through various recruitment opportunities. There is no charge to post opportunities and gain access to our talent pool.

Interested in recruiting at Gillings School of Public Health? The Gillings Career Services office offers a variety of ways to connect:

  • Handshake – career portal for all University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students (including Gillings School students)
  • Employer Information Sessions
  • On-campus Interviewing
  • Opportunities to participate in career programming such as mock interviews or presenting on an industry topic in your field.

If you would like to further discuss your on-campus branding strategy, please don’t hesitate to contact Camille G. Mason at cgmason@emai.unc.edu.

About Our Career Team

Gillings Career Services office supports Gillings students and alumni in developing workplace competencies to thrive as public health professionals and social change agents in organizations and communities. To accomplish this mission, we deliver cutting-edge, global career resources and services, and promote experiential learning as an essential component of career management. Career Services is a part of the Office of Student Affairs department at Gillings School of Global Health. Please meet our esteemed career staff: