Career Advice from across the Bear Network

Career advice at Your Finger Tips

No matter what path you take after UNC, near or far, your UNC Alumni Association is constantly working to help you get the career advice you need to further develop your career. Chat with a UNC career counselor online, connect with fellow UNC Bears through LinkedIn, or schedule an appointment with a career counselor in your area. 

Advice from UNC Career Experts

Bear Network Live: Online Career Chats

Bear Network Live online career chats are a series of events created to support your professional development. No need to set up appointments, pay for professional career advice, or come back to campus for support. Registration is easy and the Brazen online platform allows you to connect to UNC career counselors from any device. Times listed are Mountain Standard Time.

Jan. Career Chat 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Start the year with real advice to launch or relaunch your career.

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FEB. Career Chat

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Fall in love with your career search. Connect with our career counselor. 

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March Career Chat

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Looking to transition careers. Connect with a recent career changer today.

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APRIL Career Chat

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

April showers bring career power. Gain confidence in your career search.

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may Career Chat

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

A time of graduation and transition calls for advice from a trusted source.

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june Career Chat

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Start your summer career search with the advice you need from UNC. 

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Questions: Contact and we'll help you through the registration and chat process. 

Advice from UNC Alumni 


Broaden your Bear Network online by joining UNC's LinkedIn alumni group. Connect with fellow grads, follow university and alumni news, and post your own topics for conversation.

Looking for a specific alum in the UNC Bear Network? Use LinkedIn's alumni search tool to find alumni in your area, in your industry, or with common interests.

You can also start by connecting with one of our featured Bear Network Volunteers through an Informational Interview. Have a quick conversation with a fellow alum about their current position, the organization they work for, or their career field, it's easy to connect. Use the Sample Interview Questions provided for support. 


Tom Heaton

Tom Heaton '07

Regional Volunteer: Denver, CO 

Connect with Tom to learn about programming in the Denver area, or to learn more about alumni connections in the city of Denver. Join the UNC Bears In Denver Facebook group and continue the conversation online. 

Megan Small

Megan Small '01, '05

Regional Volunteer: Hawaii

Connect with Megan to learn about volunteer opportunities available to alumni in Hawaii, or to learn more about staying connected to alumni from Hawaii. Join the UNC Bears in Hawaii Facebook group and continue the conversation online. 


Brad Darby

Brad Darby '99

Volunteer: Alumni Board of Directors

Connect with Brad if you're planning on hiring fellow UNC Bears. Brad works with Career Services, and can share additional details about  using Handshake and hiring fellow UNC Bears in your firm. 

Rachel Ramirez

Rachel Ramirez '05

Regional Volunteer: Chicago

Connect with Rachel to learn about volunteer opportunities available to alumni in the Chicago area, or to stay connected with alumni from the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center wherever you are. 


Introducing Handshake


Handshake is the new online portal from UNC Career Services replacing Bears Career Connection. Handshake allows students and recent graduates to search for and apply to positions and schedule in-person appointments with UNC's professional career counselors, and invites employers and recruiters to post career opportunities.

Handshake requires an active URSA account for students and recent graduates (graduated less than four years ago) who are seeking employment positions and/or counselor appointments.  UNC URSA accounts remain active three years after graduation and may be reactivated for alumni who graduated three or more years ago. Contact for assistance.

Advice from Community Resources

The UNC Office of Career Services suggests that alumni who graduated more than three years ago connect with career development resources in their local area, either by scheduling appointments with paid professional career counselors, or through on-site visits at local workforce centers. 

The Colorado Career Development Association (CCDA) is a state affiliate of the National Career Development Association(NCDA), and a division of the Colorado Counseling Association. The CCDA exists to connect professional career counselors to those who have a need in workforce development. Click and connect with a CCDA career counselor. 

The State of Colorado works to serve you by providing Workforce Centers across the state. Workforce Centers provide a variety of free services to assist job seekers in connecting with their next career. These services include: job listings, career counseling and training, and computer and internet access. Click and find the Workforce Center in your area.