Opportunities for Students, Alumni and Employer Engagement

prof. dev. advising

There are many opportunities for students to explore academic majors, potential careers, and various industries. 

Professional Development Advisor
Linda Thurman, Director for Employer Relations and Student Professional Development, is available to all students in the College of Engineering. With over 25 years of technical recruiting, employer relations, professional development, and career advising experience, Ms. Thurman is a valuable resource for our students. Ms. Thurman meets with students one-on-one to discuss a wide range of topics such as choosing or changing majors, internships, co-ops, study abroad, interviewing skills, job search process, networking, professional licensure, graduate school and more. Ms. Thurman also coordinates the Multi-disciplinary Professional Development courses, ENGR 3295 and ETGR 3295 and hosts various events that allow students to engage with alumni and employers. She was the first public board member to serve as Chair of the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Land Surveyors and is now an emeritus member. Appointments can be made in person, via phone or online (Zoom, MS Teams, etc...).  Just email or call Ms. Thurman directly. 

University Career Center
The University Career Center offers self-assessment tools, job shadowing, career treks, informational interviews, and many other options for students to explore majors and gain relevant technical work experience regardless of the stage of their college career.

Interested alumni and employers: Help our students clarify and confirm their choice of major, gain exposure to the engineering profession, and learn about your industry and in particular your company. If you are interested in volunteering your time, talents, and wisdom, please contact the University Career Center at (704) 687-0795.

Alumni who are making a career or job transition can also utilize many University Career Center and College of Engineering resources and personnel including meeting one-on-one with Ms. Thurman to discuss your next career move or answer questions about the FE/PE process. 

We encourage you to host our students at your facility to help them gain insight to your industry and the daily life of engineers! These visits can help students make life-long career decisions. Contact Linda Thurman at lthurman@uncc.edu or (704) 687-5024 to discuss further.