The transition to Career Communities: What we learned

In an effort to reshape how career education happens at the university, UNC Charlotte’s career center recently made the transition away from a traditional “liaison model” towards an “industry cluster” concept.  This webinar will explore the year long process of data analysis/research/debate, the work done to restructure the office and services, implementation, and what we have learned in the first full semester.  Participants will gain a perspective on what it took to move this process forward, the successes and challenges the career center experienced, and the surprises encountered along the way.  This presentation will consist of a short slide deck followed by Q&A.   

Stephanie Bird, Associate Director of Career Education; Career Community Program Lead

December 12 at 10am:

BIO: Stephanie serves as Associate Director for Career Education and works with students interested in the Healthcare, Science and Research Career Community. She leads the Career Coaching team in guiding the university students, faculty and staff on exploring career communities and how they fit into the world of work. Prior to her current role, Stephanie served as the Senior Assistant Director for Career Branding where she assisted freshmen and sophomores in their career development. She also works closely with the students in targeted Prospect for Success curriculum launched for the university- wide Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). She understands the importance of students being engaged during college and is especially passionate in assisting students in their career development.

Prior to joining the University Career Center team, Stephanie worked at Georgia Southern University as the Career Development Specialist for the College of Engineering & Information Technology and the College of Science and Mathematics. She assisted students in those colleges in exploring career options, locating internship and co-op options as well as securing employment after graduation. Stephanie received her Master of Science in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Radford University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech.

Patrick Madsen, Director of the University Career Center; big fan of Stephanie Bird!

BIO: Patrick Madsen became the Director of the University Career Center at UNC Charlotte in August 2015. He leads a team of career team members towards the development of a career curriculum for students and a talent acquisition program for employers seeking to recruit.  His background includes a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University, a master’s degree in Counseling from East Carolina University, and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership/Student Affairs from Nova Southeastern University. 

Currently, Dr. Madsen has more than nineteen years of experience in higher education and fifteen years of experience teaching at the university level.  Dr. Madsen has presented on topics including career counseling and student development, leadership and followership, and organizational communication at the regional and national level.  International travels and consultations have taken Dr. Madsen from regional consultations with corporations to consultations with administrators in Azerbaijan, Serbia, Sweden, and Germany.  Dr. Madsen was selected as an international expert on career services and higher education for the Fulbright Specialist program, a five year honor.