Get to Know the Career Center: Briana McCarthy

Who We Are – Get to Know the Career Center

The Career Center will highlight its staff, graduate assistants, and student assistants throughout the semester. Each team member will showcase their commitment to diversity and inclusive practices for our students, alumni, and employer. Who are we, and how do we work to make sure our office is a welcoming space.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Briana McCarthy (she, her, hers) – Graduate Assistant for Employer and Alumni Outreach & Services

Hiya! My name is Briana McCarthy, and I use she, her, hers pronouns. Back in 2019, I graduated from UNT with a BA in Psychology and a minor in English. I am to graduate in May 2021 with a Master’s degree in Higher Education, specializing in Student Affairs. I presently work as a graduate assistant in the Career Center with the Employer Development Team. A fun fact about me is that my favorite food is deep-dish pizza from Chicago, where I grew up.

Describe a typical workday, tasks, and what you enjoy most about your job?

A typical workday for me is centered on outreaching to employers for event registrations. Since I created the Professional Networking Series, I contact employers, specific to the college(s) of the month, to generate the best connections for our students. Usual tasks include meetings with staff about project development, approving employers in Handshake, and sorting through lots of emails. The element I enjoy most about my job is hearing the excitement from students after their successful meeting with an employer.

Describe the services you provide for UNT students.

The primary service I provide is creating programming, such as the Professional Networking Series, to enhance students’ etiquette and networking skills. Also, I partner with the internship team to ensure a successful job shadowing program with a diverse industry base of employers. Furthermore, I critically examine current programs and adapt them to maximal student success. Within the career center teams, I am establishing and developing virtual connections and more efficient lines of productivity to ensure the success of other programs we offer.

Why do you believe students utilize the career center? What are the benefits?

I believe students utilize the career center to help them find their dream career pathway. College is about more than just passing classes. It is about learning a variety of new skills to use in a future job. A benefit of the Career Center is its ample opportunities for students to develop their skills and teach students to use these skills in their future careers.

If you are interested in scheduling a meeting with Briana, connect with Briana via Connect with the Career Center – Career Center | University of North Texas (unt.edu)

By Karla del Valle
Karla del Valle Profile Picture