Get to Know the Career Center: Sean McNamara

Sean McNamara (he/him/his)- Career Coach for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences & Assistant Director for Career Education

Who We Are – Get to Know the Career Center

Get to know the UNT’s Career Center’s 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 employers. Who are we, and how do we work to make sure our office is a welcoming space.

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Sean McNamara (He, Him, His) – Career Coach for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences & Assistant Director for Career Education

 

I was born and raised in Upstate New York and spent the first 22 years of my life in the Northeast. I went to Seton Hall University for undergrad, where I started as an undecided student but ended up studying History and Psychology. As a former undecided student, I love helping others explore their major and career options. One of the main reasons I love this job is because I can help others avoid some of the mistakes I made in my college to career transition. I moved to Denton in 2008 to pursue my Masters in Counseling and loved the area so much I never left. I started working at UNT as an Academic Advisor in 2011 and began at the Career Center in 2013. I work as a career coach and love working with students and helping people explore, prepare for, and secure careers. In my free time, I like to spend time with my partner and new daughter. I also explore outside, read, and travel when I can.

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

My tasks vary from day to day that is one reason why I enjoy this job. The majority of my job entails meeting 1-on-1 with students to explore career possibilities as well as reviewing resumes/cover letters, practice interviewing, creating job search strategies, and helping students transition from college into the next phase of their career. Parts of my job people rarely witness are researching career trends, planning & coordinating career-related events/workshops, building relationships with employers & faculty, and of course, answering e-mails. I like that I get to use a variety of skills at this job. My favorite thing, though, is that I get to work with and hopefully help others.

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

College is expensive, and I don’t think many students would be here if they didn’t feel like the experience would help them start a fulfilling career. Our services help students connect their degree, experience, and interests to opportunities after graduation. People come in with differing needs. Whether it’s exploring career options, creating a career plan, or looking to make professional connections in the field, the Career Center has services and resources that address the need. No matter why students come in, I believe that they come back because they can tell that we have a knowledgeable and caring staff dedicated to helping them achieve their goals.

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

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