Get to Know the Career Center: Janice Lader

Janice Lader (she, her, hers): Career Coach for the College of Merchandising, Hospitality & Tourism and the College of Health & Public Service

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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Janice Lader (she, her, hers) – Career Coach for the College of Merchandising, Hospitality. and Tourism and the College of Health and Public Service

I am originally from Chicago but have also lived in Florida and the northeast, so I have different accents. One minute I may sound as if I am from the Midwest, and next, I sound like I am from New York! My daughter and I moved to the Dallas area in 2016. We love it here, although I am not a fan of the summers because it’s just too hot, and Florida would be considered cold compared to the summer temps in Texas! I have an undergraduate degree in English and an M.Ed. in Higher Education and recently started working toward a Ph.D. in Communication Studies at Regent University in Virginia. I am a career coach for the College of Merchandising, Hospitality, and Tourism (CMHT) and the College of Health and Public Service (HPS). I also teach as an adjunct for CMHT and manage the Suit Up Closet on campus located in Crumley Hall. My favorite thing to eat is pizza (spinach and garlic are my preferred toppings). My favorite tv shows are currently 90 Day Fiancé and Impractical Jokers. I grew up watching I Love Lucy with my mother, so it’s an all-time favorite! Who doesn’t love Lucy?

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

A typical workday varies, and it is one of the best aspects of my job because no day is like the one before. I meet with students to discuss their career needs and help them with everything from their resume to what career opportunities are available to them based on their major. Each student I meet has different needs, questions, and concerns, so I am continuously learning because I search the answers I may not know. Meeting with students is the part of my job I enjoy the most. I provide them the resources to land a job and stand out from everyone else, especially now in such a competitive job market since COVID-19. In addition to meeting with students, I also plan and hold events throughout the year, such as career-related workshops, networking opportunities, and employer panels for the students to benefit.

Describe the services you provide for UNT students.

Services I provide for UNT students are reviewing resumes and cover letters, honing their job/internship search skills, helping them identify a career path based on their interests/majors/goals, conducting mock interviews, enhancing networking/interviewing skills, and ensuring career-readiness upon graduation.

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

I believe students utilize the Career Center for several reasons. Some students need help finding a job or internship, while others are unsure of what they can do with their degree once they graduate, so they seek our advice. Other students reach out to the Career Center for guidance while creating their resumes and desire to enhance their networking and interviewing skills. The main benefit of utilizing the UNT Career Center is that, regardless of who your career coach is, students know that we are all here to serve them. We will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure they are equipped with the tools and knowledge to secure employment and to be successful in their careers. Another benefit of utilizing the Career Center is the programming provided for students throughout the year (career-related workshops, career fairs, networking opportunities, and other career-centered events). The Career Center’s goal is to educate students and alumni in career development and planning and support their exploration and pursuit of professional aspirations. Personally, it brings me great joy to see our students flourish and land a job that excited them.

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

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