Get to Know the Career Center: Elisha Sharif

Elisha Sharif (she, her, hers): Graduate Assistant – Career Ambassador Program

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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Elisha Sharif (she/her/hers) – Graduate Assistant – Career Ambassador Program

I attended UNT for my undergraduate degree in Psychology and graduated back in 2015. After graduation, I spent most of my career working in schools, first as an AmeriCorps service member and then as a 7th grade Reading teacher. Currently, I am in UNT’s Masters in Counseling Program on the School Counseling track, and I anticipate graduating in Fall 2021. One fun fact about me is that looking at beautiful homes and floorplans relaxes me. I scroll through Zillow and Realtor.com to help me fall asleep at night.

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

My tasks vary each day, depending on needs. On a typical day, I may check in with Career Ambassadors to follow up about a project or activity. Each week we have meetings where we discuss potential outreach ideas and check-in with each other. I also meet with my supervisor each week to discuss Career Ambassador progress and ways to support them that week. I also work on administrative or logistical pieces to help facilitate the smooth functioning of the program. My favorite part of the job is connecting with the Ambassadors and being a source of support for them. I am always amazed by their confidence and creativity. Learning together has been a great experience!

Describe the services you provide for UNT students.

My main role is to supervise and support the Career Ambassadors. Their primary role is more hands-on and involves making contact with students and offering them career-related services directly through workshops, events, or Quick Chat hours. I help train the Ambassadors and assist them in tapping into their creativity when thinking of ways to reach students. Occasionally, I provide direct services to students, such as reviewing and helping with resumes, cover letters, and other career-related inquiries.

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

Students utilize the Career Center for a variety of reasons. Many of them may be concerned about how to take all of their knowledge and skills and stand out in a saturated job market. Employees at the Career Center are very student-centered and meet them where they are at in their experience. When students come to the Career-Center, they are given practical tools and tips to help them feel confident about taking their next steps.

Quick chats with a Career Ambassador are available from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.mm every Tuesday and Thursday. Workshops are available for student organizations by using this link.

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