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.
Patricia Chastain (she/her/hers) – Associate Director of Student Employment.
Hi, my name is Patricia Chastain. I have a B.A. in Classical Literature, MBA, and Doctorate of Education. Prior to University life, I worked in mass recruitment and HR for Home Depot, National Park Systems, and private corporations. Also, I was a manager of financial research for S&P. Fun fact about me? I want nothing more than to live in the Highlands of Scotland or Pacific Way in Ireland.
Describe a typical workday, tasks, and what you enjoy most about your job?
I wouldn’t say there is a “typical” day for student employment, but that is what makes this job so great. One day we are doing massive amounts of onboarding, the next day we are counseling a supervisor on best practices. With the launch of Student Employment 2.0, we are really hoping to bring a lot more to student employment on campus. I enjoy working directly with students and promoting the work-study programs we offer.
Describe the services you provide for UNT students.
The services I offer are primarily student employment-related. I offer on-campus job advising, I-9 processing, student and supervisor training, and management of the Eagle Internship Program.
Why do you believe students utilize the Career Center? What are the benefits?
I think students originally come to the Career Center not knowing what to expect and they might not even know what they need. They leave with a great understanding of how to turn all on-campus activities like jobs, projects, and class assignments into career-defining goals and ideas.