Susan Bradley recently joined the Career Center as a College of Science Student Services Coordinator. We're excited to have her join our fantastic team of advisors and academic counselors who are constantly striving to help our students succeed in their classes and beyond! Check out our the following interview with Susan to get to know a little bit about her and how she helps our students find the path that's right for them.
Q: Hi Susan! Can you tell us a little bit about what services you provide?
A: As a career coach, I help students achieve their career path goals by setting them up for success while they're at UNT! This includes everything from resume and cover letter reviews to career path exploration, practicing interview skills, and helping students find the right jobs and internships for them. I also help run various events and programs for advising and the career center. Schedule an appointment at appointments.unt.edu and select Career Coaching and Advising, or email Susan at Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How did you get into career advising?
A: I've been in career advising for six years after spending many years in sales, marketing, business development, and private industry. I was ready to use my knowledge of private industry and supervisory and hiring experiences to benefit students as they search for their careers. I really enjoy working with college students and I value higher education and I have really enjoyed making the transition.
Q: What do you like most about working at UNT?
A: I love the campus spirit and diversity. I think the students, faculty, and staff are very friendly and very purposeful in their commitment to improving lives and improving the community. I love the squirrels! They're so spoiled!
Q: What advice would you give to a college student ready to enter the job market?
A: Be prepared to spend some consistent time and effort applying for positions and following up. It is a process and you have to keep positive and stay motivated! Don't blanket the job market with generic emails and generic cover letters, make sure it is a targeted and present your skiills in the best light for a particular position! I am here to help you with all stages of that process. Feel very positive that you've gotten a great education from a well-regarded institution that is highly valued in the marketplace!
Q: What advice would you give to a freshman just starting college?
A: Start thinking about your potential career paths as early as possible. Meet with your career coach, start attending career events and fairs, and start identifying your unique skills and interests, as well as additional experience you can gain while being in school. This includes leadership skills, joining student organizations, internships, etc. that will help you figure out what the best path for you is and will help position you as strongly as possible with future employers. Figure out what faculty and staff members you have the strongest connection and rapport with and stay in contact with them because they can be a vital part of your job search. They can serve as references or help you identify possible areas of opportunity.
Q; What do you do in your spare time?
A: I love my three animals. I have two dogs and a cat who are very, very spoiled. And I love to travel- I've been to 23 different countries! I am working on a doctorate degree in adult education online.