Every semester, a new class of students graduates from the University of North Alabama’s College of Business and Technology (COBT) ready to take on the professional world. As Alabama’s Workforce Development University, UNA focuses on providing career services to both students and employers to produce positive workforce outcomes for emerging and growing leaders in industry.
Read on for more about the resources COBT’s Career Development Center provides to students and employers alike.
What is the Career Development Center?
The Career Development Center has two primary functions: It helps students at every stage of their career, and also provides employers the resources they need to connect with UNA COBT students.
Erin Froman, Career Development Manager, loves her job because of the opportunity she has to connect students to professions they’re passionate about.
“I really want to help bridge the gap between students succeeding in college to students succeeding in their profession. A lot of times students think that they’re students now and professionals later—I want them to start thinking of themselves as professionals now, which means getting some experience before they graduate.”Erin Froman, Career Development Manager, UNA COBT
The Career Development Center helps students in the College of Business and Technology at UNA through the following employer-related events:
- Meet the Firms, a career fair with a focus on finance + accounting students
- Resume Workshops hosted by multiple Registered Student Organizations on campus
- Keller Connections, which allows employers to host weekly information sessions on campus for students to learn about job opportunities in their organizations
- Steele Center for Professional Selling Career Summit + Speed Sell Competition for marketing students to show off their sales skills to recruiters and employers
Resources for employers
COBT’s Career Development Center provides services for employers, too. Erin said they’re currently working with Huntsville-area employers like Tennessee Valley Authority, Boeing, the Federal Bureau of Investigation + others, but they’re always looking for opportunities to partner with more potential employers.
Employers can also post jobs to Symplicity, a job database focused on recruiting students, for free through their partnership with UNA.
Find highly-skilled, professional, career-ready business students to join your company by building a relationship and partnership with UNA today—Call or email Erin to get more information on employer opportunities.
We also spoke to Sydnee Bennett, a December 2020 grad + current Master of Accountancy (MAcc) student at UNA who used the Career Development Center to land her current job as a tax associate at Warren Averett in Huntsville.
Though Sydnee knew from her first semester that she wanted to be an accountant, she had several friends who utilized the Career Development Center as they sought to find their home at UNA and, ultimately, in the workforce.
Sydnee utilized the Center’s job-placement resources to land an internship with the state of Tennessee as an undergraduate as well as her current full-time job, both of which she landed through Meet the Firms.
Her advice to other students?
“Utilize all the resources that UNA has to offer…Know that at UNA, they are there to help you, they want you to succeed, and they truly do care about you.”Sydnee Bennett, UNA alumna + current MAcc student
Nuts + Bolts
- Career fairs + professional development workshops
- Career + major guidance
- Guidance for navigating Symplicity
- Internship + externship placement
- Interview prep + mock interviews
- Resume reviews
- Career fairs
- Free job postings on Symplicity
- Internship + externship placement
- Recruiter days
- Student resume books
- Student employment
Students at every stage + employers alike can benefit from COBT’s Career Development Center. Find the career services you need now.