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Workshop helps put CALS freshmen on career paths


CALS ambassador Micahel Cerretti (left) talks with “Just Who Will I Be?” workshop participants.
Photo by Marc Hall

“Just who will I be?” That’s a question most freshmen have on their minds as they embark on their first semester at N.C. State University. So it’s fitting that “Just Who Will I Be?”  is the title of a fall workshop series for freshmen, hosted by the Career Services office in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University.

Sponsored by Talecris Biotherapeutics, the workshop ran twice, in September and October, with each three-day series consisting of an hour-long session per day in Scott Hall on the NCSU campus. The goals of the workshop were to help freshmen choose a major and identify their career goals — or make sure that the path that they have already chosen is a good choice for them. 

“We want CALS students to take a proactive approach to career development,” said Melissa Kahn, CALS career adviser. 


Nathan Roth, Talecris Biotherapeutics director of pathogen safety, leads a session of the workshop to help freshmen choose a major and identify their career goals.
Photo by Marc Hall
Kahn led the workshop sessions with help from her fellow CALS career educators, as well as graduate assistant Jenna Hartwell.  Additionally, a Talecris Biotherapeutics representative attended one session of each of the workshops to tell about his own career path, give advice and share information about internship and job opportunities at the company. 

The workshop also provided a list of job titles and occupations that students might get with a CALS major. 

“One of main goals is for CALS students to take a proactive approach to career development,” Kahn said. “Planning out action steps for each year makes this feel realistic to students.”

—Terri Leith