Frequently asked questions
1. What is UNT Career Connect?
UNT Career Connect engages students with action-based experiential learning in communities - public or private sector - in order to develop communication, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. Career Connect aligns with UNT's commitment to educational excellence by providing students a valuable career experience while learning. This is already being done in a number of ways at the university - including both curricular and co-curricular activities - but Career Connect's plan is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to connect their valuable learning experiences. Career Connect gives students more opportunities to interact with the surrounding community, solve problems and strengthen their critical thinking and communication skills.
2. What is the purpose of Career Connect?
Connect provides students with opportunities to “connect” their learning experiences in and outside the classroom by working with UNT faculty, staff, and community partners to identify high-impact, community-engaged learning activities such internships, service-learning, or study abroad. These Connect Activities (1) encourage UNT faculty, staff, community partners, and students to think intentionally about the marketable skills students learn within each activity and within the overall context of UNT curricular and co-curricular activities; (2) provide students opportunities to work and learn in “real-life” settings; and (3) allow students to make connections between what they have learned and the marketable skills they will need to showcase to start their careers.
3. What is an e-Portfolio?
Career Connect provides students with a free, online e-Portfolio. Studnets can access the system through their my.unt.edu portal and logging in with their EUID and password. The e-Portfolio is an excellent tool to record and show off experiences like internships, volunteer work, and class projects to future employers.
4. How do I get involved Career Connect?
Faculty and staff can propose ideas for participating in Career Connect by completing and submitting the project idea form through Career Connect’s website at http://careerconnect.unt.edu/project-idea, or by contacting Meena Naik, Career Connect’s Faculty and Staff Development Coordinator, at Meena.Naik@unt.edu or (940) 369-6176.
5. What are the four skills targeted by Career Connect?
Connect uses rubrics or measures that target written communication, oral communication, team work and critical thinking:
Written Communication. The expression of ideas in writing that develop through iterative experiences across curricula and can involve learning to work in different genres, styles, writing technologies, and mixing texts, data, and images.
Oral Communication. A prepared, purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners' attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.
Team Work. Behaviors that represent the collective of individual contributions towards team tasks and discussions and the manner of interactions among team members. Contributions are measured in both quantity and quality.
Critical Thinking. A habit of the mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusions.
For more detailed information on these rubrics, please see (https://careerconnect.unt.edu/metadata)