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Virtual Coffee Chat for Young Alumni: Persevering a Difficult Job Search

Wednesday, Sept. 30 | Coffee Chat: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (EDT) | Networking Session: 12 – 12:30 p.m. (EDT)
Wherever You Are
Coffee chat is complimentary; GAA members get networking session access and a $5 Starbucks gift card 

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There is no way else to say it, this is a tough time to be a recent grad. Take a virtual coffee break at home to learn how to persevere – and thrive – through a difficult job search. Click in with GAA Career Coach Catherine Tuttle and alumni, Aishwarya Hariharan ’17 and Candice Miles ’08, to discuss structuring your job search, building your network from home, and gaining new skills and experience. Brew your favorite cup of coffee, and bring your questions to this informal discussion.

GAA members will get a $5 Starbucks gift card for their next coffee to be on us. After the event, GAA members will also have the opportunity to network in small groups with our panelists over Zoom. All alumni welcome but please note the content of this chat will be focused on recent grads. We’ll send a link to those who sign up prior to the chat.

Not sure what a Coffee Chat is? Check out our FAQ below.

Coffee Chat FAQ

What is a Virtual Coffee Chat?

A Virtual Coffee Chat is an informal panel discussion with our career coach and a panel of your fellow Tar Heels. You’ll be able to submit questions prior to and during the event for our panelists.

What will be the takeaway from the Coffee Chat?

You will walk away from this Coffee Chat with some thoughts around next steps learned from the experience of fellow Tar Heels and our career coach.

What if I can’t stay the whole time?

Don’t worry, there is no requirement to stay for the entire time.

Catherine Tuttle, Career Coach

Catherine is a career consultant with the General Alumni Association. Over the past 10 years, Catherine has worked one-on-one with MBAs, recent graduates, mid-level career professionals and executives. She has extensive experience working with resumes, cover letters and coaching, and is the owner of Forward Thinking Resumes. We are excited to have Catherine working with us to provide career support to our alumni.

Aishwarya Hariharan '17

Aishwarya is a data scientist at IBM for the Cloud and Cognitive Software unit. She is passionate about implementing data-driven solutions and providing actionable insights through Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning! She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017, with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Decision Sciences and Economics, and a minor in Cognitive Science. She is also a meditator, writer, student pilot, and an avid sports enthusiast! Go Heels!!

Candice Miles '08

Candice Miles is a Senior Strategic Sales (Account) Lead at TEKsystems, a top technology services and talent management organization. She leads both local and global strategic planning and tactical execution of the digital transformation offering. Though focused primarily on driving business strategy, delivery of services, and creating partnerships with clients in the Raleigh-Durham area, she also contributes heavily to her organization’s national, regional, and local diversity and inclusion efforts.

As a member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit Executive Service Corp of the Triangle, Candice advocates for the power of community engagement. She is a volunteer with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and the Wake County Literacy Council. She has a B.S. degree in business administration and a degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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