Career Conversations

Partnering with Employers to Help Students Discover Future Careers

When we help students visualize the future, we open them up to a world of possibilities. More than ever, students need opportunities to interact with our rich and diverse business community and connect their passions, skills, and studies to real career pathways.

Career Conversations connects employers and students digitally through a new and growing online library of video interviews with professionals from a variety of jobs and industries. 

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 Career Conversations 

Business & Sales

Brian Galicia

Microsoft | Senior Director, Strategic Global Alliance

Brian Galicia shares his career journey to Microsoft. An introvert at heart, Brian explored coding and computer science before discovering his talent and passion for sales.

What is a growth mindset? Why should high school students log in to LinkedIn? Learn more about critical communication skills in our Career Conversation with Brian.

Civil Engineering

Moha Bhatta

Field Missions at United Nations | Civil Engineer

After earning certificates and his first engineering experience in his home country Nepal, Moha studied in the Philippines, the United Kingdom and Japan to earn higher degrees. He worked in remote, rural areas in Nepal to provide drinking water and better sanitation for the people. There’s so much more to this interesting story; learn more about pursuit of higher engineering opportunities in this Career Conversations interview!


Phil Echols

Wake County Public School System | Senior Administrator of Professional Learning

Starting off as a school counselor led Phil Echols to see the value in making sure teachers were positioned as effectively as possible to aid in student growth. In this Career Conversations interview, Phil describes himself as a teacher for teachers. As Senior Administrator of Professional Learning for the Wake County Public School System, he supports 11,000 teachers across North Carolina’s largest school district, providing resources and skills coaching to better impact students in the classroom.


Mary Moss

Moss & Ross | Partner, Strategic Consulting

There’s just something about your best friend and making an impact that matters in a place you love. Mary Moss adopted this mantra as she partnered up with her childhood best friend to start Moss & Ross, a consulting firm to support nonprofits right in their backyard. Located in Durham, NC, Moss & Ross strategically consults local nonprofits and organizes fundraising efforts for the most effective results to make a difference in the community.


Mikaya Thurmond

WRAL | News Anchor & Reporter

What does broadcast journalism look like in quarantine? In her Career Conversations interview, WRAL morning news anchor Mikaya Thurmond brings you into the life of a reporter and shares the joy she finds in telling great stories.

What time do morning anchors start the day? How can you find your voice? Confidence and authenticity are your keys to success.


Sam Allen

Holderness Family Productions | Digital Marketer & Production Assistant

Who hasn’t heard of the Holderness Family? For Digital Marketer Sam Allen, no day at Holderness Family Productions is the same…and she loves it!

In her Career Conversations interview, Sam describes the winding road that brought her to marketing (including a semester of anthropology!) and her best advice for honing skills outside the classroom.


Jaclyn Qualter

LoginClincs | Nurse Practitioner

Jaclyn knew she wanted to work in healthcare, and when she discovered that nurses have versatile roles and can work with a variety of specialists, all while caring for people during hard times, she knew this was the role for her. In this Career Conversations interview, Jacyln discusses the different settings nurses can work in as well as her various experiences as a nurse, including starting her own business!


Dylan Skicsm

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville | Nursing Student

Dylan thought computer science was his “thing,” but after a helpful conversation with a neighbor and working as a lifeguard, he discovered his passion for healthcare. In this Career Conversations interview, Dylan explains his experience as a nursing student, Volunteer Firefighter and EMT, and the things that drew him to this hands-on field full of diverse opportunities. 


Sarah Harris

SG Therapeutic Services | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist

When Sarah came to the United States from Trinidad, she had her sights set on becoming a doctor but when she was exposed to the world of psychology, there was no going back! Sarah advises students to look for opportunities to get experience in your field of interest as soon as possible. She explains her experience in the world of therapy, and how she’s been able to jump into different mentorship roles in her industry.

Public Affairs

Juan Carlos Erickson

GoTriangle | Community Engagement Manager

Your pursuit of happiness should not start at 5 o’clock. As Community Engagement Manager for GoTriangle, Juan Carlos Erickson plays a critical role in improving the quality of life for underserved communities.

In his Career Conversations interview, Juan answers questions that he wished he had asked as a student and shares his roadmap for turning passions into a profession.

Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Laura Nelson

NC State University – College of Veterinary Medicine | Veterinarian

Before she became a veterinarian and college professor at NC State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Laura Nelson dreamed of being a zookeeper!

Becoming a vet takes more than just a passion for animals. In her Career Conversations interview, Dr. Nelson shares her advice for navigating vet school applications and honing soft skills that are critical in a vet clinic.

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