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. 

STUDENTS: What Do You Want to See Featured in Career Conversations? Let us know.

 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.


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.

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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