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Dec 11

#MeetaTarHeel: Jay Eubank, Director of Career Services at J-School

While University Career Services works with all students on their career goals, different departments may also have staff members dedicated to helping advance students’ dreams. Jay Eubank works as the director of career services in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Eubank works closely with current students to identify and land internships and with graduating students to obtain entry-level jobs. He is also known for his incredible compilation of career-related listserv emails.

Eubank became most interested in helping college students find jobs because of his former interest in reporting, which is centered on informing and helping people. “When this job came up I was still a newspaper reporter. [I noticed] it combined really cool aspects of that job with a new group of people,” said Eubank, who has been working in the J-school for 18 years and worked as a journalist for nine years prior.

“It’s been really satisfying to work with students and see how they grow and mature, how they think about jobs, careers and their lives, from that initial meeting to the time they graduate and beyond. I find our students are pretty pragmatic. They are interested in finding the ways to use the skills they are developing,” said Eubank.

Eubank works directly for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication but says that the school is unbelievably lucky to have a great University Career Services office, which is located right next door in Hanes Hall. UCS and J-School Career services work closely and share information and resources like their appointment scheduling system and connecting employers who are interested in meeting with UNC students.

Changes in Media

In 1996, when Eubank first started working at the J-school, the internet was just taking off. “When I started, newspaper and journalism was in a much better place. The enrollment in public relations and advertising has been on an upward slope and more people are interested in those fields,” said Eubank. “[When you] look at where journalism is now, we have social media, all these new tools. It’s been interesting to see how things have changed based off that and the careers students are most interested in.”

Most of Eubank’s day-to-day work includes helping students decide which concentration they are interested in pursuing as well as walk-in appointments to help students update their resumes and cover letters, and talking about internship and job search strategy. Whatever he’s doing, it’s working: 80.3% of 2014 J-school grads were employed within a few months of graduation.

J-school Opportunities

“I like working with students, they keep you on your toes. From year-to-year you’ll see subtle (or not so subtle) differences in what students are wanting to do.” added Eubank.

With these subtle differences in mind, the Journalism school offers unique opportunities each year, such as traveling on networking trips to New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other major cities.

Eubank handles some on-campus recruiting for internships and jobs though information sessions and connecting employers with students directly. He also oversees an internship course in which students can apply for class credit through their experience.

Joining the Community

Eubank encourages all students interested in Journalism to consider Carolina. “I love working with the faculty and staff here in the Journalism School — it’s a pretty interesting group. I think we’re pretty special, in that we have some people who are on the more academic side and then there is a large grouping of faculty on the professional side.” To learn more, visit the Journalism and Mass Communication website and be sure to submit your application through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.