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Rebecca Christiansen

January 17, 2017

Rebecca Christiansen, UNCW’s associate director for employer development, knows good jobs are hard to find.

“My best advice to anyone is that it isn’t who you know, but who knows you,” she said. “What have you done for someone that might be remembered? Volunteer, network, get involved, do something for someone not necessarily because you want something in return.”

Christiansen joined the staff of the UNCW Career Center a year ago. A former corporate recruiter for BB&T, she has always had great working relationships with college career centers.

While the transition from corporate recruiting to higher education has been a learning experience, she’s grateful for the tools and support she’s been given to succeed in her role, as well as the challenges.

The current UNCW Strategic Plan includes a major initiative to increase the overall Fortune 500 organizations recruiting on campus. Utilizing her creative and entrepreneurial skills to get bottom-line results, Christiansen and her team would like to raise that number from 37 to 50-60 by the end of 2017. In addition, she wants to increase the number of overall organizations that recruit on campus.

“Our students are reporting increased interest in startups, nonprofits and STEM careers, and a preponderance of alumni stay in North Carolina after graduation, contributing to our state’s workforce and its future,” she said.

Christiansen earned a B.A. in economics from Michigan State University and an M.S. in human resources administration from Central Michigan University.

A military spouse herself, she specializes in programming for military and veteran populations, recruitment policies and procedures and labor market trends.

Outside of UNCW, she enjoys cheering for the Michigan State Spartans, Crossfit and keeping up with her four rescue dogs.

-- Caroline Cropp