Contact Information

Telephone: 919.515.3249
Fax: 919.515.5266

CALS Career Services
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 7642
107 Patterson Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7642

Mission Statement

CALS Career Services offers services to students and alumni to assist them in meeting their needs relative to career development, career experiences and employment opportunities. The office strives to provide students with the tools needed to ensure a smooth transition from college to career. We work to develop and improve the professional identities of our students. We partner with industry to increase opportunities for our students and alumni.

Sara Lane

Sara Lane
Coordinator of Career Services

My Role at NC State
I manage career services for CALS, including student job search preparation, career development workshops, employer relations, and events such as the CALS Career Expo. Empowering students to successfully transition from college to careers is my passion.

My Career Path
As an NC State undergrad in Ag. Business Management and Ag. Extension, I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do for a career. At the end of my junior year, I chose to pursue journalism and went to graduate school at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. After finishing my master's, I worked as a producer for CNN, first in Atlanta and then in New York. I found I wasn't passionate enough about journalism to make it a life-long career, so I followed a childhood dream and served in the Peace Corps in Malawi (southeastern Africa) for two years as an environment volunteer. While in the Peace Corps, I realized I was most happy when I helped friends figure out how to manage their careers, and after returning to the U.S., I became a career counsellor at Wake Forest University's School of Business. When the opportunity opened to come back to NC State and CALS, I jumped at the chance. Now, I'm happy to be able to serve students who are in the same position I was in many years ago as they get ready to leave college and start their professional careers.

When I'm Not On Campus
I love exploring the outdoors, so I make time to hike and bike when the weather is nice. My bucket list includes thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. I also travel as often as possible and especially try to get overseas to explore about different cultures. Learning is fun for me, so I enjoy being in a campus environment where I can attend classes and lectures on a diverse selection of topics. And, now that I'm living in North Carolina again, I am excited to be able to visit my family;s dairy farm in Caswell County for weekend trips.

My Personal Philosophy
Don't be afraid to take sensible risks and explore what's possible. The world is too big to stay where you feel safe.

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Jennifer Badger

Jennifer Badger
Marketing & Communications Student Intern

My Role at NC State
As a student at NC State I am excited to continue exploring my opportunities academically, professionally, and socially. In the office I assist students in making appointments, finding career resources, and registering for upcoming career events.

My Career Path
Currently enrolled in CALS (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) I am an undergrad majoring in Agricultural Business Management. I love agriculture and nutrition, but I also enjoy working in communications and marketing and am excited about the opportunities that await me after graduation.

When I'm Not On campus
When I'm not on campus I'm always in the company of good friends or family. I live five hours away so trips home are few and far between, but they are worth every minute to see my loving parents, younger sister, amazing grandmother, my sweet dog Charlie, and my old friends from high school. While I'm in Raleigh if I'm not on campus I may be found shopping at Target, eating Mexican food, or seeing a movie. I also like to travel, eat out, listen to music, and overall try new experiences and make new friends!

Favorite Quote
"For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time to still be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." -Alfred D. Souza