CAREER CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Explore Career Services
- Come over to the Career Services Center to meet the director Kevin Allan who will help you to utilize the centers great resources.
- Participate in the Career Services Certificate Program (coming soon!).
- Visit the student career roadmap.
- Utilize the computerized career guidance program Focus 2 to examine your interests, skills, and values while learning about a variety of occupations/career
- Take a career interests assessment (Strong Interests Inventory or Myers Briggs Type
Indicator) offered at the Career Services Center.
- Join campus organizations - They will enable you to form friendships with a wide range of people and help you
discover interests, skills, and strengths.
Explore the World of Work
- Visit the career resource library to learn more about the world of work including qualifications, job market trends,
and salaries for various occupations.
- Interview people who are employed in professions or jobs that interest you.
- Research the world of work including qualifications, job duties, market trends and
salaries for various occupations at Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*NET.
- Check out the career fairs on campus to see what businesses may have opportunities for UMary students.
Prepare to be Professional
- Learn to properly network and why it is important.
- Visit Career Services to help you create a professional resume at Resumania or use
career services 48hr. Resume Review.
- Participate in practice interviews and go to the Mock Interview Day on campus.
- Register at Handshake.
- Start building your career portfolio.
- Create professional profiles online such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. so that
your online presence reflects how you want employers to see you.
Prepare for Your Career
- Choose/declare a major and apply to be admitted into that major if necessary.
- Visit career services to get helpful resources on applying for a job.
- Job shadow
- Look into potential employers and see if they match your interests, values and skills.
- Talk with employers about your abilities and skills at a career fair or networking
- Continue networking through LinkedIn, and or attending networking events on campus
to get a good professional network.
- Take on leadership roles.
- Talk to your advisor on getting an internship or volunteer experience in your career
field that's related to your professional goals.
Prepare for Graduate School
- Research graduate school and meet with faculty to discuss your academic choices.
- Look into the application process.
- Create a timeline.
Embark onto the World of Work
- Visit career services to learn about the job search timeline.
- Apply for jobs.
- Research the employers and industries that you are interested in working for.
- Develop your elevator pitch.
- Do a mock interview and review the interview tips.
- Attend employer on-campus interviews.
- Start using your network to connect with professionals through networking events on
campus and LinkedIn to help you find potential jobs.
- Update resume and have career services 48 Hr. Resume Review look it over.
- Learn how to write good cover letters, or personal statements.
- Go to career fairs.
- Attend info sessions relevant to your career field
- Develop business cards to market yourself to potential employers.
- Obtain information and learn how to effectively negotiate job offers.
Graduate School Application Process
- Check out the graduate school guide.
- Take graduate school tests.
- Fill out your graduate school application.
- Write personal statements.