1. 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.
  2. Explore Yourself

    • Utilize the computerized career guidance program Focus 2 to examine your interests, skills, and values while learning about a variety of occupations/career paths.
    • 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.
  3. Explore Majors

  4. 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.
    • You can also visit Candid Career for more resource videos.
    • 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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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 events.
    • 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.
  3. Prepare for Graduate School

    • Research graduate school and meet with faculty to discuss your academic choices.
    • Look into the application process.
    • Create a timeline.


  1. 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.
  2. Graduate School Application Process

    • Check out the graduate school guide.
    • Take graduate school tests.
    • Fill out your graduate school application.
    • Write personal statements.