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Planning Your Career
FIRST YEAR (1-30 CREDITS)
- Visit Career Services to become familiar with the services offered.
- Explore your interests, skills, personality and values and consider how they relate to possible careers.
- Consider taking the following career assessments: Strong Interest Inventory®, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and/or StrengthsQuest™ available in Career Services.
- Explore careers using the UMD Graduate Follow-up Report, which lists what recent UMD graduates did the first year after graduating, the Career Resource Center in Career Services and What Can I Do With This Major on the Career Services website under "Deciding on a Major."
- Learn how to conduct informational interviews and begin talking with professionals in fields of interest to you.
- Join at least one student organization or club to help you explore and define your career goals and help you develop skills you can use in the future.
- Participate in volunteer opportunities that can add to your experience and skills.
- Write your resume.
- Begin building your portfolio.
- Get a job and/or do volunteer work to learn about a career that interests you.
SECOND YEAR (31-60 CREDITS)
- Continue exploring your interests, values, personality and skills.
- Meet with a career counselor in Career Services.
- Consider taking the following career assessments if you have not already done so: Strong Interest Inventory®, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and/or StrengthsQuest™ available in Career Services.
- Maintain a strong GPA.
- If required, prepare and apply for acceptance into your desired major.
- Update your resume and have it reviewed.
- Save copies of your work in your portfolio to document your knowledge and skills.
- Establish a LinkedIn account, develop your profile and have it reviewed.
- Register with GoldPASS for information on internships and full-time career opportunities.
- Enroll in UMD's "Major and Career Exploration" course to explore career options related to your interests, values, skills and personality.
- Join organizations related to your interest areas.
- Attend job fairs.
- Establish tentative educational and career goals.
- Explore potential careers through informational interviews with professionals employed in your area(s) of interest.
- Develop relationships with academic advisors, faculty and key administrators who will potentially serve as references for your applications for scholarships, internships, graduate school and full-time career opportunities.
- Begin researching employers and career opportunities in your field(s).
- If you haven't done so, declare your major by the time you complete 60 credits.
- Get a job and/or do volunteer work in an area of your interest.
- Build a good work reputation.
- Get involved in community activities.
THIRD YEAR (61-90 CREDITS)
- Complete the "Checklist for Job and Internship Search Success."
- Choose upper division electives outside of your major to enhance your qualifications.
- Take the following career assessments if you have not already done so: Strong Interest Inventory®, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and/or StrengthsQuest™ available in Career Services.
- Update your resume, LinkedIn profile and portfolio.
- Research industries, companies and internships.
- Consider enrolling in UMD's "Strategic Career Planning" course to explore your career options and learn to present yourself effectively for an internship, job or graduate school.
- Consider enrolling in UMD's "Internship Preparation" course to help you find an internship.
- Continue to maintain a strong GPA.
- Expand your own professional network through club activities, student chapters of professional organizations, family, faculty and staff. Inform people of the kind of opportunities you seek.
- Continue to interview professionals working in your field(s) of interest for information and to establish a network of contacts.
- Research graduate school possibilities, their application procedures, entrance test requirements and deadlines.
- Attend job fairs.
- Prepare to take appropriate graduate or professional school admissions tests.
- Write a cover letter and have it reviewed.
- Update your registration with GoldPASS and review internship and full-time career opportunities.
- Conduct a search for and participate in an internship or research experience.
- Practice and refine your interviewing skills.
FOURTH YEAR TO GRADUATION (90-120+ CREDITS)