Four-Year Career Development
We have many resources available to help you plan your career:
Explore your Academic and Career Interests:
Learn about all the different majors
UM offers. Make an appointment with a Career Counselor or talk to professors, advisors, and other students about majors that interest you. Start looking at which general education
classes are required to graduate. Take a variety of courses. Research different careers with the help of Career Resources, as well as other links
on this site.
Learn About Yourself:
Take career-related assessments
that interpret your interests, skills and personality. These can help you determine which careers or majors will be ideal for you.
Be Proactive & Know Your Options:
Learn how to register
for classes using Cyberbear, how to join the Four Bear Program
and where you can find tutors
. Visit the Office for Student Success
for more comprehensive information about transitioning to college, remaining enrolled and graduating on time.
Through involvement in campus organizations and volunteerism, you can develop your leadership and communication skills and learn about working as a team, planning projects, delegating, promoting special events and meeting deadlines. Join one of the many student groups
on campus or visit the Office for Civic Engagement
to get involved. Attend the Student Employment and Academic Enrichment Fair
held the first week of Fall semester. Also, don’t forget to attend class and participate!
Secure a Summer Job:
Start looking early. The Griz-eRecruiting
online student job posting website is a great place to look for student jobs! Develop a resume
to update each year.
Solidify Your Academic Plan:
Choose your major. Build a respectable GPA. Need help with studying? How about writing skills? The Office for Student Success
and the Writing Center
can help! Begin learning about valuable scholarships and fellowships
for undergraduate and graduate work.
Broaden Your Cultural Perspective:
In today’s global economy, respect for diversity and understanding of multiculturalism are highly valued by employers. Continue to develop foreign language skills. Start searching for study abroad
options. Attend art exhibits
and multicultural events.
Continue Skill Development:
Take on leadership roles in campus activities or group projects; this can help you develop oral and written communication skills. Have your resume critiqued by Career Services and attend workshops
about interviewing, etiquette and networking. Use Griz eRecruiting
to search for jobs, either work-study or non-work study as well as on-or off-campus.
Explore Career Goals Through Internships:
Talk to Internship Services for help finding relevant and interesting internships and researching organizations and companies that offer internships
. Apply early — application deadlines are final, and spring up sooner than you think. Summer jobs, volunteer work
and career fairs
also help you explore career options.
Attend career fairs to talk to employers about position requirements and opportunities. Attend events
offered by Career Services to help you explore careers.
Develop Potential Relationships:
Build relationships with staff, faculty and supervisors. Use networking and leadership positions to cultivate references.
Research Graduate/Professional Schools:
Junior year is the time to decide if you want to attend grad school
immediately after you leave UM. Research schools, application deadlines and programs that interest you. Get help writing your personal statement from Career Services, the Writing Center
Complete Career-Related Internships/Service Hours:
Internships and volunteer work provide marketable experience and help you investigate careers. Request a reference letter from supervisors before you leave. Both paid and unpaid positions teach you valuable skills. Use our Griz eRecruiting
online job posting website to look for both.
Develop Job –Or graduate school—Search Strategies:
Attend Career Services’ skill-building programs and practice interviewing through a mock interview
. Meet with Career Services to fine-tune your resume.
Conduct Your Job Search:
Develop list of possible employers using the Internet, career fairs, Career Services’ Resource Center and networking. Send targeted cover letters and resumes, which also can be done through Griz eRecruiting
Apply for Graduate/Professional School:
Finish researching programs. Use Testing Services
to take entrance exams and send scores to programs that interest you. Complete and submit all application materials as early in the cycle as possible (usually December/January) to gain greater consideration for admission and funding by schools.
Let us know when you secure your job or admission to graduate/professional school.
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