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Four-Year Career Development

We have many resources available to help you plan your career:

FRESHMAN YEAR

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.

Get Involved:

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.

SOPHOMORE 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, theater, dance, music 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.

JUNIOR YEAR

Investigate Careers:

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 and/or faculty.

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.

SENIOR YEAR

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.

Share Your Success Story!

Let us know when you secure your job or admission to graduate/professional school.

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