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Supporting Your Student


The Career Center offers tips on how to effectively support your student. You'll also find more information about career development timelines, campus career-related support services, and resources available to job searching students.


How to Support Your Student


One of the best ways to support your student is to let them progress with their personal career development in their own way. Too much pressure, or demands to proceed in a certain direction, may have unintended consequences. While it's appropriate to set expectations (especially if you're footing the bill), students need to determine the specifics of their own goals. Encourage your student to follow their dreams (even if they don't initially appear "sensible"). What looks like indecision can be viewed as a chance for your student to explore and grow.


And there's nothing wrong with encouragement and sharing information. As you discover resources on these pages that you think would be of assistance to your student, you may want to drop a well-timed hint or send a quick email with a link to what you feel is relevant to your student's situation. You may also want to start now to connect your student to people you know in his/her chosen field for informational interviews and networking purposes. Sharing your personal stories of career decision-making and job hunting can provide perspective. Don't hesitate to ask your student how you can help.


Encouragement from you regarding keeping grades up; developing relationships with faculty/advisors; utilizing campus resources (like the Career Services Center and UMBCworks!); getting experience in his/her field via a part-time job, internship or volunteering; planning early; and getting involved outside of the classroom to develop all-important transferable skills is important.


Finally: listen, be patient, and try not to worry!


Your Student's Career Development


Whether they're still searching for a major, figuring out what they're "going to do" with their degree, looking to get experience while they're in school, or working on perfecting their resume; each student's personal career development takes place in a slightly different way and on their own individual time table. But each student should ideally start sooner rather than later with the process of exploring who they are, discovering possible career matches, and developing and then implementing a plan that will allow them to obtain their end goals.


Career Development Timeline:

This Checklist is a tool that can assist students in identifying what they should be doing and when to ensure their career development is on track. It breaks down the college career into manageable goals and timeframes.


Individual Appointments:

Students also have the option of making one-on-one appointments with a Career Specialist to receive individualized assistance wherever they are in the career decision-making and implementation processes.


Online Self-Assessment/Career Research:

FOCUS 2   is an information rich, online, career and self-exploration tool that allows students to learn more about themselves and careers they're considering pursuing.
Vault Career Insider   offers detailed information on industries and career tracks, as well as employers within those industries.


Additional online and hard copy resources:

Follow the links in the main menu above for services/resources specific to your student's year in school or go directly to some of the resources listed below.

Resumes, Cover Letters & Interviewing

Looking for the latest in resume advice? Want tips on how to write a really effective cover letter? Searching for suggestions on how to best prepare for the all-important interview? Whether this information is for your job seeking student or your own personal employment search, we offer readily available resources, tips, and advice. Follow the links in the Students section of our website for services/resources specific to your student's needs and/or year in school.


Career Guide: If you'd like to assist your student with their resume or even just update your own, you'll find great information and examples on all aspects of the job search in the Career Center's annually updated Career Guide.


Online Workshops: Career Center's online workshops provide another resource for brushing up on these all important career skill areas.


Individual Appointments: Students can also obtain one-on-one assistance with a Career Specialist via appointments or 15-minute drop-in visits.


Research Tools

Learn more about career options, industries, and salaries for all of UMBC's majors.

Funding Your Student's Education


Information on grants, loans, work-study and scholarships is available via UMBC's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.




Via the following services, the Career Center assists students in finding jobs while they are in school, as well as connecting them to full-time career opportunities once graduation nears:


A free, online system that allows students to view part-time and seasonal jobs (on- and off-campus), internships (via The Shriver Center), and full-time employment opportunities. UMBCworks also allows students to post their resumes and see an up-to-date calendar of career-related activities.


Job Fairs and Networking Events
We host a series of job and career fairs, as well as industry-focused networking events, throughout the academic year, including, among others, a large fall Career Fair, a Summer & Part-Time Job/Internship Fair, and a Campus Jobs Fair. Click here for a list of upcoming events.


On-Campus Interviews
Each fall and spring, UMBC brings local and national companies to UMBC to interview graduating students for full-time, career-related positions. In the recent past, organizations like GE, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, U.S. Census, Microsoft, IBM, Constellation Energy, Kennedy Krieger Institute, NSA, Deloitte, and many others have recruited UMBC's students.


Employer Campus Visits
Throughout fall and spring, employers visit campus to spread the word about their organizations and jobs. Through scheduled information sessions, information tables, and Corporate Visibility Days, students have the opportunity to connect with hiring institutions and to learn more about their career opportunities.

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