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Self & Career Exploration


Identifying your skills, interests & values

Whether you are thinking about choosing a major, a career field or a graduate school, it all begins with you and who you are. Beginning to explore your options early in your university career is a good idea so that you are following a path that is sure to be utilizing your dependable strengths --- those that you do well and enjoy using. Working within your areas of strength insures greater success and satisfaction! Since the average person will change jobs and careers numerous times within one's life, knowing this information gives you true job security as you move about creating new opportunities for yourself.


FOCUS 2: Career and Education Planning System

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An Internet based self assessment tool designed to provide users with personalized career and education exploration and planning services. FOCUS 2 utilizes self assessment by allowing users to develop an accurate picture of their interests, work values, personality, skills, educational and leisure time preferences.


FOCUS 2, in conjunction with career advisement provided by the CSC staff, can help you clarify your career path and get you headed in the right direction.


Woofound Compass

Get to know yourself with Woofound’s fun visual personality assessment, Compass. Gain insight into what makes you unique while obtaining several potential career recommendations.  For more information about the program, check out the Video.


Career Path

Career Path is a UMBC website devoted to helping you find your path from UMBC major, what classes to take, to what career options are out there. See suggested classes, sample resumes from UMBC alumni in each major, and videos spotlighting alumni in various majors.


What Can I Do With My Major

Take a look at some sample careers within various industries where you could utilize a degree from UMBC.


Vault Career Insider

The Career Insider portal powered by Vault is a comprehensive career resource aimed at college students featuring Vault's best-selling career and industry books, videos, blogs, news and more. Also included is exclusive insider information on more than 5000 companies, salary information, plus career advice articles and message boards. It is an essential tool for learning about companies, careers, and ultimately landing that dream job. Login with your myUMBC account to verify you are affiliated with UMBC and then create a Career Insider account. Once you create an account you can bookmark/favorite the Career Insider login page for future use.


Dependable Strengths

Answer the questions on our Career Planning and Strengths Assessment page and then make an appointment with a career specialist at 410-455-2216 to begin exploring your pattern of strengths.

If you are a recent graduate or alumna/us, you may be interested in attending an in-depth, 2-day workshop on assessing your Dependable Strengths. Read on . . .


Professional Network: UMBC Mentoring Program

The UMBC Professional Network program connects its network of active alumni and employer volunteers to UMBC current students (and alumni who use UMBCworks to support their job search) in support of their career exploration and academic development. Through your UMBCworks account, you can view a list of all mentors (UMBC alumni and employers) who have volunteered to be part of the Professional Network. Read on . . .


Academic and Departmental Clubs

Consider getting involved with one of the many clubs and organizations at UMBC. Many of these clubs bring in guest speakers and provide networking opportunities with companies. Talking to professionals is a great way to consider options and explore various horizons.


Career Publications, Videos and Articles

Check these lists of books, articles and careers on video websites:


The O*NET system serves as the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.


Additional links

  Princeton Review Career Quiz
  Keirsy Temperment Sorter II
  Career Key
  Online Career Assessments Review
  Step-by-step Career Worksheet
  Career Exploration Tools & Resources
  Job Hunter's Bible
  America's Career InfoNet
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