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Career Planning and Exploration

I don't know what job or career I want.
What do I do?

1. Go through these next pages, try some assessments, and consider creating a plan.
2. Talk about your ideas with friends, family, faculty and advisors.
Career Services serves graduates, undergraduates and alums up to one year after graduation.
We can help you at every stage.

 First Year

We'll help you explore your skills, interests, personality, behavior and passions and then identify job titles, career paths and industries in which you'll flourish.
• Familiarize yourself with Career Services resources and website
• Volunteer and get involved with on-campus student organizations
• Get good grades (every year)

 Sophomore Year

We'll help you refine your resume and find internships so that you can test out some of your ideas.
• Familiarize yourself with Career Services resources and website
• Volunteer and get involved with on-campus student organizations
• Do an internship
• Attend Career Services workshops and fairs
• Meet with a Career Services advisor

 Junior Year

We'll help you to concentrate on how to search for internships and jobs and what interviewing skills you will need.
• Familiarize yourself with Career Services resources and website
• Volunteer and get involved with on-campus student organizations
• Do an internship or co-op
• Attend Career Services workshops and fairs
• Meet with a Career Services advisor
• Build your professional network
• Attend Career Services Networking Nights

 Senior Year

We'll give you a chance to meet employers on campus who are interviewing for full time positions.
• Familiarize yourself with Career Services resources and website
• Volunteer and get involved with on-campus student organizations
• Do an internship or co-op
• Attend Career Services workshops and fairs
• Meet with a Career Services advisor
• Build your professional network
• Attend Career Services Networking Nights
• Do a Mock Interview
• Participate in On-Campus Recruiting
• Apply for full-time positions

 Advising Resources

Career Services Advisors

Other UMass Amherst Career Offices
ISOM Chase Career Center
College of Engineering Career and Student Development Center
Stockbridge School Career Network

Undergraduate and Pre-Professional Advising
Undergraduate Advising and Learning Communities
College of Humanities and Fine Arts Advising
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advising
College of Natural Sciences Advising
Pre-Law Advising Office
Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising