Career & Professional Development

Prepare for life after UMass.

There is so much more to finding your career path than simply applying for jobs.  To find work that is meaningful and enjoyable, it is important to engage fully in the career exploration process.  This will make you a more informed, well prepared, and desirable applicant for any position, and what you learn now will be valuable for the rest of your professional life! 

You have a wide range of resources available to you through the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the UMass Career Services office, and your academic department. Together, these resources are designed to support you wherever you are on your career planning path - whether you’re seeking an internship or starting to think about life after graduation - and to assist you in crafting a clear vision of what you want to accomplish.

Thinking about your career path can be daunting, intimidating, and exciting at the same time. The areas below are the four parts of your continuous career development cycle.  Dive right in - you are on your way!

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule career advising appointments, log in to CareerConnect with your UMass login info.  On the left side of your CareerConnect home page, locate “Calendar and Appointments” and click through “Advising Appt”.  Follow the instructions from there.

Know Yourself

Self-discovery is the first step in finding your career path.  Assessing your strengths and weaknesses, interests, values, skills and abilities will help you narrow the path of your career exploration. Reflect on your values and how they impact your decisions.

Explore Your Options

Information gathering is an important step in your career development process.  The more you know about various majors, career fields, industries and specific jobs and companies, the more confidence you will have moving toward a career path.  That confidence will allow you to find the job, internship, or volunteer opportunity that is right for you.

Develop Your Skills and Strategy

Once your have a better understanding of yourself and your options, you can begin to develop a strategy for getting from where you are to where you'd like to be.  From creating documents that will help you market your skills and attributes, to understanding and practicing your interviewing and networking skills, we can help you prepare to be a superb applicant.  Take what you've learned and develop a strategy for where you will apply and how you can best position yourself for the job or internship.

Take Action! Search for Opportunities

Now that you’ve done some exploring, experimenting and reflecting, it’s time to kick your job search into gear.  You don’t need to know exactly what you want to do at this point, but narrowing down your areas of interest will give you a great starting point.