Planning & Exploration

Beginning to plan your career? AWESOME!

Use these tips as launching points for your journey...



First Year
Explore your skills, interests, personality, and strengths and identify/confirm your major
Begin to build your network: research career paths, job titles and industries in which you'll flourish

  Familiarize yourself with your college's Career Center resources and READ YOUR EMAIL so you have timely information about career fairs, recruiting and networking events, and workshops

  Join Handshake or IsenbergWorks (ISOM only) to gain access to internship postings

  Attend employer information sessions to learn about various careers and begin to build relationships with recruiters

  Develop good study habits and seek out support to succeed academically

  Begin building a network of support through friends, mentors, upperclassmen, staff, and faculty

  Begin your resumeattend a resume workshop

 Begin building your skills in critical thinking, problem- solving, communication, and teamwork through academic projects

 Volunteer and get involved with on-campus student organizations


Sophomore Year
Revise your resume and seek out hands-on learning opportunities

  Update your resume—add technical and soft skills that you gained over the previous semester or summer

  Schedule an online meeting with your Career Advisor to talk about your career goals

✓  Build your professional skills by attending virtual career workshops, employer events and career fairs

  Use Handshake or IsenbergWorks to identify relevant internships

  Use the Connect UMass Network to engage with UMass alumni and learn about career fields of interest

  Participate in student organizations or community service

  Consider researching internship opportunities through UMass faculty, or national programs such as the NSF REU (research experience for undergraduates) program, NEH or NEA internship programs


Junior Year
Hone your job searching and interview skills so that you can secure an internship
Continue to build your technical, professional and soft skills while staying open to opportunities

 Consider a broad range of field experience opportunities such as co-op, internship, research, civic engagement, micro-internships or career communities in order to gain hands-on experience (read more in detail here

  Use multiple resources: Your School/ College Career Center, online job boards, Connect UMass, and professional societies to gain access to workshops, fairs, networking and employer recruitment events

  Expand your professional network by creating a LinkedIn Profile

✓  Explore the UMass Career Tool Kit

  Continue to participate in student organizations- consider taking on a leadership role

  If you're considering Graduate or Professional School, meet with an Academic Advisor in your program to discuss. Set up a timeline for taking the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and for meeting all graduate school deadlines


Senior Year
Meet employers who are seeking to hire and/or complete graduate school applications

  Polish your resume. Let a Career Advisor look it over and give you feedback

✓  Attend various workshops to fill any gaps in interviewing, job-searching, cover letter writing or networking skills

  Prepare for employer information/networking events as well as career fairs by researching employers in advance and coming prepared to talk about how your background, experience, and interests match those of the employer

  Practice interviewing: schedule a mock interview with a Career Advisor or use "Big Interview"

  Follow up with companies you meet at information sessions, career fairs, or interviews. Make sure you present yourself in a professional manner—through phone conversations, email, thank-you notes, or in person.

  Update your LinkedIn Profile--consider adding a portfolio of your academic projects

  Apply for full-time positions using Handshake, IsenbergWorks and other databases and leads

  Share your after-graduation good news by filling out UMass Amherst surveys!



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