Thursday, January 31, 2013

Career Tips for Juniors and Seniors

 A career message for rising Juniors & Seniors

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As you prepare to enter your junior or senior year at the University of Maryland, consider the facts below.

FACTS

1. Students with internships are more likely to receive full-time job offers than their peers who didn't.*

2. Employers who recruit at Maryland say that applicants without internship experience are not competitive in today's employment market.

3. Most employers make full-time job offers during fall semester of the student’s senior year so waiting until then to have an internship may be too late.*

4. Students who utilize their campus career centers are more likely to get job offers.*

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

1. Partner with the Center to obtain internships and other experiences as early as possible.

2. Learn about career assistance appointments (schedule an appointment) and utilize The Center’s online resources.

3. Use your summer to get a head start on career-related activities, so you are prepared to make your junior and senior year as productive as possible.

NEXT STEPS
 Update your Careers4Terps account or register to take advantage of internship opportunities in your career areas of interest. Remember to set up a Search Agent and have opportunities emailed to you when they are available.

 Utilize Candid Career to explore industries and listen to professionals in your field of interest.

 Investigate Career Links on the Center's website for internship-specific sites.

 Use Resume Builder to develop targeted resumes and cover letters to support your internship search and have Center staff critique them.

 Access online the Terp Guide- Internship & Job Search (PDF file) for helpful tips on finding an internship and preparing for a job search.

 Conduct informational interviews with employers of interest to increase your network of contacts and knowledge of your interest field.

 Consider interning abroad through Maryland-in-London, Haifa, Alcala, or Shanghai programs.

 Plan to attend the Centers Fall or Spring Internship & Career Fair as well as employer networking sessions scheduled throughout the fall and spring semester.

 Schedule a Virtual Mock Interview to see how well you interview.

 Consider graduate or professional school, finding out about the application process, entrance exams and approaching faculty to request letters of recommendation.

The University Career Center & The President’s Promise is looking forward to working with you. Start your career exploration early ...because you truly can't stay in school forever.

* National Association of Colleges and Employers 2010 Student Survey