Overview of the Career & Co-op Center
Staff members of the Career Services & Cooperative Education Center help students develop the understanding and skills needed to make informed choices throughout their careers. We firmly believe that students who use our services from the beginning of their academic experience--freshman year is not too early--will gain a competitive edge in the employment marketplace. Over time, they will learn how their particular abilities, interests and values fit into the world of work. This knowledge, along with well-developed job search tools and skills, will help UMass Lowell graduates secure enjoyable and meaningful career opportunities throughout their lifetime. Following are the services we provide.
INDIVIDUAL CAREER COUNSELING AND GUIDANCE
Students can schedule individual 50-minute career counseling appointments by calling our office. We also offer walk-in hours each week for 15-minute consultations (typically, resume and cover letter reviews). A career counselor can help with
- identifying marketable skills and areas of interest
- developing a targeted career search strategy
- completing a vocational assessment
- selecting a major
- practicing interview skills.
When a student is exploring which major to choose (or to change to), discussing results of one or more vocational assessments with a career counselor can be helpful. The Career & Co-op Center offers the following assessments free of charge:
Focus is an online vocational and career exploration program that can help students learn about career paths that match their interests, skills and life/work values.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a personality assessment tool that can help students identify work environments and career fields that may compliment their personal preferences, understand and manage job challenges, and evaluate job opportunities.
SkillScan is a "hands-on" assessment of a student's strengths and transferable skills, which is helpful in exploring career options. In addition, the assessment helps students describe those strengths as they prepare resumes and cover letters, and in job and internship interviews.
CAREER RESOURCE LIBRARY
Housed in our office at 328 Southwick Hall on UMass Lowell's North Campus, our library includes a variety of career-related books, trade journals and directories containing information on finding and preparing for internships, jobs, and graduate schools, and specific career fields. Handouts help students prepare effectively for interviews, job fairs, networking and the job search.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
Professional staff members offer interactive workshops throughout the academic year on a number of career topics, including the following:
- Resume development
- Cover letter writing
- Interview skills
- Job search strategies
- Career fair preparation
- Skill identification
Faculty members often invite career services professionals into their classes to make presentations related to their particular student group. These classroom presentations offer a great opportunity for specific major-to-career information sharing and discussion.
ONLINE CAREER RESOURCES
The Career & Co-op Center website provides access to several online career resources to serve our students' 24/7 information needs. Job search advice and links to many recruiting employers and job search engines are easily found on our site, as are online tools designed to help students fine-tune career goals and research potential occupations. Our online resource What Can I Do With This Major can be helpful to those interested in seeing how specific academic majors translate into careers. Additional services are available to students who set up a free UMass Lowell online CareerLINK account.
JOB SEARCH RESOURCES
The Career & Co-op Center provides several ways for students to connect with employers.
- Career Fairs and Events - Each semester, the Career & Co-op Center hosts job fairs and events to bring students and employers together. Before our Career Fairs, we conduct workshops with students to help them prepare to interact with recruiters and make the most of the experience.
- Job Postings on the Web - Through our online recruiting system, employers make job listings accessible to UMass Lowell students 24 hours a day. Students access these listings through their free online CareerLINK account.
- Co-ops, Internships and other Career-Related Work Experience - Listings of internship, cooperative education, and pre-professional opportunities for our students are accessible by students through their online CareerLINK account. Students interested in pursuing internships through The Washington Center (in which they work in any one of dozens of fields in private, public, and non-profit organizations in Washington, DC) can also obtain needed guidance and application materials in the Career & Co-op Center.
UMass Lowell has an online recruiting program, called CareerLINK, through which employers can post job, internship, and co-op opportunities for viewing specifically by UMass Lowell students. Through this same program, students can apply for posted opportunities by submitting resumes online. The system then allows employers to view submitted resumes and notify those students they'd like to interview. Frequently, these interviews take place on the UMass Lowell campus.
All current students have access to view jobs posted in the CareerLINK system.