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.
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:
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:
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.
The Jackson Career Explorer is an interest assessment that guides students and career seekers toward satisfying and fulfilling careers.
Housed in our offices at 450 University Crossing, 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.
Professional staff members offer interactive workshops throughout the academic year on a number of career topics, including the following:
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.
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. The 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 Handshake account.
The Career & Co-op Center provides several ways for students to connect with employers.
UMass Lowell has an online recruiting program, called Handshake, 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 Handshake system.