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Explore career options and ways to gain experience.

Look at the questions below followed by resources that will help you answer them.

Explore Career Options

What careers seem like a good fit with your interests, skills and work style? What are potential careers that connect with your studies?

  • Research careers by using the “Occupation Quick Search” feature of O*NET .
  • Keep things organized by using the Career Exploration Worksheet for each career that you would like to look into.
  • Log into the Massachusetts Career Information System (MassCIS), to find Massachusetts-specific occupational and educational information .
  • Talk to people (also called an informational interview) who work in a field that you like to find out more about the job, day-to-day tasks, required skills, abilities and personality traits. Be sure to send a “thank you” letter to the person afterwards, and consider connecting with them on LinkedIn.
  • Job-shadow one or two people working in fields that interest you.

Explore Ways to Gain Experience

What experiences might help you evaluate a career interest? Where can you develop skills in and outside the classroom?

  • Join a club, organization, or activity to learn more about yourself and your interests in a hands-on way.
  • Consider looking into these other options for gaining experience:
  • Immersive Scholars- Merit-based awards that allow selected freshmen to work on research on campus or out in the community
  • On-Campus Positions- On-campus/Departmental student positions mostly funded through Financial Aid
  • DifferenceMaker- Campus-wide program that engages UML students in creative problem-solving, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Jumpstart- AmeriCorps-sponsored program based at UMass Lowell where students work with underserved preschoolers
  • UTeach- Experiences available for future teachers in STEM-related fields
  • Part-time Work – Pursue any part-time job opportunity which will allow you to build some career-related skills
  • Volunteer Work- An unpaid opportunity to get involved in a field of interest
  • Meet with your faculty adviser to discuss credit-bearing experiential learning opportunities such as
  • Internships - An opportunity (either paid or unpaid) to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Community Internships - Paid opportunities for real-world experience in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Also, consider:

  • The Washington Center (Internships) - Opportunities to intern with organizations in Washington, D.C.
  • Study Abroad Internships - Hands-on internship opportunities around the globe
  • Virtual Student Federal Service Internship Program- 1500 internship opportunities with over 50 federal agencies (Applications available and due during the month of July every year)
  • Professional Co-op - Offered through the Career & Co-op Center; for eligible students in Engineering, Sciences or Business majors

ProTips

  • Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your unique situation, and to begin mapping out a career development plan that makes sense for you.
  • Attend events such as Career Corner Workshops (Topics include Resumes, Job Search, Interviews and LinkedIn), Co-op Info session, Engagement Fair.