The staff 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 (the first year in college 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.
Career Resource Library - 450 University Crossing: A variety of career-related books, trade journals and directories are available in our office. Videos and handouts in the office help students prepare effectively for interviews, job fairs, applying to grad school, networking and the job search.
Vocational Assessments are instruments used to help individuals clarify and learn about their interests, skills and life/work values and how they might relate to the world of work. We offer the Jackson Career Explorer and SkillScan. To find out whether one of these assessments could help you, we recommend you make an appointment with one of our career counselors.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a personality preference assessment tool that may help you identify work environments that would compliment your personality.
Career Development Workshops: Professional staff members offer interactive workshops throughout the academic year. These sessions are marketed throughout campus and via the Career & Co-op Center website. Workshop schedules often include the following:
Career Guidance: Individual appointments typically are scheduled for 50 minutes. Walk-in hours also are offered each week for quick (15 minute) consultations and resume reviews. A career counselor can help with:
Online Career Resources: Job search advice and links to many recruiting employers and job search engines are easily found on our website. In addition, our site offers several online tools designed to help you fine-tune your career goals and research potential occupations. Additional services are available to students through their online Handshake account. All current students have a Handshake account. If you need assistance accessing Handshake, please call us at 978-934-2355.
Job Search Resources: This series of job identification services is designed to connect students and employers. They include:
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.
Students apply for opportunities posted in Handshake in one of several ways:
In this case, students must first upload their resumes (and any other required documents) to Handshake, then follow the system's directions for forwarding their selected resume to the recruiter. 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.
The Career & Co-op Center reviews resumes and other documents uploaded into Handshake, and will either approve them for use in the on-campus recruiting system, or provide instructions for revising the resume. This process can take a couple of days, particularly during busy periods during the semester. If you need this review and approval process to take place more quickly (e.g., to meet a fast-approaching application deadline), please contact us at 978-934-2355 so we can expedite the process.