Employers are interested in any experience that allows you to develop transferable skills that will be relevant in the workplace. The following sections highlight ways you can gain valuable experience:
Internships, Co-ops, and Research
Pursuing internships, co-ops or research opportunities is an excellent way to explore careers, draw the connection between academic coursework and the workplace, and build your resume.
Volunteer and Service-Learning
On-Campus Jobs & PRAC 102
There are a number of opportunities to work on-campus. The Campus Jobs Fair is held during the first week of classes in the fall. Many on-campus jobs are also posted on Handshake. Additional opportunities can sometimes be found on departmental websites.
For students pursuing on-campus employment, consider enrolling in PRAC 102: Building Skills for Career Success. PRAC 102 is a zero-credit, pass-fail course that is recorded on the student’s transcript to provide a record of the student’s participation in UMBC-sanctioned professional skills development. The course helps students to recognize the transferable skills they are developing in their on-campus jobs and to become more reflective learners and workers.
Learn more about how to enroll for PRAC102 along with reviewing the syllabus HERE.
Part-time, Temporary, and Seasonal Jobs
Hundreds of part-time jobs are advertised on Handshake to help with college costs and to build your resume.
Professional and Academic Organizations
Consider getting involved with one of the many clubs and organizations at UMBC. Many of these clubs bring in guest speakers and provide networking opportunities with companies. Talking to professionals is a great way to consider options and explore various horizons.
Personal Projects and Entrepreneurship
Did you make a short film, start a small business, build an app, or write a popular blog? If a personal project is professionally relevant, it can develop your skills and boost your appeal to employers. Be sure to include this information on your resume, and check out these tips for developing an portfolio to better present your achievements.
Discover Your Options