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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

University Career Center & the President's Promise (UCC/TPP)

3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing
www.Careers.umd.edu; www.PresidentsPromise.umd.edu

Refer to our website at www.Careers.umd.edu for current hours of operation and hours of career assistance.




The University Career Center & The President's Promise is a transformational leader in helping students make meaning of their academic and cocurricular educational experiences and prepare for competitive and prestigious career opportunities. It serves as a world-class career services and experiential learning center that teaches individuals to understand and use the career development process as they seek local, national and global employment opportunities. Through collaborative and innovative programs and services, the center empowers students to become contributing members of society. The center staff implements the field’s best practices and utilizes technology to prepare students to make enduring career decisions. In addition, the center staff offers the tools and insights that help shape meaningful academic, internship and employment experiences and serves as a critical resource in assisting students to achieve their career goals.

The President's Promise helps undergraduate students to navigate all of the cocurricular options available so that the best opportunities are selected to complement each student's academic pursuits. Examples of these enriching opportunities include internships, academic research, international experiences, living and learning programs, leadership and community service-learning.

The center promotes a culture of learning by challenging students to think critically, to reflect, to integrate knowledge and to articulate their skills, talents and competencies. The center upholds the University of Maryland’s desire to develop students as agents of change by focusing on the holistic development of engaged and reflective students as future professionals.

Resources Include:

Career Assistance
Center staff can help students:

  • address educational and career decisions
  • identify useful resources
  • take advantage of internships, full-time, part-time and summer employment opportunities
  • improve resume and cover letters
  • sharpen job search skills and strategies
  • plan for graduate and professional school

Career Courses
EDCP108J: Job Search Strategies
This 1-credit course for students with junior or senior standing teaches strategies for landing internships or full-time employment and how to be successful in your career.

UNIV099: Internship Seminar
This 0-credit seminar for graduate or undergraduate students connects classroom theory to your internship and notates your internship experience on your transcript.

Careers4Terps (Virtual Career Center 24.7.365)
For free access to a variety of career tools and opportunities including a comprehensive listing of employment opportunities, we recommend every student register for Careers4Terps on the Center's website. Once registered, you can participate in on-campus interviews, make your resume visible to employers and learn about upcoming events and career news through our weekly e-newsletter.

You will also gain access to the following web resources:

  • Online Appointment Scheduling is a simple way to set up appointments with center staff to discuss career-related concerns while identifying appropriate center resources, programs and services.
  • Resume Builder is an easy to use tool that helps users build a competitive resume and write effective cover letters by highlighting skills and qualifications sought by employers.
  • Where Did UMD Graduates Go? This tool is based on UMD Graduation Survey data compiled twice a year. Students can filter through information to see what graduates have done with their degrees.
  • FOCUS2 allows users to assess career interests, values, personality, skills and leisure activities and then uses occupational data to identify and analyze occupations and career paths that match your personal characteristics.
  • InterviewStream allows users to virtually conduct a mock interview. Through use of an interactive program, sessions are digitally recorded and can be sent to career advisors and others for review.
  • Going Global is an international resource that includes specific career information for over 30 countries, world-wide position openings, and industry profiles as well as resources for international students in the U.S.
  • Candid Career provides access to hundreds of informational video interviews with real industry leaders (including some UMD alumni). It also includes career advice videos to get users started with their job search.

Career & Employment Resource Room
This collection of resources helps students learn about cocurricular opportunities and career planning/job search strategies. Most of the books in the Resource Room are available for circulation to UMD students. Topic areas include:

  • self-assessment/career exploration
  • internship resources
  • The President's Promise opportunities
  • job search tools
  • information on employers
  • international resources
  • graduate/professional schools

On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) Program
OCI is an opportunity for employers and students to connect about full-time and internship opportunities during interviews held in the Center. The program attracts hundreds of employers each year.
Learn more at www.Careers.umd.edu/OCIProgram.

Terp Guide: Internship & Job Search Booklet
This is a free booklet for learning the career planning process and conducting a successful job search. Contents include resume writing guides, successful interviewing techniques and job search tips. Available at the University Career Center & The President's Promise and online at www.Careers.umd.edu/TerpGuide.

The President's Promise
The President's Promise gives undergraduate students an integrated learning experience that enhances career readiness. Students may find opportunities in programs such as living and learning programs, research experiences, public and private sector internships, learning communities, international experiences, service-learning experiences and opportunities for leadership.

Networking Events & Workshops
Programs connecting students with alumni and employers are held throughout the academic year. Workshops and events include:

  • internship strategies
  • resume and cover letter writing
  • career & internship fairs
  • networking opportunities
  • career and employment panels
  • employer information and networking sessions
  • webinars
  • resume and mock interview clinics

For a complete listing, go to www.Careers.umd.edu/Events.

Web Resources
Read articles about career planning, job hunting and employment trends; keep up to date about new programs, services and events and use our Career Links to access other job and career sites.

Learn more about the opportunities available at the University of Maryland that complement academic pursuits and bring classroom knowledge to life.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube @UMDCareerCenter!

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