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Career Decision-Making Process

Individuals can enter this model at different points of their academic career - it is not a linear process.

Assess yourself

Identify your interests, skills, values and personality.  A good grasp of these attributes allows you to consider appropriate majors, investigate potential career fields, prepare a competitive resume and effectively explain qualifications to employers.

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Explore Your Career Options

Learn all you can about occupations and career fields that might be a good fit with your interests, natural abilities, personal values and overall personality characteristics.

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Gain Experience

Internships and well-chosen part-time jobs help apply theoretical classroom learning to real-life, test career goals, gain on-the-job experience and build a network.  University of Maryland provides opportunities for integrated learning experiences through internships, research, study abroad, living-learning programs, leadership and service learning, designed to complement academic majors.

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Consider Graduate/Professional School

Graduate school involves personal and financial commitment.  Research areas of interest and possible programs to find good fits for you.  Applying involves entrance exams, personal essays, letters of recommendation and more depending on the program. 

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Search for a Job

Learn the important considerations for a knowledgeable, organized and successful search.  Polish up your resume and cover letter.  Utilize multiple top search strategies, including participating in networking opportunities to connect with employers and actively building your network.

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