There are numerous ways faculty can assist students with career development. As primary influencers of students, faculty that emphasize the importance of beginning the process early make an enormous impact. Students are often compelled to take action after a conversation with a trusted professor. Faculty may also enlist direct assistance from the Center in the form of in-class presentations or career-related assignments.
Individual Student Guidance
If students raise questions about career options in individual meetings, you may find it helpful to direct them to the general Students page. The Center strives to help students find the right starting point. Do they already have a career path in mind but need experience? Are they still discovering their interests and want to know how those might relate to a profession? This page should help them find their bearings.
Students seeking to meet employers and jump into the job search process should consult the Center’s Events Calendar to learn about upcoming career fairs and organization information sessions. For students that would benefit from a conversation with an advisor, please direct them to the Request an Appointment page.
The Center frequently responds to requests for in-class presentations on a range of career topics, including resume preparation, organizing a job search, interviewing skills, and networking basics. Some courses devote part of a class period to a site visit at the Center. Presentations may be as brief as 30 minutes or as long as an hour if you wish to include an in-class activity. You may also request a custom workshop that integrates with a theme in your course, or a short 5 to 10-minute introduction to the resources offered through the Center. To place a request contact Becky Weir, Assistant Director at email@example.com or 301.314.7243.
Add a Career Assignment
A number of courses on campus integrate career development activities into their syllabi, often as part of a graded or extra-credit assignment. For example, students may be asked to draft a resume and have it reviewed by the Center, or conduct an informational interview using the Terrapins Connect alumni advisory network. Or, you may be interested in hosting a brief talk about career paths with alumni who graduated from your degree program. Import assignments into your course space in Canvas by joining the Center’s group on Canvas Commons. To learn more about this option, contact Kelley Bishop, Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.314.7236.
Recommend a Career Course
For many students, the most effective way to make time for career development is by taking a class. PSYC 123: The Psychology of Getting Hired is a one-credit, online asynchronous course that introduces students to psychological principles involved in hiring processes. Students pace themselves through six modules that combine academic content with hands-on activities, online discussions and deliverable materials. Two in-person activities—a resume review and a mock interview—occur in the Center.
EDCP 108i: Academic Transitions to Internships is a 7-week (half-semester) course recommended for students who have never had an internship and are actively searching for one. The one-credit, online asynchronous course takes students through key exploratory and preparation activities, including understanding the components of an internship, increasing knowledge about an intended career field, developing a resume and cover letter, and identifying potential internship sites.