Contrary to popular belief, academic major does not equal career.  The combination of your UMD education and out-of-class experiences can help you develop the knowledge and skills necessary for many career paths.  Below are helpful resources to get you started.

Are you trying to decide on a major?

Check out the Letters and Sciences Major Guides to learn about key features, career options and four-year academic plans for a variety of majors at UMD.

FOCUS 2 is a free career assessment tool accessed through Careers4Terps that gives you a complete picture of your interests, values, personality and skills and then line up your results with occupations and career paths that match your personal characteristics.   Check out this guide on how to access FOCUS 2.

Have you decided on your major, but need tools to help you explore careers?

There are many ways to research career fields, and there are a few key resources that can help.

Occupational Outlook Handbook is powered by the U.S. Department of Labor and can help you find career information on duties, education and training requirements, pay and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

O*NET ONLINE helps you search specific job titles or search the system based on careers that have a bright outlook (lots of future job openings!) or jobs that match a certain skill set you want to use in the workforce.

Want to talk to UMD alums and other professionals about careers?

Before setting up a meeting with an alum, check out this tip sheet on informational interviews! 

Terrapins Connect is a database of UMD alumni that want current students to reach out to them for informational interviews to learn more about their chosen profession.  This is a great resource to access engaged alumni!

LinkedIn has a database of UMD alumni with profiles listed in the system.  Check out this video on how to best search for relevant alums for your career exploration.

Candid Career through Careers4Terps contains videos of UMD alumni discussing their work: what they love about their job, challenges in their line of work, how to prepare for that career field, and more.

Intern for a Day is a one-day job shadow program for you to connect with alumni and other professionals in a field you’re thinking about pursuing.  The purpose of this program is to provide students with valuable career exposure needed to help you make an informed decision on your next steps professionally.

Check our event calendar for relevant career panels, fairs, employer information sessions, and career shuttles to help you explore and engage further!

Candid Career Informational Interviews with Professionals