The BSOS Career Plan will provide you with a road map of suggested activities to help you be successful post-graduation. Start with "Assess Yourself" below and click on the links to build your action plan.

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Explore your academic interests, assess your interests, and identify engagement opportunities.

assess interest Start exploring your interests

Assessments:

assess interest Connect with employers and alumni

Learn about occupations and career fields that might be a good fit with your interests, natural abilities, personal values and overall personality characteristics and start preparing to apply for co-curricular opportunities. 

explore careers READ about career options

  • BSOS Major Exploration sheets lists career titles related to each BSOS major.
  • Use the Occupational Outlook Handbook or O*NET Online to research career titles you find interesting (use the search box for quick results).
  • Log into FOCUS2 to review “What can I do with a major” section or take an online career assessment to connect career options.
  • Read about over 100 different industries you could be working in.
  • Use Vault to download industry guides that includes tips on how to break into the field. 
  • Review career path options of UMD alumni by using LinkedIn’s Alumni tool.
  • Start reviewing job and internship openings in Careers4Terps to identify skill requirements. 
  • As you read about interesting options, make a note of all of the position titles or career paths that you find appealing.

explore careers TALK to professionals in the field

  • Now that you have a list of career options, find professionals working in those fields and request informational interviews to learn about recruiting trends, entry-level points, and special perks about the field. Not sure what to ask? Check out these sample questions.
  • Terrapins Connect- alumni have volunteered to share their career story and review resumes. It is the easiest informational interview you will ever schedule!
  • Career Panels- learn about an industry, current openings, and how to best present yourself for job and internship positions.
  • Career Shuttle- take a ride with a small group of students to visit a field/organization for half a day.
  • Career & Internship Fairs- attend to learn about and gather information on potential careers.
  • Intern For A Day- sign up to shadow a professional on your career interest list (the Career Center usually offers over 150 options).
  • Road Trips to the Real World- visit an organization for a day with a small group of students over winter break. 
  • Attend BSOS’s speaker events and your academic departments programs to meet alumni and learn about new career options. Sign up to receive email updates from their Blog.

explore careers PREPARE to gain experiences

  • Develop (or clean up) your professional online image by highlighting your accomplishments and skills on your LinkedIn profile.
  • Develop an industry specific resume for the career areas that are remaining on your career interest list and have it reviewed by a University Career Center staff member.
  • Explore co-curricular opportunities that allow you to experience a career field of interest: 
  • Update your Careers4Terps account and create a “Saved Search” to receive weekly emails with internship opportunities in your field of interest.

Engage in experiential opportunities to test your interests, network with professionals, and gain valuable skills.

gain experience Identify

Determine the type of experience that meets your needs.

  • Internships- usually a semester long commitment, 5-15 hours a week.
  • Global experiences- study abroad, for example. a semester long commitment; planning usually starts a year before departure date.
  • Research- generally a commitment of up to one year, but it can vary; on-campus or off campus opportunities.
  • Be a leader on-campus- low time commitment; join a campus club and apply for a leadership role.
  • Volunteer/Service Learning- one weekend a month to semester long commitment; varies by program; a chance to give back to the community. 
  • Part-time job- ongoing basis, paid positions; on and off campus.

gain experiences  Prepare

Make a plan so you are ready to apply for opportunities/programs.

Gain experience Connect

 Continue to explore career options by talking with professionals and alumni. There are so many options!

Start planning your next steps.

  • Identify your career interest(s) or develop a plan for exploring options
  • Choose 2-3 search strategies to implement and reserve time in your schedule to devote to each. Schedule a career consultation appointment with the University Career Center @ BSOS to assist in your planning.
  • Careers4Terps: Update your profile and create a “Saved Search” to receive weekly emails with job opportunities in your field of interest. Participate in on-campus recruiting through Careers4Terps.
  • Network with employers at information sessions, career shuttles, and fairs and stay in touch with connections you made last year.
  • Analyze your skills and the skills required by your field of interest to identify any gaps. Then explore opportunities that would enable you to gain those missing skills. Consider applying for a gap year type of experience or a one to two year fellowship.
  • Continue to research organizations of interest and interact with your target organizations prior to a position being posted.  
  • Plan for your financial future with these tips
  • Considering graduate school? Review these tips
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