Navigating Government Contracting

Government contracting, which is when companies produce goods or services under contract to the federal, state, and local government, is a big business  especially in the Washington D.C. area. UMGC alumnus Vernon Green, Jr. ’10, ’12, founder and CEO of government contractor GCubed, Inc., recently shared his insights on what it takes to be successful as an employee or entrepreneur.  

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Careers in Intelligence

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We officially changed our name from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) to University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) on July 1, 2019. News stories posted on the Career Connection blog are now using the new UMGC name. However, because the transition to the university’s new name will take several months to complete, you may still see the UMUC name, logo and look on our website and other materials through early 2020.

A career in the intelligence field does not always mean you get to ride along in a high speed car chase or stop a nuclear bomb from detonating. However, a career in intelligence can be an incredibly rewarding opportunity for people in any major and in any field.Continue Reading

The Go-Getter’s Guide to Work Life Balance

Lifestyle experts have great tips, but most don’t understand our UMUC community. We aren’t just balancing work and family. We’re balancing school and sometimes job searches. For this reason, when I sat down to right this piece, I decided to draw on the insights of three of our own. Tamar Thorne ‘07, ‘18 is a wife, mother, employee benefits representative, and recent MBA graduate. Brian Booth is a husband, father in a two career household, Vice Dean at UMUC, and a UMUC faculty member. Cathy Francois is a single mom, Assistant Director of Career Programming at UMUC, UMUC adjunct faculty, and an entrepreneur who finished her MBA while working full-time and job hunting. They’ve synthesized seven strategies to help with our juggling act.

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What’s up with the federal hiring process?

So you’re interested in being a public servant. That’s great! The federal government can be a terrific place to grow and flourish professionally. It’s also an important way to contribute to both your community and your country. But what’s the secret? And given the current climate, what are your chances of getting a federal job?Continue Reading


You’re an established professional. You have a job you enjoy. You feel like LinkedIn has done all you needed – it connected you, it showed you job openings, you saw some interesting postings. But now you’re hired so you’re thinking you don’t need to be on it regularly.

Nothing could be further from the truth! There are LOTS of reasons to keep that LinkedIn window open on your browser and to stay active. Having other employers find you and flatter you with offers is just one reason.

Your active profile promotes your organization. Don’t be selfish! Think of LinkedIn as a B2B tool. Potential clients and partners assess an organization’s worth through their personnel’s LinkedIn profiles. So imagine a potential client checking out your company’s key players to through LinkedIn, and all they see is one job title and the name of a school. That doesn’t instill confidence, in fact, quite the opposite. A full profile with articulated successes demonstrates your company’s talents and vibrancy. It also says that they were smart enough to hire you!

Being active on LinkedIn keeps you relevant! If you’re established and known in your professional community, you want to stay that way. You don’t want people thinking, “Oh yeah, didn’t s/he used to be . . . “ It’s not about promoting yourself, it’s about being a contributing member of the conversation and a thought leader. If you don’t have the bandwidth to write your own pieces, at least share and repost things of interest for your colleagues.

LinkedIn helps you keep learning. There’s a lot of clutter out there. We don’t always have time to get to conferences and some of us don’t have colleagues at our office who do what we do. Being connected to both liked-minded and different souls means they provide us with interesting though pieces and articles to help us keep current, expand our knowledge base, and access resources we might not otherwise know.

So don’t settle in or turn off. Keep connected for yourself and your organization. The time will most likely come when you’ll once again be in transition, but in the meantime, enjoy the benefits LinkedIn has for the happily employed.

Francine Blume is the Assistant Vice President for Career Services at UMUC. She is passionate about connecting the UMUC community to their dream jobs.