Inside Look at Careers in Public Safety Leadership featuring Rebecca Himes

May is Public Safety month at University of Maryland University College’s (UMUC) Office of Career Services. Throughout the month, we are highlighting the University’s public safety experts to examine career and industry trends, and provide students and alumni a chance to learn about different career paths within this industry.Continue Reading

May Career Events to Help You Soar!

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Don’t miss several opportunities this month to attend events that can enhance your professional journey! May’s career services events include Career Week, an entire week of events to prepare you for the job search. Also, learn about career opportunities in Public Safety, and hear from recruiters at FEMA, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Maryland Dept. of Public Safety & Corrections, and Inter-Con Security during the May 25th Recruiter Session – offered both online and in-person – who are looking to hiring UMUC students and alumni across multiple majors.

These events and webinars can help you obtain the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to boost your career. Check out the details for each event below, and use the links provided to register!

Industry-specific:

Vault Webinar: Entry Level Jobs in Public Safety – Click to Register
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Location: Online, 7-8 p.m. eastern time

Webinar: Trends Changing the Future of Public Safety – Click to Register
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Location: Online, 7-8 p.m. eastern time

UMUC Career Week:

Webinar: I’ve Got My Diploma, Now What? – Click to Register
Monday, May 23, 2016
Location: Online, 12-1 p.m. eastern time

Webinar: How to Effectively Market Yourself on a Resume – Click to Register
Monday, May 23, 2016
Location: Online, 7-8 p.m. eastern time

Webinar: A Survival Guide to In-Person Networking – Click to Register
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Location: Online, 12-1 p.m. eastern time

Webinar: Building Your Brand Through Social Media – Click to Register
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Location: Online, 7-8 p.m. eastern time

Webinar: 15 Things Not to Say or Do in an Interview – Click to Register
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Location: Online, 12-1 p.m. eastern time

Recruiter Session: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Maryland Dept. of Public Safety & Corrections, FEMA, and Inter-Con Security – Click to Register
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Location: UMUC Academic Center in Largo and Online, 6:30 p.m. eastern time
To view online, click here

Webinar: Career Transitions: Getting Experience in Your New Field – Click to Register
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Location: Online, 9-10 a.m. eastern time

Webinar: Battlefield-to-Boardroom: Ideal Civilian Resume – Click to Register
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Location: Online, 12-1 p.m. eastern time

Vault Webinar: The Importance of Researching Industries & Employers – Click to Register
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Location: Online, 7-8 p.m. eastern time

Recruiter Session Featuring The Walt Disney Company, ICF International and StateFarm

On April 21, UMUC’s Career Services team hosted more than 150 attendees during a Recruiter Session that included The Walt Disney Company, ICF International and State Farm at the UMUC Academic Center in Largo and online. The purpose of the event was to inform students and alumni of the various career opportunities within each organization. Each recruiter discussed the various career opportunities at each of their organizations including full-time employment and internship opportunities across a variety of industries to cybersecurity, business, communications, and more.Continue Reading

April 15: Happy Microvolunteering Day!

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How long does it take to volunteer?  Some might say an entire day.  Others might suggest a few hours.  I would argue that many tasks to make the world a slightly better place can be completed in a matter of minutes.  This is the idea behind “microvolunteering.”  Popularized in 2008, microvolunteering is a concept that aims to match people with a few spare minutes of time to short-term volunteer projects many of which can be completed virtually.

The benefits of volunteering are numerous.  Not only can you help a cause about which you are passionate, but you also can add this experience to your resume.  In a study of hiring managers conducted by LinkedIn, 41 percent said they considered volunteer work equally as valuable as paid work experience.  In fact, a 2013 study by the Corporation for National and Community Service tracked more than 70,000 jobless people between 2002 and 2012.  Those that had volunteered had a 27 percent better chance of finding a job.

Many UMUC students and alumni are balancing many priorities including work, school, and family obligations.  As a result, traditional community service projects that take a significant amount of time may not be feasible in an already busy schedule.  The wonderful thing about microvolunteering is that it does not require a huge time commitment.  As this video demonstrates, it only takes a few minutes to translate something for a blind person or write an encouraging letter to a sick child.

How do you find these opportunities?  Numerous sites have been created including:

  • Help from Home: This site features over 800 causes that you can complete from home or in person in 30 minutes or less. These “Actions” are sorted based on the topics that interest you and the amount of time you have.
  • Skills for Change: Complete a short questionnaire about those causes that are important to you, the skills you possess, and the amount of time you have, and you will be matched with microvolunteering options.
  • Microvolunteering Day: April 15 has been designated as “Microvolunteering Day.” The website for this event features over 200 microvolunteering options that take 1-30 minutes and can be completed virtually. You can also use various social media sites to share how you volunteered on Microvolunteering Day and to learn about others experiences.  You can find a list of ways you can participate and additional microvolunteering sites available here.

So now that you know about Microvolunteering Day, mark April 15 on your calendar and join this larger movement of spending a few spare minutes in your day, and help someone out by microvolunteering.  And if you do, please tell us about your experience by replying to this article.  We’d love to hear about it!

Kristin Schrader is the assistant director of InternPlus at University of Maryland University College.  She has a background in human resources and has worked in career services at four universities.  Most recently, she was the Lead Trainer in Europe for the U.S. Department of Labor Employment Workshop teaching transitioning service members about the civilian job search.  She is passionate about helping others obtain their professional goals.

 

Everything You Need to Succeed at the Career Fair

Career fairs are a wonderful opportunity for you to meet recruiters and learn more about potential employment opportunities. To ensure career fair success, attendees will need to put their best foot forward and prepare in advance. To help students and alumni prepare for the 2016 UMUC Spring Career Fair being held both in-person and online on March 10, here  are a few tips to help you prepare and give you the confidence you need to find your next career opportunity.Continue Reading

Careers in Education for All Majors

U.S. Department of Education, Howard County Public Schools, and UMUC provide career seekers information of employment opportunities for various positions

February 12, 2016 · by Darren Cox

On February 11, UMUC’s Career Services team hosted more than 40 attendees at an Information Session that included the U.S. Department of Education, Howard County Public School System, and University of Maryland University College (UMUC) at the University’s Academic Center in Largo and online. The purpose of the event was to inform students and alumni of the various career opportunities within the education industry. Recruiters discussed the various career opportunities at each organization to include IT, teaching, communications, and other fields.Continue Reading

Is Teaching the Right Career for You?

2-11-2016 4-32-19 PMTeachers are a valuable asset to our community and serve as an inspiration to many of us throughout our lives. This may be the reason some industry professionals are attracted to the rewarding career of teaching. However, not everyone is built for teaching in today’s classroom. Here are some things consider to determine if a teaching career is right for you.

Do you possess the qualities of a great teacher? You do not have to be athletic to become a teacher. However, teaching does require physical stamina especially if you are interested in teaching elementary education to manage a classroom full of energetic children. Managing a classroom also requires a high level of patience and communications skills to not only relate to students, but to relate to adults including parents and administrators. Many public schools have limited resources so creativity may be necessary to develop lesson plans to accommodate various learning styles and engage students.

Do you have experience? Volunteer opportunities to work with children are plentiful. I recommend contacting a local school or non-profit for information on the process. Also, think about your skill sets to determine how you translate your experience to hiring managers. Be prepared for a background check.

Do you have the right degree? Most schools require teachers to have a bachelor’s degree in education or in the subject matter that they would like to teach in such as mathematics or science. However, there are alternative programs to assist transitioning professionals who possess a bachelors’ degree in other areas with gaining the training they need to become effective licensed teachers. I recommend researching alternative pathway programs in the counties where you would like to teach.

To learn more about how to enter the teaching profession as a non-education major, click here to listen to the webinar that we recently hosted, and click here for a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.

Cathy Francois is a Career Advising Specialist at University of Maryland University College and a certified Global Career Development Facilitator. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Kaplan University. Cathy’s career began in advertising sales and customer service, after which she transitioned into higher education, working as an admissions advisor. She also served in academic advising and career services for over five years. Cathy has a passion for helping people succeed and uses her diverse experience and interpersonal skills to bring a personalized approach to career advising.

 

February Career Events to Help You Prepare

shutterstock_323969918This month’s career services events center around leadership, preparing for the upcoming career fair, and education opportunities for non-education majors. Take advantage of several opportunities this month to explore a variety of ways to enhance your professional journey. These events and webinars can help you obtain the information, skills, and confidence you need to take your career to the next level. Check out the details for each event below, and use the links provided to register!

Webinar: Teaching Careers for Non-education Majors
Date: Tuesday, February 9 | 7:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Register here: http://bit.ly/1PhoP1F

Employer Information Session: Careers in the Education Industry
Date: Thursday, February 11 | 6:30 p.m. EST
Location: The Academic Center at Largo & Online
Register here to attend in person: http://bit.ly/1JYeAmb
Register here to attend online: http://bit.ly/1SGGbt8

Webinar: Teaching Careers for Non-education Majors
Date: Thursday, February 18 | 7:30 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Register here: http://bit.ly/1St1tMG

Webinar: Leadership for Today’s Workforce
Date: Monday, February 22 | 7:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Register here: http://bit.ly/20qjAXS

Webinar: Career Fair Prep: Get Your Resume Ready
Date: Tuesday, February 23  | 7:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Register here: http://bit.ly/1KXqFms

Webinar: Essential Tools to Elevate Your Job Search
Date: Thursday, February 25  | 7:30 a.m. EST
Location: Online
Register here: http://bit.ly/1nGKPMa

If you have any questions about these career events, please call your UMUC Career Services office at 240-684-2720 or careerservices@umuc.edu.

 

A Little Thanks Goes a Long Way

The importance of sending a post-interview thank you note

You made a killer impression at a recruitment event or you nailed a job interview.  Now what – send a thank you note, of course!  It is a simple thing that can improve the impression you left and help you stand out from the other candidates. There is really no downside to sending a thank you note.  You’ve got nothing to lose and much to gain from just a little bit of additional effort.Continue Reading

SONY, ENTERPRISE AND UPS RECRUITMENT SESSION

On January 21, UMUC’s Career Services team hosted more than 120 attendees for a Recruiter Session featuring Sony, Enterprise, and UPS hiring managers at the UMUC Academic Center in Largo and online. Recruiters from each of the organizations worked with UMUC’s Career Services team to identify talent to fill open job positions at each of these premier employers, and each were excited to participate to target strong job candidates.Continue Reading