On September 29, more than 80 UMUC students and alumni joined the UMUC Career Mentor Program either online or in-person at the Dave & Buster’s in Capitol Heights for the first “Mix and Match” Speed Mentoring Event. The event was designed to help students and alumni build professional connections while learning more about UMUC’s Career Mentor Program.
Companies are looking for workers who can easily adapt to change, have current skills, learn new things and are technology savvy. Whether you are currently employed, unemployed, or making a career transition, you can expedite your job search and increase your chances of landing a job by focusing more on the value of your experience rather than your age. Below are a few tips seasoned job seekers can implement to improve their success rate.
What do Virgin Group co-founder Richard Branson, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker, and talk show host Oprah Winfrey all have in common? They all had mentors!
As defined by Merriam-Webster, a mentor is “someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced person.”
Mentorship can be a great avenue for expanding your professional network and identifying the direction in which you want to take your career. Yes, in theory, having a mentor is a great idea for both your personal and professional growth, but knowing where to begin might be a bit daunting.
With the immersion of social media, career professionals can now quickly grow their online footprint with a simple click-of-a-mouse. Having a strong online brand will ensure you are connecting with the right individuals to maximize, expand, and enhance your career connections. However, in order to build a strong online personal brand, you first must understand the social media sites and tools available to help you leverage your opportunities.
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.
January is National Mentor Month. This month is dedicated to thanking and honoring mentors who play an important role in providing guidance to others. Throughout this month at UMUC, we’ll be asking our students and alumni to tell us about their mentoring experiences and to share their appreciation for a mentor in their life.
Transitioning into a new career in either accounting and finance can be challenging, especially with limited experience. UMUC’s Career Advising Specialist Cathy Francois recently shared some tips and strategies for making this transition smooth in her webinar titled How to Network Your Way Into Careers in Accounting & Finance.
Networking Isn’t a Four Letter Word.
Networking can be hard. When I was a kid, no one told me that I would grow up and have to go into these rooms with other people who would throw these little stiff pieces of paper at me and then expect me to call them. I missed out on the class where they told me that I would have to go to these events to have awkward moments in the name of becoming a better business person. Truthfully, maybe if I had been warned, I might not have gone. But, the other truth is that I probably wasn’t warned because most of my teachers didn’t like this “necessity” of business life either.