Parents & Prospective Students
When you begin your UMaine Machias experience, you will quickly learn that the mutual goal of faculty and the career center is student success. By working together, we will ensure that your transition from student to professional is as seamless as possible.
Think of the path you’ll take to your professional career as a camping trip. Our faculty will do an outstanding job of “filling your backpack” with the knowledge and practical skills needed to thrive once you reach your destination. At the career center, we’ll provide you with the resources and support that you will need to conduct your career exploration.
In the meantime, as you sift through the wide range of career possibilities, feel free to explore our web site, as well as the links below:
- Not sure what you can do with your major of interest?
- What do Employers Look for in College Graduates?
If you have other questions, please contact me by phone at 207-255-1228 or by email at email@example.com.
Not sure what you can do with your major of interest?
Not sure what you can do with your major of interest? The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*NET Online, the Occupational Information Network, offer a wealth of information for hundreds of different types of jobs.
You can search for training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, working conditions, related job fields, and much more.
Other resources for exploring careers include:
What do Employers Look for in College Graduates?
Employers are looking for people who can do the job…who have the necessary technical skills required for the position for which they are being considered. Additionally, employers are looking for people who have developed critical thinking, oral communication, teamwork and collaboration, digital technology, leadership, professionalism, career management, and global/intercultural literacy skills. Learn more from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) at https://www.naceweb.org/career-readiness/competencies/career-readiness-defined/.
The sooner college students recognize what employers are looking for, the sooner they will be able to develop their skills and experiences through courses, special programs, campus activities, community service, internships, travel abroad, etc. Getting involved with the Career Center on campus to start preparing for their careers as soon as students enter college will help them become better prepared for entry into the competitive job market.
Internships are so important to gaining the hands-on experiences that are so important in the job market today. Many programs here at UMaine Machias encourage or require students to participate in a practicum or internship during their undergraduate experience. https://collegesofdistinction.com/advice/the-importance-of-internships-in-college/.