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Monday, March 26

Adjust Your Mirror: Dress to Impress
12:00-1:00 pm
University Center 310

In the job market, first impressions do matter. Attend this session to learn tips for men and women on making sure your look is right from head to toe, or from haircut to shoes. This workshop will offer examples of "What Not to Wear" and discuss appearances that work, to help you land your first job or internship.

BONUS Points! Attend this event and receive early admission to UMBC Suits You, a professional clothing closet for students. Early admission starts at 12:00 pm in the Harbor Multipurpose Room

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Thursday, March 29

UMBC Suits You Clothing Closet
12:30-6:00 pm
Harbor Hall Multi-Purpose Room

Do you want to make the BEST possible first impression with employers during Career Challenge's many events? The Career Challenge Committee can help with that!

In this tough job market, wearing professional business attire is more important than ever. Wearing a professional outfit will not only boost your chances of getting a job, but is a major confidence booster as well. Visit our Professional Clothing Closet to select business attire absolutely FREE of charge and yours to keep! Both men's and women's attire available. Stop by to shop for that suit, tie, skirt or blouse that will help you stand out while building your professional network and meeting employers during Career Challenge Month.

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Friday, March 30

UMBC Suits You Clothing Closet
9:00 am-2:00 pm
Harbor Hall Multi-Purpose Room

Do you want to make the BEST possible first impression with employers during Career Challenge's many events? The Career Challenge Committee can help with that!

In this tough job market, wearing professional business attire is more important than ever. Wearing a professional outfit will not only boost your chances of getting a job, but is a major confidence booster as well. Visit our Professional Clothing Closet to select business attire absolutely FREE of charge and yours to keep! Both men's and women's attire available. Stop by to shop for that suit, tie, skirt or blouse that will help you stand out while building your professional network and meeting employers during Career Challenge Month.

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Monday, April 2

Resume Rescue
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Math/Psych 201

Is your resume REALLY ready to impress recruiters? Our Career Center advisors can help you bring it to life!

Members of the Career Center team and representatives from the following companies will be on hand to offer extended Drop-In hours:

Employers in Residence Include:

Community Mediation Maryland (10:00 - Noon)
Leidos (10:00 am-Noon - 1:00 - 4:00 pm)
Northwestern Mutual (1:00 - 4:00 pm)

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.

Personal Branding Workshop
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

Building your Personal Brand
Guest Speaker:
Nathan Cline
Embedded Software Engineer
Northrop Grumman, Annapolis campus

What you will learn
• The importance of a solid professional image
• Tips on how to go about building and maintaining your brand
• The importance of on-line and off-line branding
• Examples of how you can damage your brand
• How to manage your professional reputation
• How employers are using social media to screen applicants

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Wednesday, April 4

Grit & Greatness Alumni Panel
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

Listen to and engage with recent UMBC alums who successfully and creatively navigated through the process of choosing a major. Some of these alums were exploratory or "undecided" about their options when they began. Others made strategic transitions from their first majors into other programs that led them to graduation - great careers and post-graduate opportunities. Participants can anticipate learning about:
-decision-making strategies regarding majors & minors
-key resources that are "difference-makers" here at UMBC
-career development tips & graduate school planning recommendations.

Moderated by Ken Baron (Assistant Vice-Provost for Academic Advising & Student Success, panel members will share their stories about qualities and philosophies that propelled them forward through grit to greatness!

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Thursday, April 5

Graduate School 101
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

Graduate School 101
Thu, 04/05/2018, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, Commons 331

What’s the fastest route to graduate or professional school?
A panel of expert current and former graduate students will discuss:
•â€ƒHow to successfully negotiate the graduate or professional school application process
•â€ƒExpectations of graduate students
•â€ƒPersonal statement tips
•â€ƒSelecting a graduate program that will put you on the road to success.

Panel Members include:
Brian Hildebrandt
JD, Rutgers University in New Jersey
BA, Philosophy, UMBC

David Hoffman
PhD, Language, Literacy & Culture, UMBC
JD, Harvard Law School
MPP, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
BA, Economics, University of California, Los Angeles

Amani Johnson
PhD candidate, Counseling Psychology, University at Buffalo, SUNY
BA, Health & Human Services, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Jaleel Johnson
MA candidate, Emergency Health Services, UMBC
BA, International Studies and Spanish, Morehouse College

Zulqarnain "Sono" Khan
M.D. Candidate, University of Maryland, School of Medicine
BS, Biological Sciences, UMBC

Peter Kim
Pharm.D. candidate, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UMBC

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Friday, April 6

Women in Engineering: Confidence & Persistence
12:00-1:00 pm
ITE 456

More Details will be added as the date approaches.

Presenter: Jamie Gurganus

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Monday, April 9

Financial Literacy Workshop
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

Get financially fit at this financial planning seminar geared toward students and alumni. Let us show you how to quantify your financial situation, deal with debt and develop a savings plan that will help to prepare you for those retirement years!  What are your finances saying about you? 

Presenter: Ken Pittman, CFP, ChFC, CLU; Financial Coach, The Pittman Advisory Group ('80, Economics)

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Tuesday, April 10

What I Wish I Knew in College
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

Come hear perspectives from a panel of UMBC alumni who are in the working world! These graduates will share what they've learned from their own experiences and how to best position yourself NOW for career success after graduation. Don't miss this great opportunity to gain valuable advice and tips from individuals who were once in your shoes!

Panelists:

Vishal Doddana, Founder and Realtor, Vidona Residential
Computer Science, 2006

Shelley Bailey, Management Analyst, Social Security Administration
Mathematics & Economic Policy Analysis, 2010

Julian Bradford-Hill, Software Engineer, ProObject
Computer Science, 2015

Amanda Quinn, Program Associate, Fund for Peace
Global Studies & Political Science, 2016

Carly Stum, Marketing Director, Tricerat
MLL, 2008 and Human-Centered Computing, 2016


No RSVP is required!

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Wednesday, April 11

Study Abroad Experience and Professional Marketability
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

In today's globalized job market, more and more employers are hiring individuals with enhanced cross-cultural and language skills. No matter what your major is, a study abroad experience can make you more marketable. Learn how a summer, semester or academic year abroad can help enhance your professional marketability and internationalize your degree.

Panelists will include:

Libby Solomon, UMBC '16
Reporter, The Baltimore Sun
Studied/interned in Russia, Morocco, Lithuania

Caylie Zidwick, UMBC
Assistant Director of Study Abroad, UMBC
Studied/interned in France, Italy

Andres Garcia, UMBC '17
Operations Analyst, Morgan Stanley
Studied/interned in the Dominican Republic

Sara Masoudi, UMBC '18
Major in Computer Science
Studied/interned in Sweden

No RSVP is required!


*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Thursday, April 12

Relocating for Internships & Jobs
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

If you love travel and adventure, you may be considering a far-away internship or job. Every semester, UMBC students pursue exciting career opportunities across the country and even across the globe. But how do you find these positions? How should you prepare, and what challenges might you face? Join the Career Center for a panel of students and local professionals who have been through the relocation process.

Panelists Include:

Lydia Grmai, UMBC '11, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dr. Grmai is a Meyerhoff alumna and serves on the Meyerhoff alumni board. While a student, she worked as a research assistant and sang with the Stilettos. After graduating from UMBC, Lydia moved to New York to attend NYU's School of Medicine where she completed her PhD in Molecular Pharmacology. In January, Dr. Grmai started her current position as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Department of Biology in the Van Doren Lab.

Greg Foley, UMBC '08, Mechanical Engineering
After graduating UMBC, Greg was a Submarine Officer in the Navy serving in various locations including oversees. Currently, he serves as a Systems Engineer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Mr. Foley also completed his Master's Degree in Engineering Management at Old Dominion University.

Arielle-Cherie Paterson, Current Student in Computer Science.
Arielle-Cherie completed a summer research internship in Cambridge, Massachusetts at Harvard University studying Computer Vision in autonomous robots.

Kourtney Rutkowski, Current student in Mechanical Engineering.
Completed co-op experiences with GE Appliances, a Haier company located in Louisville, Kentucky along GE Power in Trevose, Pennsylvania. Kourtney also interned with BGE and Exelon Nuclear Energy.

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Monday, April 16

Evaluating Job Offers
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

All your hard work here at UMBC is about to pay off! You've finally landed that dream job, but how do you know whether the offer is a fair one? Come to this lunchtime seminar to learn how to evaluate an offer with clarity and confidence!

Given the abundance of information about accepting job offers, it can be overwhelming for even seasoned professional to know how to do manage this with confidence; it is a delicate stage and you don't want to risk making a critical mistake.

Come listen to the following presenter share his wealth of experience from the employer's perspective regarding evaluating offers so you can navigate this stage like a pro!

Presented by:
Joel Oppenheimer, PE
Vice President
STV Incorporated

RSVP is not required!

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Tuesday, April 17

Standing Out in the Crowd: Successful Intern to Full-Time Offer
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

You've impressed your employer and landed a killer internship! NOW what? Don't miss this opportunity to learn from our panelists how to WOW your employer and turn this internship into a full-time offer!

Dustin Saunders, Software Engineer, Sofiac
Computer Science, 2015

Dimitri Djiki, Production Supervisor, W.R. Grace
Chemical Engineering, 2017

Lauren Stumme, Medical Assistant, Gastro Associates
Biological Sciences, 2017

Reagan Huber, Investment Fellow, T. Rowe Price
Mathematics, 2018

Samantha Turskey, Computer Programmer, Johns Hopkins APL
Computer Science, 2018

Todd Cox, Business Management Analyst, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Financial Economics, 2018

No RSVP required!


*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Thursday, April 19

LGBTQ+ in the Workplace
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

In this interactive panel discussion, alumni will discuss being "out" and the role of sexual orientation and identity in the workplace. They will also offer strategies for career success while embracing diversity.

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.

Dining Etiquette Dinner
5:30-8:00 pm
Skylight Room, The Commons

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: https://careermonth.umbc.edu/dining/

Which fork do I use? What if I spill on myself? How do I give a good handshake? Find answers to all of these questions and more while attending our annual program promoting good business manners and networking skills. This is your opportunity to learn what it takes to make a great first impression and to navigate a formal dinner with style. Seating for this dinner is limited and you must preregister here. A confirmation email with specific event details will be sent to registrants prior to the program.

For additional details, contact Sue Plitt, plitt@umbc.edu, 410.455.2340, or stop by Math/Psych 201

Please Note: By registering and not attending, you are preventing another UMBC student/alumnus from participating and causing the Career Center to incur monetary expenses as the sponsor of this event. Cancellations must be sent to Sue Plitt (plitt@umbc.edu) by 5 PM Thursday, April 12, 2018, or your UMBC student account will be charged a fee of $25 to cover the financial costs incurred.

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Monday, April 23

Women in the Workforce
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

Hear from a panel of women in the workforce as they discuss challenges and successes they’ve observed in their careers. Panelists include:

Kisha Fields Powell (`03 Political Science)
Vice President, Integrity Title and Escrow Company

Jonalyne Andres Walker (`05 Psychology)
HR Manager, Mindgrub Technologies

Wafa Raja ('16 Information Systems)
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Dawn Biedenkapp (`03 Economics)
Vice President, Morgan Stanley - Legal and Compliance

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Tuesday, April 24

Finding Community in the Workplace
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

For many of us, being involved on campus is one of the great pleasures of UMBC life. Whether it be through service learning, Greek life, or other campus organizations, theses affinity groups help support students with common interests and goals connect with one another.


Just like at college, many organizations help support and/or sponsor various affinity groups within their own places of work. Join us for this discussion on what it means to stay connected, and how to get started with affinity groups.

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.

Arts with a Purpose
5:00-8:00 pm
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Several local employers and professionals will be invited to talk about how they've built successful, meaningful careers in arts-related industries. The evening will include a panel followed by informal networking, held in our beautiful library gallery.

This event is designed specifically for arts majors, including visual arts, graphic design, cinematic arts, film/video, theatre, dance, and music. Don't forget, the best opportunities often come from personal connections--especially in the arts. This event provides a special chance to meet potential mentors in your industry.

The list of registered employers can be found at https://careers.umbc.edu/arts/

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.

Click here for more details


Wednesday, April 25

Security Clearance Process
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

Federal and private sector jobs that involve access to sensitive information often require a security clearance. You may have heard stories from friends about the long security clearance process...the thought of which can be quite intimidating! Representatives from the NSA will help to debunk the myths circulating about the security process and present you with the facts!

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.


Thursday, April 26

International Identities in the Workplace
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

Join the Mosaic Center, Career Center, and the Office of International Education Services for a workshop focusing on international experiences in the U.S. job force. Geared towards International students, topics will include how to market your unique international identity in the workplace, interview tips and business etiquette in American culture, and workplace discrimination. A few current UMBC international students who have been interning in the US for multiple semesters will also share their experiences and insights.

*If you require special accommodations for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make the proper arrangements. Please email careers@umbc.edu with your specific request - be sure to include title, date, and time of the event.