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Wednesday, March 29

Adjust Your Mirror: Dress to Impress
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

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.

Joining us for this presentation will be Megan Shank from T. Rowe Price!

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

**Requests for special accommodations require prior notification of a minimum of two weeks.**

Thursday, March 30

Packing for the Journey: 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.

Friday, March 31

Packing for the Journey: 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.

Monday, April 3

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

To help you prepare for the many Career Challenge opportunities to network with employers and alumni, drop-in resume review hours in the Career Center will be extended to 10 am - 4 pm. Representatives from the following organizations will be assisting during these drop-in hours:

AXA Advisors
Kennedy Krieger Institute
National Security Agency

The People You Meet on the Road: Master the Art of Making Connections
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

Come learn time-tested communication principles and skills including body language, active listening and persuasive speaking that help enhance your success at work and at home. Session will explore ways to communicate better in person (formally and informally), over the phone, via e-mail and at meetings. Discussion will include soft skills of communications that help you build a better life!

Presented by:
Joel K. Oppenheimer, PE
Senior Vice President
STV, Inc.

Wednesday, April 5

Building Your Professional Network
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

It's not what you know, but who you know!" Hear from a panel of young alumni who have leveraged their personal, social, and professional networks into success on the job as a recent grad. Learn more about how to create a flourishing network that could help get your foot in the door when you need it most. Aren't sure where to start? Bring your own questions, as the session will be open for Q&A.

Panelists Include:

Stephanie Swords '04 Psychology, M.A. '08 Sociology
Program Director, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Saqib Ashraf '13 Chemical Engineering
Commercial Sales Engineer, Carrier Corporation

Shreya Thanki '15 Financial Economics
International Accounting Analyst, Northrop Grumman

Katie Hirsch '04 Computer Science
Software Engineer, Tenable Network Security

Poulomi Banerjee '16 Health Administration & Policy
Student Affairs Program Assistant, UMBC

Thursday, April 6

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. Panelists include:

Rachel Crane: Librarian Assistant I/ Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program Assistant
Bachelor of Social Work: Spring 2016
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology: Spring 2016
Master's in Applied Sociology (Pending): Spring 2018

Jonathan Law
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology: Spring 2011
HUBS Social Worker

Juliette Seymour: Employment Specialist
Bachelors of Arts in Media Communications Studies: Spring 2014
Bachelors of Arts in Gender and Women's Studies: Spring 2014

Monday, April 10

Fill Up the Tank: Financial Literacy
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

Get financially fit at this hands-on financial planning seminar geared toward students and alumni. Let us show you how to plan a budget and outline ways to avoid credit blunders that can affect grad school admittance or career options. Employers are doing more research on their potential employees. What are your finances saying about you?

Presented by:
Allan Daley III, University Banking
PNC Bank

Tuesday, 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 include:

Moderator: Brian Souders, Ph.D., Interim Director of International Education Services

Wednesday, April 12

Go the Distance: 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!

Panelists include UMBC alumni: Connor Michel, William Renderos, and Teresa Briscoe

Thursday, April 13

Avoid the Traffic: Navigating the Federal Job Search Process
12:00-1:00 pm
Math/Psych 210

The government's main online portal to apply for Federal jobs is All government agencies post internships, Pathways (recent graduates) opportunities, and full-time positions in this system. The turn around time for you to apply to these openings is often brief so having a profile that is ready to go is extremely helpful. This presentation will contain information on the value of creating a strong, comprehensive profile in so you are prepared to apply when you find the perfect position for you!

Presenter: Mr. Adrian B. Williams, Sr. Federal Recruitment Advisor, Office of Personnel Management - Recruitment Policy and Outreach

Career - Fit
6:00-8:00 pm
Skylight Room, The Commons

This seminar encourages freshman and sophomore UMBC varsity athletes to learn how they can take an assertive role in their personal career development by utilizing services offered by the Career Center, assuming leadership roles on campus, and developing valuable transferable skills through their athletic experiences. Join current and former UMBC athletes to learn how they have applied skills learned on and off the field during internship opportunities and their full-time careers.

Monday, April 17

Stretch Your Legs: 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:

Lee Van Iderstine, UMBC '07, Interdisciplinary Studies (Health and Social Sciences). Past employers include Violet Organization, the International Rescue Committee, and Africa 180. She completed her master's at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Brian Hildebrandt, UMBC '04, Philosophy. Currently works at the Office of the Inspector General in the Dept. of Health & Human Services, and in the past has worked for Lockheed Martin and New Jersey Courts. Earned his J.D. at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Hector Barrera, Current Student in Financial Economics. Completed a summer co-op in New York City with Nielsen.

Kevin Boenning, Current Student in Engineering. Completed a fall co-op in Louisville, Kentucky with General Electric.

Tuesday, April 18

Don't Get Gridlocked: Demystifying the 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!

Presented by a member of NSA's Security Office.

Thursday, April 20

Are We There Yet?: Balancing Your Career Expectations
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

Hoping to land your dream job, in your dream field, after graduation? Sometimes the dream job isn't what you thought it would be, or maybe the dream job is harder to land than you thought. Learn how alumni have succeeded professionally when unexpected circumstances drove them to consider a shift in professional focus, and leave armed with the insight you need to succeed when career expectations don't quite meet reality.

Panelists Include:

Emily Brown '14 Computer Science
Cyber Systems Engineer, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Andrea Thomson '11 Economics & Political Science
Budget Analyst, Maryland Department of Budget and Management

Alec Pulianas '14 Computer Engineering
Engineering Leadership Development Program, Lockheed Martin

Karen Dickens '14 Information Systems
Network Engineer, T. Rowe Price

Jeremy Reed '08, Financial Economics, M.A. '10, Economic Policy Analysis
Financial Advisor, The Gaige Lavallee Reed Group

Beyond the Diners and Drive-Ins: Dining Etiquette Dinner
5:30-8:00 pm
Skylight Room, The Commons

Registration and full details:

Don't miss 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. Carol Haislip from the International School of Protocol will be joining us to provide networking tips and guide participants through the fine dining experience. Check-in begins at 5:30, event begins at 6:00.

For additional details, contact Sue Plitt,, 410.455.2340, or stop by Math/Psych 212.

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Tuesday, April 25

All You Need is a Full Tank of Gas and Good Friends: 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.

Panel Member include:
Brian Whippo, Vice President, Operations, Morgan Stanley
Affinity Group: Pride and Ally (LGBTQ @ Ally Networking Group)

Emily Brown, Cyber Systems Engineer, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Affinity Group: Asian American Heritage Club & Society of Women Engineers

Miguel Calderon, Business Analyst, McCormick & Company
Affinity Group: Sabor Latino (SaLa)

Lisa Gray, Assistant Dir. of Student Life, Diversity, UMBC
Affinity Group: Staff of Color Network

Arts with a Purpose: Create Your Career
6:00-8:00 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.

A list of attending employers is available at

Questions? Contact us by e-mail:

Kacie Lawrence (
Caroline Bodnar (

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Wednesday, April 26

Read the Signs: Evaluating Job Offers
12:00-1:00 pm
Commons 331

Presenter: Beth Rudoy, Assistant Director, Internships and Employment

It isn't just about the salary. What else should be taken into consideration when evaluating a job offer? It requires that you do your homework on what the market trends are while also considering geographical locations and your worth and value to the organization. There is an abundance of information about accepting job offers, but to get you started attend this workshop.

Thursday, April 27

Road Warriors: 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 include:

John Becker, 2001, Information Systems - ProSync
Jill Royston, 1994, English - WL Gore & Associates
Leslie McNamara, 2014, History - Healthcare Leadership Council
Vishal Doddanna, 2006, Computer Science - Vidona Residential
Shelley Bailey, 2009 & 2010, Mathematics & Economic Policy Analysis - Social Security Administration