Role at the UMBC Career Center: I am a receptionist at the UMBC Career Center. I take calls and schedule appointments for students and alumni. You can come up to the Career Center reception desk to ask me any questions regarding jobs, internships, or events that are hosted by the Career Center! I decided to work at the Career Center because it is convenient to take shifts between classes, and it is very close to my home. The staff is also wonderful, friendly, and very helpful!
What are your major(s)/minor(s)?
I am an English major, Psychology minor.
How did you choose your major?
I chose my major because I decided to follow what I love doing- reading. I also think being an English major helps you become a better communicator. I am minoring in psychology because I love studying the way people think, and how I can communicate with and help people of all walks of life.
Tell me about the the job and internship process. Were you able to find job/internship positions that are related to your major or your career interests?
Since I am currently a sophomore, I am looking into applying for internships for summer 2015. I am interested in applying for any jobs and internships that involve writing and communication.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
The best piece of advice I have ever received is something my mother always tells me: "Be the best you can be, because you can't be anything better than your best self."
Finally, talk about the Career Center and what it has to offer? What has been most beneficial to you?
The Career Center at UMBC is an extremely helpful resource for students. We typically have resume review "drop-ins" every Monday-Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. During these sessions, students can have their resumes looked over, and corrected if needed. Students can also meet with counselors according to their major(s) to talk about searching for internships and jobs. The Career Center also offers mock interviews, where students can schedule a practice interview (it can even be recorded as a video, and saved onto the student's flash drive). The counselor can also help the student decide what they need to do in order to better themselves for an actual interview with a company. The most beneficial thing to me at the Career Center so far, is finding out about great internship opportunities, as well as better understanding how to use UMBCworks (a very helpful resource for internship/job opportunities).
What is your favorite aspect about UMBC?
My favorite aspect about UMBC is the diversity. I love going to campus everyday and seeing people from all over the world, getting along and helping each other out. It is so interesting to learn about other cultures and people. It helps give you a new perspective on life.
What is one item on your bucket list?
One place that is on my bucket list is Ōkunoshima, Japan, also known as "bunny island."
What is one aspect of the DC/Baltimore area that you often explore?
I love the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. I actually really like learning, and the Natural History Museum is one of my favorite places to go in D.C.
Have questions? Want to connect with the Career Center team? Call our office at 410-455-2216 or check out our page here: careers.umbc.edu/index