Your Guide to … Career Paths in the Social-Impact Space

Some professions have a straightforward career path—you study pre-med in college, then go to medical school, then do your residency, and then you’re a doctor. Or you go to college, then law school, do a summer internship, and then start …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Four Unique Podcasts to Inspire Social Innovation

It’s safe to say that many of us could use a bit of inspiration these days—and podcasts are a great way to stay informed and entertained from home. Whether you need a new podcast obsession or just want to know …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Don’t Let Student Debt Keep You From Your Dream Job

The average graduate of the college class of 2018 owed $29,200 in student debt at the time they finished their degree. For grad students, that number can soar up to $160,000. That’s a lot of money, but increasing debt shouldn’t …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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How to Kickstart a Career in Non-Profit HR

When people think of human resources or “HR” they might picture a mysterious hiring and firing department, or the downtrodden HR rep Toby from the NBC comedy “The Office.” But don’t be fooled—HR work can make for a great, challenging …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Navigating USA Jobs and the Federal Hiring Process

This is part of Federal Times’ ongoing series about the federal hiring process. For more information on how to get a federal job, read here.

Almost all federal job openings are listed through the official USAJobs website, which was created …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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B-Corporations – Using Business as a Force for Good

Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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3 Things You Need to Know Before Joining a Start-Up

Working at a startup can be exciting. Startups are usually hyper-focused on growth, and the energy around you is full of unbridled ambition to disrupt an industry.

However, there’s another side to this very specific kind of company. They’re often …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Resource Economics Assoc. Professor Christine Crago among researchers to receive $6.3 Million to Ensure Energy Transition is Sustainable and Equitable

The strong integration of social equity into research and training will help to ensure that new investment in green technology and infrastructure benefits all members of society.

“There are difficult questions that arise from a transformation of the electrical grid …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Consulting is more than giving advice

Each year management consultants in the United States receive more than $2 billion for their services.1 Much of this money pays for impractical data and poorly implemented recommendations.2 To reduce this waste, clients need a better understanding of what consulting assignments can …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Economics alum Mark Wilding’79, Executive Producer & Head Writer, Scandal

Disney’s Mark Wilding goes off-script.

A weekly column for the Daily Collegian at UMass Amherst launched Mark’s career as a TV writer. His work includes landmark dramas like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, where he is now Executive Producer and Head Writer.  Here he is, in his …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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