Career

Your professional skill development and exploration starts as soon as you get to campus!

You don’t need to know what you want to do after college. Seek opportunities to the develop skills that every employer seeks – like public speaking, writing, interpersonal, and analytic skills.

Your SBS career team is here to help you explore what’s out there, connect with alumni, learn job search strategies, build experience by asking for more responsibility or new projects at work, seek leadership positions in clubs or volunteer organizations, and lay the groundwork for internships, and ultimately that first job.

Explore Your Career Pathways

SBS Pathways will guide you as you pursue and develop an impressive array of competencies needed for careers in business and nonprofit / public service settings, graduate study, and meaningful engagement in civic life.

Competencies are more than just the skills needed to perform a specific task. They involve the ability to think critically, creatively, and analytically and to apply skills and knowledge strategically across a range of contexts.

Your SBS Career & Professional Development team can help you know yourself, explore your options, build your skills, develop a job search strategy, and connect with alumni mentors, so don’t be a stranger.  Come meet with us!

Seek your pathways

Explore different sectors and industries by checking out our Career Communities.  Here, you will find information on the sector, student and alumni stories and advice, job and internship postings, relevant events, and many resources to help you learn more about opportunities and outcomes in that sector. 

Follow as many career communities as you’d like to explore, and receive jobs, internships, and events announcements curated to your interests.

As you pursue your own SBS Pathways, you will build the following skills and competencies and learn to integrate, communicate, and apply them in various settings.These are the very characteristics employers say they would like to see more of in their applicants and employees:

Core Competencies

Career/Self Development
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
Written and Oral Communication
Teamwork / Collaboration
Leadership

Work Ethic & Professionalism
Global/Intercultural Perspectives
Technology

Summer appointments with the SBS career team!

Whether you are a graduating senior, or a junior getting ready for the fall recruiting cycle, or a student who just wants to discuss your options and explore, your SBS career advisors are on duty in the summer, and available …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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SBS Seniors: What’s next for you?

SBS Seniors – can you believe it? You are almost done! Congratulations on your upcoming graduation – YOU DID IT!  What an accomplishment!  Now it’s time to tell us – what are your plans?

Are you still figuring it out? …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Why take SOC BEHAV 250: College to Careers?

Earn Credit & De-Stress Your Career Planning!

Learn: How To Get Internships And Jobs
Build: Your Network
Create: a Polished Resume, Cover letter & LinkedIn Profile
Get: Expert Advice in a Student-Friendly Setting

Register for this highly useful and popular …

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

This resource contains a variety of sample resumes that are appropriate for SBS majors.  Use these as a formatting …

Explore Career Outcomes

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2022 was 70%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2023 was 80%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

  • First Destination
  • Top Employers
  • Starting Salary
  • Job Titles
  • Employment Locations
  • Top Universities
  • Degree Types
  • Fields of Study

First Destination

SBS graduates pursue a range of plans after graduation, including employment, continuing education, and volunteering/service, among others.  This graph depicts what recent SBS graduates tell us they are doing within six months after graduation.