Career

Professional development doesn’t start when you need a job. It starts now. That doesn’t mean you need to know the career you want after college. It means you should seek opportunities to develop skills that will serve you well in any career (like public speaking, writing, interpersonal, and analytic skills), 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.

Explore different sectors and industries by checking out our Career Communities in the tab above.  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.  Join as many career communities as you’d like to explore!

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!

Explore your Career Pathways

SBS Pathways guides SBS students as they pursue academic, experiential, and professional development opportunities, equipping them with an impressive array of competencies needed for careers in business and nonprofit 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.

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 consistently say they would like to see more of in their applicants and employees:

SBS Shadows Student Registration Is Open! Shadow an alum at work over winter break.

Now’s the time!

The SBS Shadows program provides one-day job shadowing experiences that give students the opportunity to spend time with alumni or other hosts in their place of work. Through observation and conversation, students will learn more about a …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Here comes the dreaded “So what are your plans for after graduation?” question!

As break and the holidays approach, many of you will be around folks who care about you and haven’t seen you in a while.  They want to catch up, and in a well-meaning effort to make conversation, they may ask …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Beat the Applicant Tracking System and Get Your Resume in Front of a Human

 

When you apply for a position you are qualified for, you may take for granted that you will get a fair shake from the human resources staff when they read it.

However, you may be surprised to hear how …

By David Shrauger - Ivy Exec
Ivy Exec
Ivy Exec is your dedicated career development resource.
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This resource contains a variety of sample resumes that are appropriate for SBS majors.  Use these as a formatting guide.  …

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 2020 was 60%, 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 2021 was just shy of 60%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

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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.