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!

Holistic Career, Academic, and Experiential Learning Support is Now Available to Students Anytime, Anywhere at UMass Amherst’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst prepares students to positively impact our society through rigorous academic, experiential learning, and real-world work experiences.

The power of the UMass SBS education has long been rooted in …

By Carol Sharick
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7 Steps to a Career in Public Policy

Published on June 7, 2020

Erica Mattison, MPA, JD, CCSP
Mission-driven leader & strategist supporting sustainable, healthy, equitable communities | Career coach & presenter

Oftentimes I meet people who say, “I want to work in public policy, but I …

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By Justin Tabor
May 6, 2021

The two main goals of PST are to get Volunteers trained in relevant technical and language skills. So, even if you have no experience in education or health – or have never spoken a foreign …

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