CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Welcome to the Career & Professional Development Center web-site at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Office. In keeping with the university’s commitment to provide quality education to individuals who demonstrate the potential to become quality students, the Director oversees an office whose mission is to serve as a very integral component in the student’s academic environment and training. The focus is on the integration of new services that are reflective of the students plans to enter the workforce or academic arena after graduation. This will begin in their freshmen year, with the specialization of career and professional development support to students, while further enhancing internship and employment opportunities, mentoring and networking programs, experiential learning opportunities and/or graduate professional school exposure.The Career Professionals in the Center assist with the developing, evaluating and implementing career goals and objectives. The Center recognizes its place as a leading example of excellence by acknowledging the unique needs of UMES students. This Center is the linkage between the workforce and academic environment to students.
Career Services Professionals are available to provide excellent customer service, while maintaining the highest level of professionalism. Their role with students is viewed as a partnership, where Career Professionals listen, guide, and inspire students as they proceed along their respective journeys, and facilitate their entry into the world of work. Every student has unique talents, passions, and goals, and the Career Professional staff are here to help uncover and equip students with the tools and confidence they need to successfully bring their talents to the job market and/or graduate/professional school. Students are provided with the opportunity to have; a career plan related to their academic goals, career experiences prior to graduation and also assistance with the development of employment opportunities. Students are encouraged to develop their maximum potential through numerous career-related activities to ensure a successful transition from academic life to the world of work. This Center must continue to provide cutting edge career programs and experiences for students to remain competitive in a global workforce. It should be understood that each student’s academic training not only intellectually stimulates them, but also prepares them to be a professional.
Career related programs/seminars will be held targeting the various majors offered at the University. Further emphasis will be placed on developing connections with employers in various industries, including traditional recruiting efforts, while also exposing students to networking opportunities. Students no longer should look towards only attaining their first job, but also examining life skills, because of the many career changes they will make throughout life. The Career and Professional Development Center can help students identify their own range of skills through a strategic plan. All students should leave this University with a strategic plan of action prior to graduation. Students should not just visit the office when in crisis, professional development must be integrated into each students experience beginning freshmen year until graduation.