Your Freshman Year

Welcome to the Isenberg Chase Career Center! It's Never Too Early to Get Started on Your Career.

  • Take core and general classes to help you explore your areas of interest. Consider choosing a double major or minor outside of your business major to broaden your experience. Majors are declared during junior year.
  • Start thinking about practical work experience. The more professional experience you can acquire, the better your chances for being hired in your chosen field when the time comes. Experience can come in summer jobs, campus employment, and other activities.
  • Wonder what kinds of careers are linked to specific majors? Many employers hire people from several majors. See a career advisor in the Chase Career Center (Suite 101) to learn more.
  • Learn how to use eRecruiting to find and apply to internship and co-op opportunities. Understand how to utilize both the Isenberg eRecruiting system and the University Career Services eRecruiting system. Pick up materials about using these systems in the Chase Career Center or see our website instructions at http://isenberg.experience.com.
  • Complete the Isenberg Freshman Transition Seminar to learn how to use resources at Isenberg and on-campus. Meet with an academic advisor (Suite 206) about planning classes for your potential major, strategizing for study abroad, domestic exchange, or taking a semester-long co-op or internship.
  • Get involved! Start your personal/professional development by becoming an active member of the community. Choose from any of 21 clubs at Isenberg or from over 200 student organizations on-campus. Participate in student government or the residents life community. Seek out community service projects through clubs and other organizations. You'll meet others, contribute, and develop key communications, leadership, and team skills that employers seek.
  • Begin networking through student clubs and other Isenberg School events. Learn about opportunities by meeting alumni and corporate friends of UMass as a member of a student group.
    It's never too early to learn to network.
  • Begin preparing your resume. Attend Resume Writing Workshops and meet with a Chase Career Center advisor to get started. Having a good resume means you'll be ready for opportunities that come along. Please stop by the Chase Career Center to take advantage of our library and printed resources.
  • Go to job fairs and other career events. These introduce you to many companies who recruit at Isenberg and the University. All students are encouraged to research employers of interest and speak with company representatives. Learn how to identify and develop skills employers seek for internships, co-ops, and later, full-time opportunities.
  • Check out the following web sites for additional career resources:
    www.isenberg.umass.edu/career, www.umass.edu/careers;
    www.fivecolleges.edu/jobs