The Career Services Center can give you general in getting ready for life after graduation by thinking about your career pathways and learning to create cover letters, resumés and other professional documents. They will also assist you in starting a dossier, which you will need b oth for graduate and professional school applications and for seeking employment. Particularly important to this dossier are letters of recommendation from faculty who know you and your work. You should obtain these as you go along, when the professors are readily available and their memory of your work is fresh, rather than waiting until graduation approaches. The English Council of Majors and Minors and the English Department regularly sponsor career workshops in conjunction with the Career Services Center.
Although graduation may seem a long way off to you now, you should begin to make plans for your future early in your college years. The English Department is in the process of planning a Master’s in English Studies at UMBC. If you are interested in pursuing this master’s degree, please contact your advisor for information about the five year BA/MA program. If you are interested in other graduate study in English or related fields, please contact the department’s graduate school advisor, Raphael Falco, or or any member of the faculty who will be happy to talk with you about the procedures and requirements for pursuing post-graduate education.