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Career support at JMU

Posted 27 January 2021

Student receiving careers support in office at JMU

Your Future, Our Commitment

Planning ahead for your career can be an intimidating task, but the support that James Madison University provides will help to ease the journey. We are proud to offer career planning services in many different ways that benefit your James Madison University experience as you take classes and plan your future.

JMU University Career Center

The JMU University Career Center is a great place for you to start your career journey. Here you’ll find access to services like:

  • Major and career exploration
  • Support for your job and internship searches
  • Preparation for graduate school
  • Access to Handshake, our JMU job search portal
  • Guidance from peer advisors

The University Career Center can help you to develop your resume, practice your skills in mock interviews, and build your professional portfolio. With in-person, phone, email, and Zoom appointments, the staff will answer your questions and provide valuable industry knowledge for your career planning. Also, there are plenty of virtual workshops for you to attend so that you can refine your skills. The University Career Center will even help you take a professional headshot to add to your LinkedIn profile!

Career fairs and events are important activities for you to attend as you’re planning your future. The University Career Center offers a Campus-Wide Career Fair and fairs that are specific to your chosen major. For example, The Hart School will lead a virtual career fair on March 3, 2021 for students majoring in hospitality management and sport and recreation management. Students have a chance to meet with employers in virtual, 1:1 appointments to learn about careers in this industry.

iCareer

As an international student, you will have questions about working in the U.S. that need individualized answers. JMU’s International Student Services is here to help you answer those questions on a 1:1 basis and through special programming with iCareer. This program will help you build your career strategy with sessions about choosing the right major, knowing your academic strengths, creating your resume, and working on or off campus. The second half of iCareer will help you learn more about Optional Practical Training (OPT), work visas, employment options, and graduate school possibilities.

GoinGlobal Access

GoinGlobal is an online job search platform for you to use in your search for jobs in the U.S., in your home country, or in a new country of your choice. This tool will help you find information about local and country locations, how different countries conduct business, and what jobs are available worldwide. You’ll also find networking opportunities and have access to U.S. companies that have sponsored work visas in the past.

Course in Career and Academic Planning

When you enroll at the International Study Center, you can choose to take JMU’s Career and Academic Planning course. This course will benefit you as you learn how to:

  • Talk about your personal strengths that will impact your major and career decisions
  • Find academic and job resources to use in your searches
  • Gain decision-making and goal-setting strategies to help you identify your major and career goals

Also, you will take a course called Pathways to Success every semester that you are enrolled in the ISC. Pathways to Success teaches you how to be career ready with experiences to help you build your communication, professionalism, and organization skills, all of which will help you in the workforce. Pathways to Success classes participate in many activities like creating elevator pitches, learning about leadership styles, developing project plans for fundraisers, and many others.

International Student Leadership Conference

The Center for Global Engagement hosts the International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) at JMU. During this conference, globally minded students network with others and build their leadership skills. Students can lead and attend sessions focused on a variety of global topics, and ISLC is open to students throughout Virginia, Maryland, and the Washington, D.C. area. The Spring 2021 ISLC event will be virtual, giving more students the opportunity to attend!

Prepare for Your Future with JMU

These are just a few of the career resources and events that you can access at JMU. With these support services, you can start planning your future from Day One of your JMU experience, and we’ll be here to help you every step of the way.

Are you ready to learn more? Inquire now to start the conversation about joining us at JMU!

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