Resources for Sophomores
Class of 2026
As a sophomore, you are a fully established UMW student. You may have decided on a major, you may still be weighing your options. Together, let’s use this time to narrow down what matters the most to you. Let’s start asking big-picture questions: how can you be using your summers wisely? What classes need to be on your transcript if you’re looking to grad school? What does success mean to you?
Let’s Talk Life After Mary Washington
Whether you’re getting started on your career journey, starting to think about internships, or wondering what you can do with your major, the CCPD career coaches are here for you! Just call the office at 540-654-5646, stop by, or go to Handshake to set up an appointment!
If you have a quick question or need some eyes on your resume/cover letter right away, a drop-in visit might be the answer. Our trained Peer Career Consultants staff these hours in the CCPD suite, and the schedule varies by semester.
If you spot a table with employers behind it, we probably set up their visit! Take a moment to say hello and learn what opportunities they are offering. Employers who come to UMW love to interact with all our students, so don’t be shy!
The CCPD also tables; you’ll usually find us in the CRUC, but sometimes we land in other campus locations. Stop by, we usually have swag to give you, sometimes we have free food to share, and we are always happy just to chat with you!
Leading up to each Career & Internship Fair we offer a week of prep! Extra resume drop-in hours, tables where you can prep your elevator pitch, learn what to wear to the fair, and much more are all featured!
Going to the Career & Internship Fair as a sophomore is a great idea. You’re into your major and may have some questions about what you can do with it, employers may have answers! You also may be seeking an internship or wanting to start to develop your network. Even if you simply want to go to look around more casually, that is fine!
Tools for Sophomores
Take five short surveys to learn about your work interests, personality, skills, values, and leisure interests. Discover occupations associated with UMW majors and view side-by-side comparisons of different careers.
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Complete profile, register for Career Center events, upload a resume, and follow jobs and internships you are interested in.
Login to Handshake with your UMW username and password:
Log into Big Interview using your UMW username and password. Check out the ancillary modules for negotiating, first 90 days on the new job. Take quizzes and test your knowledge step by step.
Login to Big Interview with your UMW username and password:
Access Forage to participate in simulations designed to give you a realistic preview of jobs in a range of industries.
Take free, online, self-paced training courses developed by the Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership to prepare for successful internships and jobs.
My Next Move
Use this tool to explore potential career paths based on your interests and talents.