A: Acquire Experience

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  • Employers are looking for individuals who have firsthand experience. Involvement in collegiate and external activities provide countless opportunities for networking, meeting peers that one normally would not get the opportunity to meet, professional development, and leadership training. In addition, skill sets like time management, organization and program development are refined. These experiences not only enhance your resume as you enter the job market, but also can provide you with a better understanding of the world of work and specific careers and industries.

  • Internships

    Internships offer you a chance to get hands-on experience while working for a term or summer in a field related to your major. Internships often offer experience beyond clerical duties. Recruiters usually look for students with some experience in the field in which they will be working. Internships have proven to be great networking opportunities which often lead to future employment opportunities. Internships can be paid or unpaid and credit or non-credit. Review our Internship Guidelines to learn more about the differences. 

    For more information, contact the Career Development Center (A118) at 410-386-8530.

    Job Shadowing

    A job shadowing experience allows you to spend a few hours to a day (or more) observing a professional on the job. This experience can provide you with a “real-world” look at the occupation or career you may be considering. Job shadowing is a good way to help you decide if a particular occupation is right for you. These experiences are generally not done for academic credit and are usually unpaid.

    There are several ways to locate potential job shadowing opportunities. Different resources can be used to locate these opportunities including: mentors, previous employers, family and friends, advisers and instructors.

    For more information about job shadowing, visit the Career Development Center (A118). We would be more than happy to provide you with possible names and numbers of potential job shadowing opportunities or help you get started with our online resources.

    Campus Communities

    Carroll offers you a variety of ways to get involved in the campus community. Service-learning allows you to acquire “real world” experience while serving the local community. As a member of the Student Government Organization, you would serve as a voice of the student body by taking an active role in College governance. Similarly, clubs and organizations based on academic, athletic and cultural interests let you develop your leadership skills while pursuing areas of common interest. The Leadership Challenge program allows you to develop your leadership skills on a personal, group and community level. For more information about each of these opportunities, click the drop-down menu.

    Volunteer/Part-time Employment

    On-campus employment can provide you with an opportunity to get practical, hands-on experience through employment in a department or office at the college. To apply for these openings, you should complete and FAFSA and a Student Employment Application in the Financial Aid Office (A114)

    Beyond the campus, community organizations and clubs can also be the source of valuable experiences in helping you develop leadership and organizational skills, particularly if the organization is directly related to your career area of interest. Many employers are impressed by volunteer work and like to have employees that are active in their communities.

    Part-time employment in a career-related setting, can demonstrate your interest in a particular field, help you develop specific work-related skills, and provide you with points of contact and references for the future. To discover local job opportunities, visit the online job board and the Job Sites and Diversity Employment Sites below.

    Job Sites

    • Carroll Links - Carroll's new online job board, for students and alumni, includes postings from local and regional employers. Register for free, upload your resume/portfolio, view postings and apply for jobs. 
    • Maryland Workforce Exchange - Job links throughout Maryland, searchable by skills, occupations and distance from a zip code you designate.
    • Maryland Job Network - Links for jobs throughout Maryland classified by industry and majors.
    • America's Job Bank - National clearinghouse for the public Employment Service. Updated daily with new listings
    • Green Careers Guide - International site that offers information about jobs, career information and trends related to the Green Industry. It includes information on solar energy, wind power and more.
    • Career Builder - Searchable database of newspaper help wanted ads from across the country.  
    • StudentJobs.gov - Information on federal co-ops, internships, summer employment, the Outstanding Scholars Program, volunteer opportunities, and plenty of temporary and permanent part-time and full-time jobs.
    • USA Jobs - Federal government's employment website.
    • AmeriCorps - Internships and employment opportunities in nonprofit agencies.
    • Idealist - Employment opportunities in environmental, advocacy and nonprofit agencies.

    Diversity Employment Sites

    On Campus Employment Events

    The Career Development Center offers a variety of employment events throughout the year. Learn more.
  • Carroll makes no endorsements or guarantees about positions listed through the Career Development Center. The college is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions or other aspects of off-campus employment. It is the responsibility of applicants to research the integrity of the organizations to which they are applying.

    Since Carroll is unable to research each company, the following practices are recommended:

    • Do not attend an interview in a private residence.
    • Beware of ads that offer large salaries for almost no work.
    • Avoid companies offering jobs without having met you.
    • Beware of a company that wants money for training, application fees, etc.
    • Do not release bank or financial information to a company.
    • Companies should not send payment in advance of work.
    • If it sounds too good to be true, do more investigating.