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Information Sessions Available at the March 2024 Virtual Career Fair

Shuruq M. Alfawair
By Shuruq M. Alfawair

We are excited to announce the Information Session schedule for UMGC’s Virtual Career Fair. Register to learn about workforce-relevant resources and student support services, such as virtual job simulations, tech career pathways, volunteer opportunities, companies embracing neurodiversity, and more. These sessions will be held concurrently in a video roundtable format from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET on March 15. Please note, registration is required to attend.

Below is the list of organizational representatives who will be live to discuss these unique programs and pathways with you.

Empowering Futures: Your Gateway to Career Opportunities

Handshake was created to ensure that all college students have equal access to meaningful careers. Since 2014, Handshake’s network of university and employer partners—and the impact for students— has grown exponentially. Within a few years, Handshake has become the leading early career community in the US. Take the next step in your job search with career fairs, networking sessions, resume workshops, and more on Handshake!

Unlock Your Career Potential Through Expert Guidance and Insider Insight

As the leading Career Intelligence platform, Vault provides in-depth intelligence on what it's really like to work in an industry, company, or profession—and how to position yourself to land that job. Vault also provides verified internship reviews & detailed profiles on companies, so job seekers can get the inside scoop on what it’s really like and find the career advice needed to launch careers.

Discover Courses and Resources Supporting Diversity in Tomorrow's Tech Leaders

CodePath is reprogramming higher education to create the most diverse generation of engineers, CTOs, and founders. We deliver industry-vetted courses and career support centered on the needs of Black, Latino/a, Indigenous, and low-income students. Our students train with senior engineers, intern at top companies, and rise together to become the tech leaders of tomorrow.

Gain Experience with Leading Companies via Virtual Job Simulations 

Forage is on a mission to provide students from diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to upskill and secure promising careers. They pioneered the concept of virtual work experiences, offering students worldwide an exclusive look into the inner workings of top global companies, all completely free and self-paced. With a student-centric approach, Forage places a strong emphasis on breaking down barriers to career opportunities. Their innovative approach has made students up to five times more employable, making Forage a catalyst for change in the world of education and employment.

Connect with Companies Seeking Candidates with Diverse Backgrounds & Experiences

hellohive is a virtual recruiting platform that connects companies to one community of committed next-generation talent that represents an ever-evolving range of self-identified diverse backgrounds and experiences. Hive’s community includes current college students, recent graduates seeking entry-level positions, and early career applicants.

Build Skills and Hands-On Experience Required for a Career in Cyber Security

The University of Maryland Global Campus Cybersecurity Competition Team is a powerful force, dominating cybersecurity games around the world. Our Cybersecurity Competition Team is composed of students, alumni, and faculty representing the cybersecurity and IT programs at UMGC. Through the Cybersecurity Competition team, students gain experience and build skills, learning collaboratively with fellow cybersecurity students and faculty, and networking with employers. To prepare for competitions, students detect and combat cyber attacks in UMGC’s Virtual Security Lab and work through case studies in an online classroom. The team competes in digital forensics, penetration testing, and computer network defense.

Learn About UMGC’s Accessibility Accommodations and Self-Advocacy Awareness  

Find information on the accessibility accommodations process, documentation, rights, and self-advocacy. The University of Maryland Global Campus is committed to providing education that is accessible to students. Accessibility Services ensures that students with medical conditions protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act are provided accommodations in a timely manner. Accommodation ensures that students can access course materials and meet learning objectives by removing barriers to education. Your privacy is protected. Accessibility Services maintains an encrypted database to ensure ADA, HIPAA, and FERPA compliance. Students can choose to disclose health conditions to faculty members or classmates, but Accessibility Services staff will not disclose this information.

Grow Your Network and Professional Development with Student Organizations

UMGC’s student organizations aim to provide members with professional growth, leadership development, and a sense of community. They include academic-focused groups where students can engage with career-related topics, opportunities, and interest-based groups that provide students with ways to support and connect with each other through a shared purpose. Students can find a majority of the student organizations’ virtual communities along with some informal groups within CareerQuest Groups (UMGC’s platform for career resources) and on Facebook Groups.

Connect with Companies Embracing Neurodiversity

Specialisterne is an internationally recognized leader in harnessing the talents of people on the autism spectrum and other neurodivergent people by providing them with the opportunity to sustain meaningful employment. For over a decade, Specialisterne has developed hiring and management practices to help increase the neurodiversity of the global workforce. We are working to prove the business value of hiring people who think and communicate differently and initiate meaningful careers.

Volunteer with the American Red Cross and Make an Impact in Your Community

Led by volunteers and financially supported by generous residents, businesses, and foundations, The American Red Cross of the National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region seeks to fulfill on a regional level the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

If you’re passionate about helping people and looking for a volunteer opportunity with a visionary humanitarian organization, you can make a difference with the American Red Cross of the National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region. No matter your interest, skills, or schedule, you can make a significant contribution to our community and support people in their moments of greatest need.

In addition to these information sessions, the Virtual Career Fair attendees can visit employer booths, where company representatives will be available to chat live regarding current entry-level to senior-level opportunities, and more from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET on March 15th. Learn more about participating employers.  Register today!

Interested in exploring additional job opportunities to build your resume? Simply head over to CareerQuest today to learn more.

Shuruq Alfawair is a member of UMGC's Career Services team, serving as the Employer Relations Coordinator. Her role involves fostering employer partnerships for Career Services events. Over the last two years, Shuruq has cultivated relationships with employers in both the public and private.