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Transfer Times December 2011

In this Issue:

Transfer Planning Dates
Choosing a Major

Important Transfer Planning Dates

December 24 - January 2:  MC Closed for Winter Break
January 3 – 19th:    Winter Classes @ MC, register online.
January 12, 7 a.m.:   Delete/Spring Classes dropped for non-payment
January 23:  Spring Semester classes begin @ MC
January 2012:  Transferring to another school this Spring semester?  Be sure to send your final grades from Fall 2011 at MC through the MC transcript request process.
February 1 – March 1:  Transfer application deadlines for many schools if you plan to transfer in Fall 2012.  Start applications sooner for maximum transfer consideration – see any school’s Transfer Admissions page.  It is not too early to submit an application NOW, BEFORE the actual deadline.
January 1st to March 1:  FAFSA Deadline for Maryland State money and scholarship programs at most transfer schools

‘TIS THE SEASON…

…to work on Transfer Applications!  If you plan to transfer, you need to apply BEFORE published deadlines to maximize your chance of admission.   Check with each school you are considering for specific deadlines.  EARLIER is always better.  Use the calm of winter break to finish applications!

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A MAJOR?

Choosing a possible major or field of study will help you narrow down choices for transfer colleges and help you pick courses that meet a major’s requirements.  It's difficult to know what you'll want to do as a career when you're a student in college - fortunately, there are some good ways to explore majors while you're here. 

Take courses to explore majors.   "Introduction" courses are designed to present an overview of subject areas and often discuss careers opportunities within those fields. BA 101 Introduction to Business, PY 102 Introduction to Psychology, etc.

Look at typical careers associated with specific majors:  

Take Montgomery College's DS 103, Career Development course to learn the process of career planning.  Students take career interest inventories to match your skills and interests to specific career areas and investigate careers in depth.  DS 103 is offered on all three campuses and as a Distance Learning on-line course.

DS 103  Career Development - 2 credits  Course Description:    Teaches how to plan, establish, or change a career. Includes process of establishing or implementing career goals; assessment of values, interests, and skills plus their relationship to occupations; analysis of labor market needs; identification of employers and sources of occupation information; and means of securing employment (proposals, resumes, applications, and job interviews). One hour lecture/discussion each week.

Use career exploration sites on the Web:  

Montgomery College's Steps to Career Planning, an ON-LINE CAREER PLANNING WORKSHOP 

Look at the actual course requirements for each major

Can you picture yourself taking/enjoying/succeeding in classes required for this field?  Look at  the junior and senior-level (300 & 400-level) classes for a particular major - scan four-year college catalogs to do this.

Advising by Major Pages

Explore Experiential Learning

Nothing is better than throwing yourself into the work environment that you're considering.  This can be done through internships, volunteering, summer or part time jobs, study abroad or service learning opportunities. 

Internships: Internships allow you to do try a job like a regular employee, but with additional guidance.  Internship experience may help you get a job. Employers like to hire people with experience, and sometimes hire their most successful interns.

Internships are available to college students whose education and training may be appropriate for many jobs. Internships usually last several weeks to a few months. They may offer pay, school credit or both. 

Montgomery College Internship Opportunities

Montgomery College Internship Directory - a listing of all MC opportunities

Montgomery College Collegewide Cooperative Education and Internship Program

Internships Advertised on E-Jobs - this service, open to all MC students, lists not only jobs but also internship opportunities for students.

Montgomery College Smithsonian Internships - An internship at the Smithsonian Institution through Montgomery College is an experience like no other! It is a prearranged, structured learning opportunity within a defined time frame. MC students in any discipline may apply for an internship.

Montgomery College Library of Congress Internships - Students with an interest in history and/or languages may find interesting summer opportunities in this program.

The Macklin Business Institute, Montgomery College, Rockville Campus.  The Macklin Business Institute offers an honors and mentoring program to sophomore-year business students. The college-wide program includes participation in business honors courses, a seminar each week, and mentoring by both a faculty member and a corporate executive. A business internship and scholarship support will also be available to students accepted into the Institute.

Internships that earn college credit within specific subject area at Montgomery College - ask about these courses in the Counseling Center or check a current schedule of classes for coordinator contact information.  Most of these credit internship courses have a prerequisite of completion of one or more courses in the subject field.

Conduct Your Own Search for an Internship

Google a variety of phrases to generate some possibilities.  For example, you might try "internships psychology Rockville" as a first attempt and see what pops up.  Vary it a bit each time to enlarge or reduce your scope - you might try "internships psychology MD", "internships psychology Maryland", "mental health internships Maryland" etc.

You can also search for internships by going to specific company websites and view "Employment" or "Human Resources."   For example, go to the National Institute of Standards and Technology site (find it by typing in the organization name in google ) and look in the Employment link.

Remember that many students go for big name companies and organizations, so competition for internships may be intense.  If you offer yourself as an intern at a smaller / local company, they may not have a formal intern program but they may be very willing to put you to work.  A smaller organization may be able to give you more responsibility in handling a variety of tasks. 

Have a resume ready before you begin your search.  Make use of MC's resume writing services to polish up your form.

Internship Listings on the Web: Many companies & organizations list internship vacancies on the Web.  Remember that everyone else is searching this way, too, so actual opportunities may be limited.  This is a good way to get an idea of the types of internships that exist, and perhaps you can market yourself as an intern for a local company after you see the kinds of things that interns generally do.

Volunteering Volunteering can provide three great benefits - an opportunity to explore a career field, an opportunity to build your resume for college, scholarship and employment applications, and the opportunity to contribute to your community and the world at large.  A good place to begin searching for placement begins with Montgomery County's Volunteer Center www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgtmpl.asp?url=/content/citizen/volunteering.asp   Check out other possible listings in the MC Career Centers.

Other sites:  

www.volunteermatch.org 

www.idealist.org

Find Transfer Steps, the Transfer Scholarship Page, and Advising by Major on the
MC Transfer Page www.montgomerycollege.edu/transfer

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