Find the 'JMU Alumni Association' Group on Linked In to stay connected to your fellow alumni. Be sure to check out the Connections tab to find out where JMU Alumni work, what they’re skilled at, and how you’re connected.
Free and convenient professional development and career resources are waiting for you in our webinar archive! Check out the variety of topics, such as: leading from any chair; networking 101; and job search strategies.
Dukes Take Five
Whether you’re looking to jumpstart your career or are a seasoned professional, we hope you’ll “take five” to enjoy a break tailored by the JMU Alumni Association to cultivate your professional development.
The JMUAA is proud to offer you Dukes Take Five, a new, exciting and enlightening online platform with the goal of offering career and networking related resources that are available to serve you in the continual development of your professional self and career trajectory.
From navigating office culture, expanding your leadership impact and sharing management insight; to exclusive features on your fellow Dukes—you’re sure to find something that interests you most!
So what are you waiting for Dukes, TAKE FIVE!
Outreach and Engagement
Outreach & Engagement serves non-traditional students, offering access to higher education for multiple audiences.
Career & Academic Planning
Available through CAP for one year after graduation:
JMU alumni have access to all of the services and programs that Career & Academic Planning provides current students.
Available through CAP beyond one year:
JMU alumni may utilize Career & Academic Planning’s online resources, such as:
- Recruit-A-Duke for job and internship postings
- InterviewStream for online practice interviews (Check out this video of JMU Dukes, like YOU trying this resource for the first time!)
- FOCUS provides a self-paced, online format for exploring careers that could be compatible for you. You can save your information and come back as often as you like.
- Vault is a great resource for exploring career fields and job titles that interest you. You can research industries to learn more about a field, or view profiles of different professions to learn what a typical day would be like in the life of a job you're considering.
- Website content about the job and internship search process and the graduate school application process.
Search for careers that fit with your personal characteristics, such as interests, values, and skills.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Search for descriptions of careers to identify necessary training and education, earnings, job prospects, work tasks, and work conditions.
Job and Internship Postings
Research actual job and internship titles and descriptions by searching current postings.
Ask an expert about their experience in the field. An informational interview can be a great way of learning about a career. Learn more about what questions to ask and how to find a professional to meet with.
Not sure about a career you're considering? Try it out through job shadowing, internships, externships, or volunteering. Gaining hands-on experience can be helpful whether you are uncertain about a career field, or just want more experience before applying for jobs.
Career Counseling Professionals
Alumni are encouraged to contact a career counselor or coach who has the training and expertise to assist established professionals with their job search, career changes, and professional development needs.
To identify career counselors or coaches around the country, utilize the National Career Development Association’s Find a Counselor website. Ones that we know of in the Harrisonburg, Virginia area, are DeNoble University Counseling Services, Harrisonburg Career Coaching, At the Wheel Coaching , Open Circle Coaching and Career View.