New program helps first-generation college students discover profession paths


For first-generation faculty scholar Jamillet Amogia, Hawk Students Academy (RHSA) has helped her navigate her first two years at UMass Lowell.

Now that Amogia is a junior, her focus has shifted from exploring faculty life to getting ready for a future profession.

“I do know I needed to attend UMass Lowell, and I do know I need to do one thing with psychology, however I am nonetheless somewhat misplaced as to what I am doing sooner or later,” from Revere, Massachusetts Psychology main says.

To assist Amogia and others like her discover their approach, the RHSA has launched a Pathway to Profession Pilot program. Whereas the nationally acknowledged RHSA program is geared towards the brand new and class, it’s increasing to offer profession and graduate college preparation programming for juniors and seniors, because of $500,000 in federal funding.

“I used to be completely satisfied to see this being provided. That is particularly useful for first-generation faculty college students, as there are such a lot of issues new to us,” Amogia says of the yearbook program. “I believe numerous stress is placed on faculty college students of their first or second yr to map the whole lot out. That can assist me determine the place I am going from right here.”


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Pc science main Arthur Rosa is one among 26 juniors taking part in RHSA’s new Pathway to Profession program.

Managed by Assoc. Serwa Addae-Adoo, Director of Profession Providers, Pathways to Profession This system offers the primary group of 26 juniors with a structured plan for the tutorial yr. College students are required to take part in a variety of actions and occasions organized by the Profession and Cooperative Middle, reminiscent of interview and resume workshops, networking nights and dine and costume occasions. College students are required to attend both the autumn or spring profession gala’s, in addition to conduct career-related interviews with three individuals from the UML group.

“Yearly, the wants of every faculty group are completely different,” says Addae-Adoo. “By junior yr, they perceive faculty out and in, and now they’re considering, ‘Oh, I must get an internship and do one thing with my profession.’ That is why we’re right here – to assist them in numerous methods.”

Addae-Adoo started growing this system final spring with RHSA Director Matthew Hurwitz and Carol Towell ’22, coordinator of college-based mentoring on the Manning Faculty of Enterprise. Tolle earned his M.Ed. in Larger Training Administration from UML final spring, along with her thesis on “intrusive mentoring,” which incorporates energetic intervention with college students.

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Junior Enterprise Administration Chief Stella Cortez talks with fellow members of her Pathway to Profession cohort.

Pc science main Arthur Rosa of Everett, Massachusetts, says he signed up for this system to maintain himself on monitor to discover a profession that may permit him to assist individuals.

Being a part of a bunch of first-generation college students “helps me develop due to the assist of my friends,” he says. “Watching my friends from all completely different backgrounds try for his or her careers, even when it is powerful, evokes me to do the identical.”

Yaritza Gil-Xavier, a legal justice chief from Lawrence, Massachusetts, signed up as quickly as she noticed the e-mail from RHSA.

“I’ve struggled with what I need to do with my profession,” says Gil-Xavier, who explored choices in forensics and regulation enforcement earlier than discovering an curiosity in homeland safety via her analysis.

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Junior biology main Naisha Sterling, at left, talks with a fellow Pathway to Profession cohort member at their kickoff assembly.

“This program is certainly going to assist me resolve what I need to do with homeland safety,” she says. “Hopefully, I can community and make new connections.”

Addae-Adoo says that many first-generation college students face obstacles in beginning their careers, reminiscent of a scarcity of connections, that they hope this system can tackle.

“We’re very enthusiastic about our first group,” she says. “We hope that subsequent yr the numbers will improve and we will assist much more college students.”



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