Professional Development for Masters Students

WSE provides access to a variety of professional development resources that will prepare you for your next position or promotion. Visit the Life Design Lab, which is your one-stop shop for career exploration, experiential learning, and hands on support in getting to where you want to go next!

Career Planning

One of the central reasons you are pursuing a graduate degree at JHU is to take your career path to greater heights. Engineering for Professionals offers a  career and life design educator, Mark Savage to help accomplish this goal, whether it be resumes/cover letters, networking, job search strategy, interviewing, and more.

Mark Savage headshot

Handshake Career Management System

All JHEP students are provided a Handshake account that must be activated by students who wish to access it. To activate your account, go to, sign in with your JHED ID, and input your editable profile. Your account will remain active until you are no longer affiliated with JHU; alumni can reactivate their accounts with a revised email account for up to five years.

Schedule Appointments & Register for Events
  • Make appointments with Mark Savage:
    • Appointments < Explore Career Options < Homewood: Engineering Masters Students < View Available Appointment Days/Times
    • All times are listed in Eastern Time Zone and are scheduled for one hour (despite Handshake confirmations of 30 minutes).
    • If you don’t see a convenient time, email your availability to Mark. Evening appointments are available upon request.
  • Schedule Virtual Drop-in Office Hours:
    • Mark is available for drop-in office hours as posted on Handshake Events (availability varies by semester).
    • Other Life Design Lab staff also offer office hours on weekdays and some evenings.
  • View and sign up for career-focused programming, workshops and seminars, alumni and employer presentations, and more.
Explore Career Resources
  • View and apply for jobs and internship postings (mostly entry level) specifically for JHU Students.
    • Apply with an uploaded resume/cover letter.
  • Access networking and job search resources (under Homewood):
    • Find disability, diversity, and inclusion resources
    • Explore your career interests and goals
    • Find resources for networking, resumes, cover letters, and interviewing
    • Explore job postings and internship opportunities
    • Find resources for international students
  • Explore online resources (under university-wide)
    • What Can I Do With This Major?: Job functions, industries, professional associations, advice for breaking into related industries.
    • V-Mock: Get a one-minute resume review using artificial intelligence; upload a PDF resume and get a scored critique in minutes (use 10x per calendar year)—results may not always be perfect; refer any questions to Mark.
    • One Hop: Visit the JHU Alumni Mentoring Site
    • Forager One: Research postings on the JHU campus.
    • Case Coach: Practice case interviews for consulting firms and others (access via Handshake/Resources)
    • Goinglobal: For international students seeking jobs in the U.S. or in their home country, or for U.S. citizens seeking jobs and job search protocols in 190 countries, including the U.S. (access via Handshake/Resources)
    • My Visa Tool for international students seeking jobs in the U.S. (access via Handshake/Resources)
  • Recorded Video Seminars on resumes, cover letters, networking, elevator pitch, and interviewing
    • For international students: telling your story; U.S. job search protocols; employment in the U.S.