It's prime time for people looking for new jobs or considering career changes. The calendar for the next two months is jammed with employment seminars, career fairs and professional conferences designed to spread information, prepare job seekers for new careers and provide contacts with employers and personnel counselors in specific fields. This is also the last chance to register for many career-oriented continuing education programs offered at local universities. Some dates to note: Front of the Class

Registration for fall classes that range from computers to college admissions test reviews is closing next week at George Washington University's Center for Continuing Education. Evening registration until 7 p.m. is scheduled for tomorrow and Tuesday. (202) 676-7036.

Mailed applications for Georgetown University's noncredit courses at the School for Summer and Continuing Education must be received by Friday. Dates to register in person: Sept. 5, 6, 7, 9 and 14. (202) 625-3003.

For procrastinators: American University's noncredit program is off to a late start because of problems publishing the brochure. General registration for some classes will start Friday and Saturday. Classes start at different times and you can register up to two weeks before the first session. (202) 885-2500.

The University of the District of Columbia schedules continuing education courses individually. Registration up until a week before the first session. (202) 727-2314. Women's Work

The Northern Virginia Information and Counseling Center for Women, Vienna, begins its fall schedule Sept. 7 for the seminar series "Career Opportunities for Women in the '80s." The $15 classes meet on Saturdays and provide expert panels discussing training, qualifications, opportunities and advancement in various fields. On Sept. 7: careers in the hospitality industry, with representatives from area hotels. Sept. 21: careers in writing. Oct. 5: careers in fine arts. (703) 281-2657. Getting Down to Business

College professors out of work? Not in the field of business administration, where for every four faculty openings there is but one candidate. That's just one of the MBA topics to be examined at the 10th annual MBA Forum, Sept. 27 and 28 at the Sheraton Crystal City. Expected to attract more than 1,200 area residents and representatives from 91 business schools nationwide, the conference will focus on B-school requirements, curriculum, specialties of programs and financial assistance. Sponsored by the Graduate Management Admission Council, the forum costs $5 per day. (800) 524-1802. More Continuing Education

Metropolitan area education aficionados can look forward to Oct. 13 to 19 -- Adult and Continuing Education Week. Local organizations and professionals are pooling resources to present a schedule of events, including Professional Day, Oct. 16, at the Department of Education, which will provide a nexus for the public and professionals in adult education and related fields. A full calendar of events will be available from the federally funded Education Opportunity Center by mid-September. (202) 889-5300. Higher Education

Representatives from more than 150 university programs are expected to converge on George Washington University's Marvin Center, Oct. 22 and 23, for the 8th annual Graduate and Professional School Fair. Sponsored by 10 Washington-area universities and colleges. (202) 676-6217.