Career Services 101 To find the career center for your major visit: www.career.umn.edu Career counselors… Help students reduce anxiety by clarifying their academic, career and life goals. Support students in the exploration of major and career options. Guide students through the decision-making process through activities and conversations. Give students relevant resources and information on careers, majors and job/internship searching. Assist students in identifying their skills and strengths and teach students how to talk about these skills and strengths in resumes, cover letters and job interviews. Teach students how to “try out” careers and gain skills through jobs, internships and volunteering. Provide students with the tools needed to secure internships and full time jobs. Help students through the graduate and professional school application process. What can I expect in a career counseling appointment? Appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes to one hour. The focus is on you, and your specific career goals or career development needs. We will ask you questions regarding your academic background, interests, goals, work and volunteer experiences. We will listen to you and help formulate goals and action plans based on your needs. We will be respectful of you and are genuinely willing to help. All appointments and contacts with a career counselor are confidential. Career counselors can help you with your job and internship search by… Explaining career options for your major. Helping you identify your interests and strengths. Teaching you the most successful job search strategies for your field. Giving you feedback on your resume and cover letter to ensure you are best representing your skills. Teaching you common questions to expect in an interview and how to answer them. Practicing interviews with you and providing feedback before a real interview. Receive support for the graduate school application process Possible Questions to Ask Your Career Counselor Could you tell me more about your services? I am not enjoying my classes and I am not sure if this is the right major for me. Could you give me information on starting a… (resume/cover letter /internship search/job search)? What are some career options for people with my major? What have some alumni done with my major? How much experience do I need before doing an internship? How should I prepare for an internship? What is the best way to find jobs/internships with in my major? What organizations hire interns or full-time employees from my major? I have a job interview coming up soon. What can I expect to be asked? How should I prepare? Can I study abroad and do an internship at the same time? How do I get an internship/job abroad? Why do people go to graduate school? Do I need a graduate degree? What is the application process? What is an informational interview? What should I be doing as a student to ensure I am able to get a good job after graduation? How can I get started on using GoldPASS/The Edge? Career Checklist To find the career center for your major visit: www.career.umn.edu Years 1 and 2: Explore and Try Out Career Options □ Undecided? Make an appointment with a career counselor and/or take career tests to help you decide on a major or career. □ Decided on your major? Visit your career center resource library or web site to learn what careers you can pursue with your major. □ Join at least one student club or volunteer with a local organization. Employers prefer to hire students who are involved in leadership and volunteer activities. Visit www.sao.umn.edu for a list of student organizations or check out www.servicelearning.umn.edu or www.goldpass.umn.edu for volunteering options. □ Create a resume and have it critiqued several times by a staff person in your career center. □ Job shadow or have a meeting with one person in your field to learn more about the career and day to day tasks of the job. Visit a career counselor for tips on how to find someone to visit. □ Get an internship, job or volunteer position to build your resume and gain first-hand experience in your field. Visit GoldPASS www.goldpass.umn.edu or if you are a Carlson Student The Edge www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/theedge to view current opportunities □ Start saving materials from jobs, internships and courses that you can later add to a professional portfolio that you can use in job interviews to show employers your skills and accomplishments. Years 3 and 4: Gain Experience and Take Action □ Take a career course to learn how to effectively find jobs and internships in your major. To view a list of career courses check out http://www.career.umn.edu/career_courses.html □ Attend career fairs and networking events to meet employers and learn about job and internship options. □ Take leadership roles in clubs or student organizations; employer rank leadership as a key quality they seek in candidates. □ A professional association is a group of people who work in an industry that meet regularly for training, professional development and networking. Join at least one professional association in your career field to meet people in the industry and to learn about possible places to work. For help finding a professional association in your field, contact your career center. □ Remember, 50% of employers expect students to have 2 or more internships at the time of graduation. Continue to gain experience by securing an internship or part-time job related to your career goals. Visit GoldPASS www.goldpass.umn.edu or if you are a Carlson Student The Edge www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/theedge to view current opportunities. □ Develop a professional portfolio and practice using it effectively during interviews for internships. □ Consider graduate or professional school options and take national graduate school entrance exams, if needed. Meet with a career counselor for tips on finding programs and how to create a strong application. □ Schedule a 1 hour practice interview to improve and refine your interviewing skills. Career Courses Academic Planning and Exploration (OUE 2100) Undecided and competitive-major students will have the opportunity to actively engage in the academic and career decision-making process through this primarily web-based course. Career and Job Search Preparation for Graduate Students (APS 5201/CFAN 5201) Understand and utilize the synergestic elements and tools of job search preparation and career development: self-awareness, job and employer research, relationship-building, self-marketing, and strategic planning. Focus is primarily non-academic job search, but some class content and work may be targeted to academic search and careers. Career Exploration (BA 1000) This course is designed to help students develop a plan for choosing an academic major(s) and career path through the process of self exploration and career planning. Only open to students in Carlson School of Management. Career and Internship Preparation (CFAN 3201/RM 3201) This course will teach you the skills necessary to find a great job or internship in you major. Topics include resume & cover letter writing, effective interviewing, finding job openings, salary negotiation and much more! Career and Internship Preparation for Design (DES 3201) This course will teach you the skills necessary to find a great job or internship in a design field such as apparel design, graphic design, interior design or architecture. Career Planning (ID 3201) Aides students in learning effective job search skills and helps them identify a good career fit. Career Skills (BA 3000) This sophomore level course teaches resume writing, interviewing and networking. Only open to students in Carlson School of Management. Discovering Majors & Careers (CFAN 1201/DES 1202) This course will help you conduct an extensive assessment of your unique interests, personality, values and skills. You will also be taught how to thoroughly research majors and careers so you can determine which options fit you best. Evolving Health Challenges for Future Health Professionals (AHS 2707) Learn about the challenges you will face as a future health professional. Hear from health professionals involved in both cutting-edge research and innovative programs. Experiences in Health (AHS 1104) Complete volunteer experience in a setting that employs health care professionals, gain valuable experience and earn credit for that experience. Get insights into patients. Exploring Careers in Science and Engineering (CSE 1411) Become familiar about fields within engineering, science, or other industries through informational interviewing & industry guest speakers. Introduction to Agricultural Education and Extension (AFEE 1001) Gain a deeper understanding of the discipline of agricultural education. Law School Exploration (ID 3205) This class is for any pre-law student considering law school. Topics include exploration of law school and beyond as well as aspects of the application process. Major and Career Exploration (ID 1201) Helps undecided students by comparing their unique interests, personality, and values to accurate career information. Orientation in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (FW 1001) Introduction to fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology and related professions. Orientation to Applied Economics (APEC 1001) Introduction to the curriculum, policies and procedures, employment opportunities, and Applied Economics department faculty. Orientation to Clinical Research (AHS 2300) Introduces pre-health students to the field of clinical research, ethical conduct and professionalism, and clinical research methods pertinent to dentistry, medicine, public health, pharmacy, and nursing. Orientation to Health Careers (AHS 1101) A one-credit course designed for undergraduate students who want to explore health sciences majors and professions Orientation to Health Careers (AHS 1102) (online) A one-credit online course designed for undergraduate students who want to explore health sciences majors and professions Orientation to Pharmacy (PHAR 1001) This course covers it all...from workforce issues and rural health to training opportunities and practice settings. Preparing for Careers in Science and Engineering (CSE 1413) Learn how to research companies, industries, and careers related to your major and to gain experience related to your career objective. Discover resources for finding internships and full-time job opportunities. Gain interviewing skills. Develop a resume and cover letter that markets your experience. The Future Physician series (AHS 1600, 1601, 1602) The Health Careers Center, in cooperation with the University of Minnesota Medical School, has created a three-course series of classes for students interested in a career in medicine, and who want to actively plan and prepare for application to medical school.
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