National Career Development Month

By: Ashley

Hey everyone, so this month, the month of November is a special month here at Career & Internship Services. November is officially National Career Development Month. This year, National Career Development week is November 10-14 and National Career Development Day is November 12th, and we have some great networking events planned. National Career Development Month is a celebration created by the National Career Development Association (NCDA) who hope to inspire and empower the achievement of career and life goals in everyone.

This year in our office we set a theme for this development month, that theme being “Imagining Career Possibilities”. I want to also mention that if you stop by Career & Internship Services during the month of November and share your “Career Possibilities” you can enter into a drawing for some cool prizes! As for the events going on this month there are a few big ones.

National Career Dev Month 2014

November 12th there is going to be an open house in our office (SCC 22) from 11am-1pm and everyone is welcome to attend. November 19th there will be a networking event held in the Multicultural Center from 11am-1pm and everyone is welcome to this event as well. This event will provide you with the opportunity to practice networking, which is great if you’ve never been to a networking event before. Later that same day at 5:30pm the Duluth Networking Night event will be held at the Greysolon Plaza Ballroom in Downtown Duluth which is just a fun, informal gathering, where UMD juniors and seniors can mingle and network with professionals. Practice your networking skills, hear professionals’ career experiences and advice, and find out about the great opportunities in Duluth. For this event it is asked that you RSVP by the 12th.

I encourage everyone to put themselves out there and attend these great networking opportunities during National Career Development Month. After all, aren’t we all in college for that exact reason, to develop ourselves and our skills so we can step out into that professional world feeling confident. I also encourage everyone to think about their career possibilities, everyone has them. For me, it’s the possibility of becoming a medical laboratory scientist, for some it could be to become a counselor, an engineer, a social worker, or an actor. Everyone has dreams, and those dreams are potential careers. Have a great National Career Development Month, Bulldogs! As always, if you have questions about your own career path there are career counselors in our office who would love to help you out.

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Welcome to the Fall 2014 Semester!

By: Ashley

Hey Bulldogs! Everyone here at Career & Internship Services wants to welcome all of you sophomore, juniors, and seniors back and we want to give a special welcome to all the new freshmen! Classes are now in session and some of us know the drill and for others it’s a whole new experience. The significance of this post is to introduce (or refresh your memory) all the services we offer here in our office (SCC 22).

So if you find yourself needing help with:

Then Career & Internship Services is the place that has the answers for you! Of course the above list is not all inclusive, we offer many more services designed to help all current and former University of Minnesota Duluth students. Many students come in for a variety of things; below are a few more of our services summarized in case you are unfamiliar with our office.

One-on-one Career Counseling

Career counselors are available to meet with students and alumni to provide professional guidance in order to help those students/alumni to succeed in an evolving global workforce. They have the tools and the know how to help you find your way, whether you have a  dream to study abroad, to find an internship, go to graduate school, or  if you need help deciding on your major, our counselors can help guide you towards the resources needed to make your dreams a reality.

Career Assessments

We offer 3 in-depth career assessments in our office that are designed to help you along your path towards finding a career that is right for you, if you choose to take one of the assessments an appointment is scheduled with a counselor where they sit down and interpret the results with you. The three assessments we offer are:

  • Strong Interest Inventory – designed to compare your interests with interests of other people in various career fields and generates a list of occupations that relate to your interests.
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator – identifies your personality type which is then related to potential career fields and working environments.
  • StrengthsQuest – identifies you top 5 strengths and relates them to your educational and career plans.

Workshops

We hold several workshops designed to benefit all the students at UMD, below are some of the workshops:

  • Getting ready for the job & internship fair workshop- where you can find out what to wear, what to bring, and how to make a good impression
  • Getting ready for the education job fair workshop- where you can find out what to wear, what to bring, and how to make a good impression. This workshop is tailored for teaching and education services majors.
  • How to land an internship workshop- where you learn about tips and resources to help you land that internship.
  • Interviewing workshop- where you learn what it takes to be successful in an interview while practicing your own skills and receiving feedback during this hands-on workshop
  • Preparing for graduate & professional school workshop where you learn about the timeline for applying, different pieces that are required in the application, deadlines and helpful tips to prepare your application.
  • Writing personal statements workshop -where you work on writing a personal statement for graduate or professional school

Resume and LinkedIn/GoldPASS Drop-In Hours

Drop-in hours were created because we know students have a busy schedule. We’ve designated times for when students can stop by and get a little help from our Peer Educators and Career Counselors, drop-ins are located in our Career Resource Center in SCC 22.

  • Resume Drop-In Hours – Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 pm
    • September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
    • October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
    • November 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
    • December 2, 3, 9, 10
  • LinkedIn/GoldPASS Drop-In Hours – Every Thursday from 2-4 pm
    • September 4, 11, 18, 25
    • October 9, 16, 23, 30
    • November 6, 13, 20
    • December 4, 11

Alongside all the things listed above, we also provide the Graduate Follow-Up Report, InterviewStream, GoldPASS, cover letter help, and so much more. As you can see we offer a lot of services that are tailored to the needs of our students and all we ask in return for these services is that you use them! So if you need some help or just have some basic questions don’t hesitate to pop on in, we would be happy to help. We are open Monday- Friday from 8am- 4:30pm and are located in Solon Campus Center 22, hope to see you there!

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Getting Ready for Career Fairs

Classes start up in just under a month. Crazy, right? Where has the summer gone? Shortly after classes start, the career fairs start. Career fairs are great events to attend if you want to find a job or internship, and also just to network with employers in order to set yourself up well for when you are looking for a job or internship. We want you to be as prepared as possible! Once the semester starts, we’ll have more posts to get you ready for the fairs. For now, here is a round-up of posts we’ve written about getting ready & surviving career fairs, along with information for the different career fairs & related events happening this Fall.

Getting Ready for Career Fairs

Dress for Success!

Super helpful Pinterest boards

Career Fairs

Related Events Schedule

  • Resume Drop-ins have every Tuesday and Wednesday, 2-4pm in Solon Campus Center 22 (our office). All you have to do is bring a copy of your resume and your questions for a quick 5-10 minutes. No appointment needed! Trained students and a couple career counselors will be available to see you. This is great if you have a crazy schedule or are not able to make an appointment with one of the career counselors.
  • Getting Ready for the Job Fair workshop: Sept 11, 12, 25, 26, and Oct 22. All workshops are 4-5pm, in SCC 22. Get great tips for everything from your resume to dress to talking with the employers to following up with them.