How to Use the Graduate Follow-up Report

By: Meg

We’ve talked about the Graduate Follow-up Report before. We ask UMD grads what they’re doing their first year out of college. But what does that mean to you, those who are currently in college? How can you use it?

Choosing a Major

Go ahead and take a look at what people are doing the year after they graduate. In any field, there are going to be those who find their “big kid” job right off the bat, and those who don’t. Don’t be discouraged, but take that into consideration when you’re deciding on a major. How many are going to grad school? How many are working retail? How many are doing what you want to be doing?

By Major reports

Job Search

When you’re first jumping into the job search, it can be a bit daunting. What are you even looking for? To get an idea for titles to search for, just look at recent graduates job titles. If it sounds like something you could do, go for it. If it comes up multiple times in the report, you might want to look into it. These are jobs that graduates in your major got within a year of graduating. It’s an excellent place to start.

Follow-up of majors (listing positions & organizations where people are working and also graduate & professional schools people are attending)

Follow-up of teaching majors


In some majors, internships are an integral part of the learning process. In others, they’re an important addition. You can take a look at the report for the major you’re thinking about, or already in, and the percentage that did an internship. It also tells you how many of them got a job offer! Now, if you do some sleuthing, you might be able to figure out a few employers who you could do an internship with that might be willing to hire after completion. It might just give you an idea of where you should be looking for an internship, but that’s super important too!

Internship data by major

Job Relevance

Not everybody works in their field right off the bat when they graduate. Some of them need a break, some of them are biding time before graduate school, and some are saving up for traveling. Some aren’t finding a job that fits them in their field. It’s important to remember that you’re looking at numbers, not the whole story. But you can get the general idea of how many people in your major are finding a job that they consider relevant right off the bat.

All majors; CEHSP; CLA; LSBE; SFA; SCSE; Teaching

Pay Scale

It’s not all about money, but very few of us leave college without debt. So what we make the first few years out of school is important. The follow-up report lists the low, high, mean, and median reported salaries for each major. It’s a good place to look for a ballpark figure. Then you can take a look at the kinds of jobs people are working and see if that works for you. It can also give you an idea of where to start if you find yourself negotiating salary.

Reported annual salaries

The Graduate Follow-up Report is an incredibly useful tool. Find the major you want to look into, and take some time to look into it. If you want any help navigating, or want to talk about what you find, stop by Career and Internship Services and we’ll get you started.

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8 (More) Jobs You Can do with Anthropology

By: Meg

February 19th is National Anthropology Day! I wrote a while ago about what you can do with Anthropology. Working in the field is great, but there’s so much more you can do with it!

Anthropology Jobs

Non Profits and Government

Working between the government and the people is a great place for Anthropologists. The background in cultural diversity that you get learning Anthropology, even at an undergrad level, makes it a lot easier to figure out the right path. The holistic perspective that we learn comes in handy: whether it’s community planning, advocacy, or in the House of Representatives, your job is to understand the issue from all sides.

The newly elected President of Afghanistan is an Anthropologist! You can bet that he is going to have his work cut out for him, but I think his background will help.

Health Education

All around the world, we’re concerned with being healthy. So we have “experts” in “health” who teach us how to do everything we already know that we should do better. Health Education is a really useful tool to make sure that everybody knows the facts about their health. Here in the U.S. we have organizations like Planned Parenthood that hand out condoms and have discussions about it. In some cases, that means taking cultural and religious considerations. Around the world we have a need for people to discuss nutrition, HIV, and whatever else you can think of.


Of course, you can go into the Education system. Often those doing research in the Anthropology are also working as instructors at the college level. It’s a good jumping off point for writing and researching. In addition, if teaching is your calling, you can learn about anything with an Anthropological perspective. You can teach about other cultures, or health, business, really anything.

Fine Arts

There are quite a very successful people working in fine arts that have degrees in Anthropology. Learning about other cultures can help with acting, and art (in any form) is a fantastic way to show your appreciation for a culture. Giada de Laurentiis, Glenn Close, and Ashley Judd were all Anthropology majors.


Linguistics is a subfield in Anthropology, meaning you’re going to find a lot of Anth majors who really care about language. Authors, editors, publishers, poets, comedians. You can do whatever you want with language, and have the background to help you understand others.


The corporate world takes Anthropology seriously. They hire Anthropologists as consultants to help them devise business plans and products. You can also create your own business. A little bit of experience in the business world and you’re set.

Human Resources

Just like HR is full of Psych majors, there are plenty of Anth majors there as well. They perform a lot of the same functions: ensuring optimal environment and business practices. You can also work internationally if you have some experience with the culture you’re practicing in. A lot of Anthropology departments have regionally focused classes and the language to match, so go ahead and play with your electives to get the focus you want.


With a focus in Biological Anthropology and some pre-med requirements, you can go to Medical school with your degree. It’s important for our Doctors to understand the culture of their patients, and Anthropology can help to open your mind to that. There are quite a few classes on physiology and evolution to help you get a complete (holistic) understanding of our species. You can also be a medical examiner or go into Forensics (which I talked about in my last post).

With these in mind, take an Anthropology course in something that interests you. Who knows, it might be the perspective you were looking for.

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The Top 3 Things to Take Away From “10 Career Tips for 20-Somethings”

By: Meg

I recently read an opinion post written for Forbes by Mary Ray as a part of YEC Women (Young Entrepreneur Council), a program for mentoring young female business professionals. Her post was written with women in mind, but it does apply to everyone working their way up their career path. It’s not about how to make money, or the decisions you should make. This article is about the things you can do to make life easier for yourself, to be successful as a working person, not just at work. You should definitely take a look at the full article here: 10 Career Tips for a 20-Something.

Tips for 20-somethings

Here’s what I took out of it:

Take care

Above all, when setting yourself up for success you need to remember you. It’s easy to forget yourself among all of the stress of finals, job interviews, work, etc. that the whole point is to be happy with where we are. So yes, work hard, but also spend time with yourself and the people who make you happy. Schedule it in if you have to. Just make sure that you’re taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. How? From the article:

  • Work out- however you want, just get your heart pumping
  • Surround yourself with people who support you
  • “Every night, think of three positive things from the day”

Advocate for yourself

When it comes to your career, there is nobody who is going to make sure you’re reaching your goals. That’s all up to you. You need to be able to stand up for yourself: Negotiate that raise, be heard in meetings, only take on what you can handle, etc. Be confident! The best thing you can do for yourself is to know that you are good, and that you deserve to be treated that way.

Cultivate relationships

You need people around you. So does everyone else. That’s why networking is a huge part of the working world. The people you are working with understand the world you’re in, so they’re good people to have with you when you need to vent. They’re also good if/when you move on. Don’t forget about the people in your past. Former bosses and coworkers are still people you can call on, so make sure to keep those relationships in good standing.

I can definitely see why this was written by someone mentoring young women. Often, we forget that we have to take care of ourselves, not just everyone else. We need to practice advocating for ourselves, and that’s often really hard to do. So I think it’s important to remind yourself of that pretty often. I’m personally bookmarking this…and putting it in as a task for next semester’s finals week to make me feel better.

Overall, the one thing us Millennials need to remember is that our career is for us. It does no good to have a killer resume if at the end of the day we’re not happy.

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What to Think About: Masters of Social Work (MSW)

By: Meg


Why would you want to get a MSW? If you’re interested in Social Work, it’s definitely something to think about. In order to be a social worker, you have to actually have a degree in Social Work. You can do that with a Bachelor’s, but if that’s not an option, you can get an MSW.

If you do have a BSW, you can think about advancement potential. In order to do independent counseling or get into administration, you’ll need a Master’s. Chances are you’ll only need 1 year of full-time course work to get there, though!


First thing to check when you are looking at MSW programs is whether they’re accredited or not. If they aren’t, you won’t be able to get a job as a social worker. It’s not worth your time. Check to make sure the schools you’re looking at are accredited.

Field Placement

Social Work programs will all have some kind of field placement/internship. These are required to get your license, so it’s important not to skip over. There are usually two placement experiences, one the first year and one the second year. If you have a BSW, you’ve already done something similar. The one thing not all programs have in common is how you get to your placements. Some programs assign you to them, while others have you find them by yourself. There’s a lot of variation to be had. I’ve heard of several programs who assign your first year internship, then you find your second year experience. When you’re assigned an internship you don’t have a lot of choice, but you will definitely have one set up with an organization your school trusts. On the other hand, if they leave you on your own to set it up, you might end up scrambling trying to get everything approved.

Focus (or not)

Some schools have a very general approach, and your focus would come in mostly during field placement. UMD’s MSW program is very generalized. There are a few classes that pertain to working with Native American culture, but they make sure that you’re prepared for whatever focus you end up in, even if it changes. Other programs may have a focus in child and family, adolescents, mental health, substance use, etc. If you know your focus, you might think of going to a school within that, so long as it also has a generalized base. You want to make sure that you have the skills if your goals ever change.

There’s a lot to consider when thinking about Graduate School. If you want help figuring it out, stop by Career and Internship Services and set up an appointment with a counselor. You could also stop in to the Social Work office to ask about it.

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I Just go to Classes… and…

By: Meg

We talk a lot about how important a resume is, how to set one up, etc. I bet there are a bunch of you behind your computer screens thinking “I’ve done none of this. I don’t have time for an internship. What does this mean for me?”

You really do a lot. As college students, we have a lot on our plate, even when we’re not directly planning for our career. So what are we doing every day that is helping us get to where we’re going?

Classes- major and electives

First of all, you’re studying. That is your number one job. Getting the degree you’ve invested time and money into. A Bachelor’s is showing your future employers that you can commit. The classes you’re taking are teaching you how to think, furthering your knowledge base, and expanding your horizons. Every time you learn something new you are becoming more valuable to your future employer. Don’t think it’s not important.

Jobs– even the part-time, work-study, fast food ones

There are certain skills that every employee needs. You can pick up these transferable skills at almost any job, but employers need to see evidence of them. Working at McDonald’s might not be glamorous, but you can show the skills that you learned and refined working there (like time management). School is a full-time job, adding anything on top of that is impressive and needs to be noted.


Every hour you spend doing volunteer work, whether it’s at a nursing home, a community garden, animal rescue, politics, or whatever else you can dream of, is building your resume. You’re creating relationships and developing your skills and interests. It helps.


Sports teams may not seem like the most resume-worthy activity, but it’s a lot of commitment. I’ve never heard of a sport that didn’t practice for several hours a week (if not a day), as well as have games. Even in the off season you need to stay in shape. You’re also working on team building (even if it’s not a team sport, you still have your team to keep you working hard), and leadership skills.

Student Organizations

Being a part of a organization on campus may not seem like a lot if you’re not a leader at this point, but your interests are important.  They’ve actually done studies and found that people who are involved in student orgs tend to get better grades and are more likely to get a degree. Don’t worry about being in the major-related clubs either, if you don’t want to. Doing something you like means you’re more likely to stay involved, and eventually get a leadership role.

Now, you’re probably not doing everything on this list. That’s a lot. But you’re probably doing more than you realize. So don’t worry so much about having the perfect “resume” activities. Spend some time developing yourself, too. Don’t forget to stop in to our Drop-In hours to figure out how to put all the stuff you’re doing on your resume!

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4 Tips to Ace the Interview

By: Meg

Welcome back everyone! Start of a new school year means the start of new grad school apps, internship opportunities, and everything else.

4 Tips for Interview

Dress appropriately

We’ve done quite a bit on dressing for the job search, and it can’t be stressed enough: You have to look the part. A good rule of thumb is to dress one “grade” above what you expect to wear everyday on the job. Generally that means Business Professional. That doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re going to a funeral, though. Put a little bit of you into it. You should feel good in what you’re wearing. It doesn’t matter how professional you look in a pencil skirt and heels if you can’t walk. Here are ideas for women and men.

Know about the employer

You should always go in to any kind of interview knowing something about the company that makes you want to work for them. They may not ask specifically what you know about the company, but a lot of employers will ask “Why do you want to work for us?”. You should have a few tidbits that show that you’ve done your research, and that you understand what it means. For example, if I’m looking to work in Human Services in Duluth, I need to know about the Duluth Model and that most of them work together.

Story Time: I interviewed this summer for a job that I unfortunately didn’t get. I did get to talk with the Director of the organization for a bit, though. And when she ended the call, she told me how much she appreciated me knowing about what the company has done. This was something that apparently didn’t happen too often.

Know yourself

You also need to go into an interview knowing about yourself. Know how to condense your history into a few seconds to get them interested in you as a person. The age old “tell me about yourself” is a perfect way for you to stand out. Don’t waste it. Talk about the experiences that you’ve had that are unique and have helped you be ready for this job. If you have an interesting hobby that won’t take long to describe, go ahead and throw that in there. Let yourself relax and show them the real you.

Ask the right questions

Often, an employer will end the interview with “Do you have any questions for us?”. Always have questions ready to ask them. This is a great way to show that you really do care about this position. If there are some questions from the interview that piqued your interest, go ahead and delve in. “What were you referring to when….”Ask about the office culture. This is not just for show; you want to know if you’ll fit in well there. So do they. It doesn’t hurt to have a list of a few questions about the company overall that you can ask if nothing comes up in the interview. We’ve also written a whole post about this.

Good luck in all your interviews! You can always come down to Career and Internship Services if you want advice, to practice, or to polish up your resume.

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Conduct a Successful Internship Search

By: Megan

An internship is an invaluable experience that will help you to build your resume. We’ve talked about them quite a bit, but before you even think of what to wear and how to act, you have to find that internship.

Internship Search


First place I’m going to send you is GoldPASS. We’ve talked about it before. There are tons of postings on there, and you can apply right on the site generally. Internships (especially those on campus) can be posted on the U of M HR website. Use your LinkedIn account to expand your network. Sometimes former classmates end up exactly where you want to be, and you can talk to them about how they got there. You can also look at our Internships page for more places to look online.


Go to your department! Some majors require an internship. If so, it is almost certain they have a list of where students have interned for in the past. Sometimes you are required to go through an internship prep course which will help you find and prepare for an internship. Even if your department doesn’t have an institutionalized internship program, your Professors might know of some places students have worked with. They might know of some open positions right now!


Start with your professors, supervisors, advisors, and people who worked with your student group and know your field. Use your network to find out all the opportunities you can take advantage of. If you have volunteered in a related field, talk to your supervisor there. Human Service fields tend to all be connected, and they will definitely know something. Find a mentor, and be sure to thank them when you get the job! Our Career Handbook has some great tips on networking.

Career & Internship Services

This is a lot, right? If you feel like you need some help sorting through listings or even finding them, you can set up an appointment and talk to one of our Career Counselors. You can also stop in to our Career Resource Center and go over your GoldPASS and LinkedIn accounts with a Peer Educator, and take a look at some of our books on different fields and careers.

Hopefully I’ve given you a little bit of a game plan. You can always ask for help. We’re students; we’re supposed to be learning! Don’t worry if you don’t find the perfect internship (or any) just yet. Sometimes they just fall in your lap. If you’re looking, you’ll find something when it’s available.

Good luck!

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