A Guide for Alumni

By: PJay

I would like to write this post for the UMD alumni. Last year, most of my friends and peers who I looked up to graduated. Some have jobs, some went to graduate or professional school, and some are still discovering what they want to do with their unique majors. For those of you who feel like you have no idea what you are doing, you’ve come to the right place! This post is going to give you some goodies about our office and tips for you to rediscover your passion.

UMD Commencement overhead view

After graduation, you can still use all of the services in our office for FREE!!!
We are literally one phone call away. Whether you have questions about jobs, resume, personality assessments, graduate school, please contact us. Being an alumnus does not mean we forget about you. We want you to succeed. We love helping people and want you to get on the right path for you.

We offer phone and Google Hangout or Skype appointments.
The reality is that after we graduate, we will probably be relocating somewhere else. Even if you can’t make it physically to our office, we will still do our best to help you in other ways. By using the beauty of technology, the career counselors can still meet with you one-on-one to make sure your appointments are accessible wherever you are.

If you are a recent graduate, can still attend the U of M job fairs.
Being a “recent graduate” means that you have graduated within the past three years. Take advantage of this! These job fairs are some of the most life-changing events. Not only do you meet your potential employers, you also meet new people to find new opportunities.

Push yourself to ask for help.
I understand you may feel embarrassed to ask for assistance to find a job, but trust me, we get phone calls about this more than you would think. The world is a competitive place to live in, so do not feel ashamed if you don’t get your dream job right away. But in the meantime, don’t be afraid to practice for that career. It might just be that your resume needs a little more tweaking, or that you need should set up a mock interview for more practice. Whatever it is, our office is here for you.

Lastly, remember to not compare yourself to others.
It may seem like all your friends have their life together. But the honest truth is everyone faces adversity. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others. Also, take life at your own pace. Your life story is perfectly and uniquely written for you. Your opportunities are just not here yet, but with time, everything will come together.

I know you may be questioning: “why haven’t I found a job yet?” or “did I make the right decisions in college?” or other questions about your worth. But know that you are worth something to someone. Take this time to reflect on what you can be doing to change the way you feel, rather than doubting yourself. I know you are more special than you think you are. You survived some of the biggest changes and challenges in your life, your college years. Therefore I know you can do anything you want. Just put your mind into it and everything will fall into place.

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Game of Thrones Characters Choose Careers

By: Kirsi (a major Game of Thrones fan)

If a Game of Thrones character walked into Career and Internship Services… What kinds of questions would they ask? Would they come in with a plan of action? Or be completely bamboozled?

Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones

Tyrion Lannister
Despite confidence he could land an internship by sweet talking recruiters without even practicing an elevator speech, Tyrion decided to make use of all available resources and seek professional career advice. Tyrion strutted into SCC 22 with a battle plan – draft of a resume, draft of a cover letter and a couple of positions he wanted to apply for. Among the desired positions included a Pathways Internship with the Department of Defense, a summer internship with the NSA (National Security Agency) and a semester long opportunity at the White House. Tyrion picked a Peer Educator’s brain, finding ways to reword his accomplishments and best communicate his qualifications.

Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

Daenerys Targaryen
Slamming her hands on our welcome desk Daenerys demanded an internship. Surprised that the … enthusiasm… was coming from a student and not a parent, a Peer Educator explained that students have to pick out desired opportunities and the office helps with the application process. Daenerys understood that landing an internship would set her on the path to victory to rule the Seven Kingdoms, whatever that means, but did not know what industry she would fit best in. A Peer Educator set her up with career assessments; StrengthsQuest, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and the Strong Interest Inventory. After discussing results with a Career Counselor, Daenerys found her top strength is “Activator”, she identifies as an INFP (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving) through the MBTI, and she would be good at circuit speaking and political campaign interning.

John Snow Game of Thrones

John Snow
John is the comeback kid of our office. He has been rejected from career opportunities after online applications, interviews, and cold calling but does not lose hope. John Snow first came into the SCC 22 knowing nothing except that he wanted to work in cooler climates, like Antarctica or Alaska. After scheduling an appointment and meeting with a career counselor, John found a great research opportunity studying ice cores with the United States Antarctica Program, job openings for students in Alaska, and plans to talk to UMD’s Study Abroad Office about a semester in Europe.

Cersei Lannister Game of Thrones

Cersei Lannister
Sitting on a throne of academic awards, A+ essays and a senior design project Cersei asks “Now what?”. She, unfortunately, waited until her senior year to visit Career and Internship Services. Although it is ideal to stop in SCC 22 as early as freshman year it is not too late for Cersei to take complete control of her future! Fortunately during her years at UMD Cersei was involved in student organizations such as Greek life, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology Club, Political Science Association, Socratic Society and rugby to enhance her resume. A Peer Educator showed Cersei how to use GoldPASS, a portal of job postings especially catered for University of Minnesota schools students. After her resume was approved Cersei found dozens of jobs she was qualified for.

Samwell Tarly Game of Thrones

Samwell Tarly
Shy yet armed with tons of knowledge Sam sought interviewing help in preparation for the Fall E-Fest Job and Internship Fair. Sam wants to intern at an engineering firm next summer, familiarize himself with popular interview questions and curb his social awkwardness. A Peer Educator shared helpful interview tips with Sam and showed him how to use InterviewStream, an online interview practice tool. Sam quickly became conscious about the number of “um”s he uses.

Photos by HBO, Paul Schiraldi and Sloan Helen from “Game of Thrones”

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Starting the School Year

Happy first day of classes!

If you’re brand new to UMD, welcome! Not new? Welcome back! It’s been a little too quiet around here without you this summer. With the start of the school year, we thought it would be helpful to remind you of our services and upcoming events we have.

Contrary to popular belief, we work with students of all ages…not just juniors and seniors. Here’s a rundown of why you may want to stop by SCC 22 in the Wedge.

You are:

  • trying to figure out your major and/or minor (picking, changing, confirming, etc).
  • looking for an internship or job.
  • exploring career options for your major.
  • wanting to start your resume or have it reviewed.
  • getting ready for job fairs, interviews, and/or applying to professional or graduate school.
  • wondering what your options are for graduate school.
  • lost, and want to find your way (on-campus or in life).

We’re here for you!

Welcome CIS

Upcoming events to keep in mind:

  • Workshop schedule (first one is Sept 5th).
  • Sept 14: E-Fest Job & Internship Fair for science, engineering, and computer science majors.
  • Resume Drop-ins are every Tuesday and Wednesday, 2-4pm, in SCC 22, while classes are in session. Yep, they start on Tuesday!
  • LinkedIn/GoldPASS drop-ins are every Thursday, 2-4pm, in SCC 22, while classes are in session. They start on Thursday.
  • You can stop by to have your resume reviewed anytime we’re open, M-F 8-4:30pm.
  • Oct 6: Head of the Lakes Job & Internship Fair for everyone.
  • Employers will be interviewing on-campus. Check GoldPASS for the latest schedule.
  • Full event schedule.

Cool New Features for 2016-17

  • We are collaborating with Disability Resources both in-person and online. Our two offices are working together to bring you a workshop series to help address the unique challenges students may face related to disability and the job search. Starting next week we’ll be launching a year-long blog collaboration to address topics around disabilities in the workplace. We’re sooo excited about this collaboration.
  • #BulldogOnTheJob is a new blog series we’re launching this week. Every few weeks we’ll be featuring UMD alumni as they share their journeys and advice about life after UMD.

Feel free to check our office website for information on everything related to careers. Stay tuned to the blog awesome new topics from students, for students, coming your way!

Ways to Use Career & Internship Services During the Summer

By: Lexi

The end of the semester is approaching very fast, which means one thing, summer. It is the time of year everyone looks forward to (especially us Minnesotans). It is a time of sun, lake days, boating, swimming, going to the beach, picnics, baseball games, and maybe even a spontaneous road trip. But it is also a time of work to make money to pay for college. It should also be a time to keep up with your student life. I know more school-related tasks is the last thing that you want to do this summer, but it is a great time to get ahead or catch up. Our office is a great way to keep your life on track this summer. And yes, we are open!

Use Career During Summer

Have you graduated or are you a soon-to-be graduate? I know what you are probably thinking, I have to grow up? What happened to nap time and coloring books? The time has come for you to grow into an adult and we can help. Come to our office for assistance with planning for graduate or professional school if you are wanting to continue your education. We also can help out with the tough essays you need to write to get into grad school, like personal statements! If you work with one of our counselors, you’ll be sure to leave with a freshly polished personal statement. If grad school is not in your future, but a professional job is, we can assist with that, too! We are here for every step of your job search. We also can help you revamp that resume and cover letter.

Are you an undergraduate student? Our office can help you also! We would love to help update or start a new resume and cover letter. Check out our handbook for tips if you are making a new resume! We can also show you how to work and update GoldPASS or LinkedIn. Your online image is extremely important since technology and the internet is so popular with our generation. Employers are checking these websites so it is a good idea to keep them as appropriate and professional as possible. We can also help you find a job, internship, or volunteer work during your few months off! Or for when you come back to school in the Fall. Another good idea is to take career assessments if you are still unsure about what you want to major in, what career path you would like to take, or if you would just like to learn more about yourself. We offer the Meyers-Briggs Inventory, the Strengths Quest Inventory, and the Strong Interest Inventory.

Are you a new freshman or transfer student? If you are new to the UMD campus then you should definitely take the time to learn what the Career and Internship Services office does! Stop into our office (Solon Campus Center 22) during your Orientation day and meet the staff or get advice for the upcoming Fall semester. You can also take assessments to figure out what major(s) at UMD would fit you best. This will also help you decide which classes to take, because we know how stressful it can be to figure out what classes to take when you have no idea what you want to do. Already have Orientation and are second-guessing the path you’re starting, the career counselors are available for in-person, phone, and Google Hangout appointments all summer.

Our summer hours will be Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm. We’ll have counselor appointments available and possibly limited resume review drop-in services. We can conduct appointments in-person, over the phone, or even via Google Hangout. Are you an alum? Don’t forget you can use our services for free, forever.

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From Peasant to Prefect: How to Make your Professional Life as Good as a Fairy Tale

By: Willow

Editor’s note: We’re trying something a little different for today’s blog post. Enjoy!

There once was a peasant who lived far away
She hated her job, she did not want to stay
So she asked her mother, “What do I do?”
Mother said, “Apply to jobs fast or you’ll turn into a shrew.”
“Apply to jobs?” Cried the peasant, I don’t know where to start.
“Don’t worry there is a queen up the mountain who has it down to an art.”

So she went up the mountain, it was a quite a big hike.
She arrived at the castle, it was such a great sight.
She knocked on the door, feeling nervous and shy.
A young man opened it shouting, “You are here, but why?”
“I must speak to the queen, I’m in great job hunting trouble”
“Well then I shall get the queen to help you on the double!”

The queen ran down the stairs, “Who needs my assistance?”
“This young girl,” said the man, “Do you think she can do the distance?”
“I believe in her greatly,” the queen replied, “Let’s get started.”
“I’m ready to work,” said the peasant, “I am nervous though, I might have just farted.”
“… Let’s ignore that, we have work to do.”
“I’m ready to start, and I ain’t no fool.”

“Well first thing is your resume, let’s take a look at that.
Oh! You have many skills and can wear many hats.
Cater your resume to the job that you seek,
Don’t be too flashy, but don’t make it bleak.
You need a cover letter for each application,
Something to make them interested without hesitation.”

“I guess I understand that,” the peasant replied.
“Stick with me,” the queen said, “I’ll be your guide.
Let’s start with GoldPASS, it is quite the site.
I’ll make you a profile, and you’ll see the light.”
The peasant found four jobs she was ready to apply.
But there was so much to do, she let out a sigh.

“Now don’t you worry, we’re halfway there.
I’ll tell you the rest, sit down in that chair.
Each job needs a resume, references, and cover letter,
I’m sure we can show them you’re quite the go-getter.
Think of four people who know you so well,
They should have many good things they are not afraid to tell.”

“Now that you have applied let’s talk interviews
They are quite exciting that I promise you.
Dress as nice as you can, you want to look well,
For your own value you are going to sell.”
“I think I understand, I’m getting this now,
I’m off to get a job, now I know just how!”

So the peasant went off to take on the world,
Her wildest dreams soon unfurled.
She became so many things through her long happy life
From teacher to dancer and even midwife.
So the moral of the story, as you can see,
Get help from the queen and fulfilled you will be.
*Author’s note, in this story the queen is a metaphor for the Career & Internship Services Office, stop in at SCC 22 and see us for your life to become a fairy tail!*

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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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