Multicultural Students

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Things to Consider

  • As you think about your career, consider what value your diverse background brings to a position and organization. Remember some employers appreciate the unique insight multicultural students can bring to their position!
  • Consider what cultural communication differences may exist in an interview and learn strategies for interview success—set up an appointment with a career counselor in your career office for help.
  • Do you want to work at an organization that values diversity?  Check company rankings regarding commitment to diversity at DiversityInc.
  • Critically evaluate companies, such as:
    • Does the organization offer diversity trainings or workshops?
    • What policies does the organization have on religious observances (prayer room, etc)?
    • Does the company mention Equal Opportunity and do they have any specific mention of diversity on their website and in their mission statement?

Getting Your Career on Track

Getting Your Career on Track

Landing a great job after graduation, or getting into graduate school, takes more than simply going to class each day. A few tips and facts are listed below to give you some insight on what you can do now to succeed after graduation!

 

  • Explore your Options.  Explore your interests, strengths, personality, and values and how these relate to major and career options. Start by making an appointment with a career counselor in your career office.
  • Get Experience. 50% of employers expect students to have 2 or more internships by graduation and graduate schools like applicants who have conducted research. Don’t know where to begin? Your career office can help you get started!
  • Visit Career Services. Career services staff members are experts in helping students reach their career goals.  Because we regularly talk to employers in your industry, we have more insight than you will find through general online resources.  Contact your career services office to schedule an appointment.

Career Resources

Career Resources

While there are countless online career resources for multicultural students, we have summarized these five high-quality resources to help you as you search for jobs and internships:

 

INROADS “The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.”

IMDiversity.com  Job bank and resources for specific diverse groups.

Quintessential Careers Provides links to career and job sites focused for people from diverse backgrounds.

DiversityInc  A national job search engine for people of diverse backgrounds.

St.Paul Chamber of Commerce,  Provides a list of professional associations and affinity groups that connect people of diverse populations by industries of interest.

Connect with Professionals and Peers

Connect with Professionals and Peers

Meeting with multicultural professionals or others who work in your career area of interest can be a great way to get career advice and find leads on positions.  Below are a few ways you can find people in industry who might be able to help.

 

  • Ask family, friends, advisors, community leaders, or instructors if they know any multicultural professionals who you can speak with for advice on your career plans.
  • Professional associations are groups of people who work in a similar industry that meet to conduct professional development and to network.  Research professional associations related to your field that may also be for multicultural populations. Attending organization meetings can be a way to find professionals eager to help you navigate the world of work.  To find professional groups check out Weddle’s  or simply Google using key words such as “Multicultural Engineers Professional Association”.
  • Create an account on the online professional networking site LinkedIn.com and join groups such as the Minority Professional Network or Diversity in Minnesota.  Don’t know about LinkedIn?  Check out our Online LinkedIn Tutorial for tips!
  • Join student groups that relate to your professional goals.  This is a great way to network with your peers and many groups bring in professionals in the field to speak with students.
  • Attend career fairs, organization information sessions/networking events, and employer panels to expand your professional network.  View campus events at GoldPASS, or for Carlson School of Management students, visit The Edge.

Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of contacting a professional? You’re not alone!  Calling a stranger and asking for advice makes most students a little nervous.  To get some tips to help you through this process, simply call your career center and ask for an appointment with a career staff member.  We will coach you on what to say when you call a professional, what kinds of questions to ask and how to make the best impression.

Your Legal Rights

Your Legal Rights

As a multicultural student, you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search or career and how to handle this should it arise.  Below you will find some resources to help you understand your rights if you encounter discrimination in a job interview or in the work place. To learn about what constitutes an illegal interview question and how to handle it if the situation happens in a job interview read the article title Handling Improper Interview Questions written by career experts from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.  If you experience discrimination once you are in a job, check out Dealing with Discrimination: Tips for Employees.