Students with Disabilities

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Below are resources to help you in the career exploration and preparation process, this list is in no means exhaustive but will hopefully guide you as you develop and achieve your career goals.

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.
  • Become a Leader. Employers rank leadership experiences as second in importance when reviewing applicants. Take a leadership role in a student organization or register for a leadership class or workshop.
  • 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

Connect with Professionals and Peers

Connect with Professionals and Peers

Meeting with other students or professionals who have successfully made the transition from student to professional is a great way to gain useful information and network. The following are resources focused on mentorship programs:

Mentoring Fact Sheet

Partners for Youth with Disabilities

American Bar Association Mentor Program

Get involved in student groups on campus.  The Disabled Student Cultural Center and Active Minds are student run organizations for students with disabilities and allies. Other meaningful experiences outside the classroom can be found at Engage!.

Professional associations are groups of people who work in a specific industry or field of study.  You can attend meetings, special events or get to know professionals in some of the following organizations:

American Association of People with Disabilities

Advancing Science, Serving Society

Disability Power and Pride

National Organization on Disability

Independent Living Institute Global Networking

World Institute on Disability

National Business and Disability Council

Create an account on the online professional networking site LinkedIn and join groups such as the Minority Professional Network or Diversity in Minnesota.  

Attend career fairs, organization information sessions/networking events, and employer panels to expand your professional network.  View campus events on GoldPASS or for Carlson School of Management students The Edge.

Your Legal Rights

Your Legal Rights

As a student with a disability you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search or career and what to do should it arise.  The following are resources to help you understand your rights if you encounter discrimination on an application, in a job interview or in the work place.

Campus Career Resources & Events

Campus Career Resources & Events

  • Career Offices
  • GoldPASS: Job and internship database for University of Minnesota students & alumni
  • The Edge: Job, internship and networking database for Carlson School of Management undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni
  • HireMNGrads!: Job and internship database for students & alumni from any Minnesota college
  • Career Events