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
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.
There are a variety of websites for people with disabilities. Here is sampling of some we thought might be most valuable.
Workforce Recruitment Program (for positions in the federal government)
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:
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:
Create an account on the online professional networking site LinkedIn and join groups such as the Minority Professional Network or Diversity in Minnesota.
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.