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.
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.
Attend career fairs, organization information sessions/networking events, and employer panels to expand your professional network. View campus events on Handshake.
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.
- Handling Improper Interview Questions
- For local legal resource specifically related to disability contact the Minnesota Disability Law Center.
- National legal rights resources
- UMN Student Legal Service: free legal advice and respresentation to UMN, Twin Cities fee-paying students
- UMN Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action: addresses any concerns of discrimination within the UMN community