Career Readiness Projects

2017-2018 Projects and Milestones

CLA's committment to Career Readiness is impacting the student experience through a variety of projects led by the Office of Undergraduate Education.  The following projects support the ongoing conversation with CLA students about the value of their liberal arts education.

Get Ready Website

The Get Ready site centers students’ needs, and features a collection of inspiring resources and videos helping students understand the value of their liberal arts education. The Core Career Competencies are defined and explained, providing an additional lens through which students can plan their education. For example, through short videos, CLA alumni tell their own stories of how these competencies have helped them build their careers in surprising ways. The resources motivate students to engage with RATE, maximizing the tool’s benefit to prepare students for translating their own experiences. Faculty have access to these resources as well. Students in CLA’s career courses and First Year Experience course will engage with the Get Ready tools and resources.  


RATE is both a metacognitive habit and a tool. RATE’s reflective learning self-assessment approach is based on the premise that students are on a developmental path related to their Core Career Competencies. It prompts learners to imagine their future selves, and gives practical feedback on how to specifically build on those competencies and draw out those connections with their coursework.

RATE was collaboratively developed by a team of faculty and staff from across CLA and piloted in several courses. It provides a stimulus for faculty to have a deeper conversation with students about their development, translating what they’re learning to abilities they can put on a resume. RATE also gives students ideas on how they can accelerate their liberal arts advantages. The RATE process typically takes 15-25 minutes to complete; students can engage on their own or as part of a class assignment.

CLA Internships

Supporting CLA students who are involved in internship either for academic credit or on  their own is a priority for CLA. A college-wide understanding of best practices for internships and providing faculty and students with specific resources to support internship experiences is being established by the CLA Internship Coordinator hired in May 2017. A CLA Internship Guidebook will be published in spring 2018.

Faculty Fellows Program

The first cohort of the Career Readiness Faculty Fellow Program began in fall 2017 with 24 CLA faculty members representing 16 departments. The program is designed to assist faculty members and full-time instructional staff to develop and enhance their abilities and skills for integrating Career Readiness into their courses and curricula. The workshops and small group meetings are facilitated by the Center for Educational Innovation and LATIS.

Faculty Outreach & Involvement

Career Readiness Workshops are offered to CLA faculty to support them in their Career Readiness efforts.  These workshops highlight the key components  of Career Readiness and are designed for faculty to engage with one another to infuse it into their curriculum.

Guest speaker Dr. Phil Gardner from the Center for Employment Research at Michigan State University held a dialogue with faculty and  shared his research related to employment of liberal arts graduates.

ID 2201: Career Readiness for CLA Students

A CLA career course designed to help CLA sophomores continue to develop career management skills to be competitive in the job market or graduate school applicant pools upon graduation. This course was offered for the first time in fall 2017.

Career Readiness Certificate

A certificate designed for students looking to demonstrate career readiness on their transcripts is in the approval process. The certificate requires students to take action on specific items/courses/activities related to CLA Career Readiness.

2016-2017 Projects and Milestones

CLA 1002 Curriculum Integration

The First-Year Experience CLA 1002 curriculum will help elevate the focus on Career Readiness and introduce students to the language and concepts used in the ten Core Career Competencies. This curriculum will help initiate conversation about making academic and co-curricular choices with the Core Career Competency framework.

ID 2201: Career Readiness for CLA Students

A CLA career course proposed and approved to help CLA sophomores continue to develop career management skills to be competitive in the job market or graduate school applicant pools upon graduation. This course will launch Fall 2017.

Curriculum Coordinator hired for CLA Career Courses

The CLA Curriculum Coordinator designs the Career Course curriculum including ID 2201 Career Readiness for CLA Students, ID 3201 Career Planning, ID 3101 Major and Career Exploration for Transfer Students, ID 3205 Law School Exploration, and ID 3208 Internship Reflection. This position is also charged with integrating Career Management into CLA 1001 and 1002 including the Career Exploration Week.

Strong Interest Inventory

All first-year students use the Strong Interest Inventory to explore their academic and career options through academic advising and career counseling appointments. The Strong Interest Inventory is a tool to help users with career assessment. Students will use the SuperStrong version of the inventory. Any CLA student can access this assessment by contacting their CLA academic advisor or CLA Career Services.

Career Readiness Guidebook

An original guidebook outlines helpful tools and resources for liberal arts students to prepare them for future careers. The guidebook contains materials on career management practices to be used from the first-year through graduation. Students can pick up their guidebook at their academic advising office or at CLA Career Services.

Integrating Core Career Competencies into Curriculum and Academic Planning   

CLA is building a RATE self-assessment tool and outlining learning process to help students reflect, articulate, translate and evaluate their experiences. Students will be able to go through the RATE tool to gain an understanding of where their specific career readiness lies.

Collaborate with Minnesota Employers

Coordinate a corporate relations effort with Employer Relations, Career Services, and the Office of Institutional Advancement to build relationships and engage in the workforce development conversation in Minnesota.