Career Services Departmental Initiative

CLA Departments: How can Career Services help your students?

Career Counselors are assigned to work with small groups of CLA departments and majors. These staff members can help your students explore their career options, gain experience, and excel in their chosen career fields. We want to partner with you to make Dean Coleman’s vision of CLA alumni being the most desirable graduates available a reality.

Your department’s career counselor can help your students by:

  • Meeting with them to provide career guidance tailored to their needs
  • Connecting students to employers who are recruiting CLA students for internships or full-time jobs
  • Providing class presentations and workshops on career development topics
  • Developing events that connect students to industry, employers, and alumni
  • Supporting work that your department may already be doing connected to student career outcomes

The career counselors will also maintain regular contact with each department to brainstorm ideas for student support, set achievable goals, implement new student outreach, and review progress. Each career counselor will be supporting a small group of related departments, so they will need to budget their time to ensure that they are supporting all their departments -- but the hope is that this new arrangement will provide targeted career support for all CLA students.

Questions? Please contact your designated career counselor. The career counselors’ departmental assignments are listed on our staff bio page.

Career Services helps students...

Explore career options

  • Individual counseling appointments are available so students can discuss career exploration and decision-making.
  • Career assessment tools, such as the Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or StrengthsFinder, can help students brainstorm possible careers.
  • We offer career exploration courses for students who wish to learn about career possibilities.
  • Staff members are available to visit classes to help students explore career options.
  • Career counselors can facilitate connections with alumni and employers in various career fields.
  • Help students to explore and research graduate school options.

Gain experience

  • Individual appointments with students can help them to create an action plan for gaining in their field. Counselors frequently discuss networking and resume-building with students.
  • ​Career counselors can help students identify and secure experiences to build skills through research, internships, volunteering, study abroad, or other university involvement.
  • An elective internship course is available for students who would like to reflect on the role that their internship plays in their career development.
  • Events like the annual CLA Internship Fair or other employer-hosted events can help students connect with employers wishing to recruit CLA students for their internships.
  • Staff members can deliver presentations on gaining internships or other career-related experience.

Excel in their chosen career fields

  • When students are launching their internship or job searches, counselors can schedule appointments related to topics such as resumes, cover letters, job search strategies, interviewing, portfolios and e-folios, graduate school, personal statements, and salary negotiation.
  • Career counselors can coach students about articulating the value of their liberal arts education, identifying their transferable skills, and marketing themselves.
  • Career Planning courses support students as they are searching for a full-time job after graduation.
  • Staff members can visit classes or create workshops to discuss topics related to the job search.
  • We connect students to employers through the U of M Job & Internship Fair, Government/Nonprofit Career Fair, and various other employer hosted events.