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CLA Career Counselors Are Here to Help You!

CLA career counselors meet with CLA undergraduate students in individual appointments. We offer comprehensive, personalized guidance in Career Management—one of the ten Core Career Competencies that CLA develops in students to help them demonstrate and articulate their career readiness. 

Working under the framework of the CLA Career Management Model, we help students:

  • Explore their academic and career options.
  • Gain meaningful Experience.
  • Develop the skills and tools they need to Excel after college.

What does that all look like in more specific, practical terms?

In the Explore phase we can help you:

  • Explore majors and career possibilities.
  • Learn more about your values, interests, identity, personality, skills, and strengths—sometimes through the use of assessments.
  • Consider how you will build the Core Career Competencies during college.
  • Discover career exploration and planning courses and related activities.

In the Experience phase we can help you:

  • Build experience through internships, part-time jobs, service and volunteering, research, learning abroad, campus leadership, and more.  
  • Learn about internship opportunities and scholarships.

In the Excel phase we can help you:

  • Market yourself effectively through résumés, cover letters, and personal statements.
  • Prepare for interviews.
  • Explore and prepare for graduate/professional school.
  • Build confidence in connecting with professionals in your field through networking.
  • Engage with employers through networking, employer events, and career fairs.
  • Learn how to effectively use GoldPASS powered by Handshake, the U of M’s comprehensive database for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

Contact us with your questions today!

While career counselors can help with many questions, remember that the CLA Career Readiness Guide covers, in depth, all of the career-related topics you’ll need to consider as a liberal arts student. Access the guide online, or pick up a copy in CLA Career Services or in one of the CLA Academic Advising offices. 

Schedule and Prepare for a Career Counseling Appointment 

To schedule an individual career counseling appointment, please call CLA Career Services at 612-624-7577 or stop by our front desk in 411 Bruininks Hall during business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). 

We are committed to providing a comfortable, inclusive, and respectful environment for all members of our communities. If you have any accommodation needs, or you have other information that would be helpful for your counselor to know, please let the front desk know.

Another option is to come to drop-in hours

What to Expect During Your Career Counseling Appointment

  • Appointments are typically 30 minutes.
  • Please arrive a few minutes early and check in at the front desk in 411 Bruininks Hall.
  • Bring your résumé if you have one, along with any other materials that may be helpful (such as job descriptions for positions you’re interested in, or any notes or handouts you’d like to reference). You can also bring a notebook and pen if you’d like to take any notes during the appointment.
  • When it’s time for your appointment to begin, your career counselor will greet you in our lobby area and walk you back to their office for your appointment.
  • During your appointment, your counselor will ask you questions to get to know you, understand your needs, and determine how they can assist you.
  • Throughout the appointment, feel free to ask your counselor any questions you might have. If anything is unclear, just ask for clarification.
  • During the appointment, your counselor may share a variety of online or printed resources with you.
  • At the end of your appointment, you and your counselor will identify some next steps for you to work on after the appointment ends. The two of you will also make sure your questions are answered before the counselor walks you back out to the lobby area.
  • If you want to schedule another appointment in the future, you can do so with the counselor before you go, or at the front desk.
Mandatory Reporting

During your appointment, if you choose to write or speak about having survived sexualized violence, including rape, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, federal and state education laws require that we must notify the U of M’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office. Learn more about additional reporting, counseling, and support resources.

Drop-in Hours with Peer Advisors

The Resource Room has a well-trained staff of peer advisors help with navigating GoldPASS and other job search resources, assist students with networking and related resources, can review your résumé or cover letter, or help you schedule an appointment with one of our professional career counselors. No appointment needed, simply drop-in to 411 Bruininks Hall to meet with a peer advisor for:

  • Résumé/cover letter review 
  • Job and internship search help using GoldPASS
  • Resource room and career exploration guidance  
  • Career fair introduction practice

Drop-in Hours:
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Note: Summer and holiday drop-in hours are Monday-Friday between 12 and 4:30 p.m.) 

*If coming in for a résumé review, please have résumé printed out or reserve time to print here in our office.