Gaining Career Experiences

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Why is Experience—the second phase of the CLA Career Management Model—so crucial to you as a liberal arts student?

  • It helps you explore academic and career options through doing. 
  • That doing can help you settle upon — or decide against — a major or career.
  • Perhaps most importantly, experience builds your Core Career Competencies and related skills, so that you can demonstrate your career readiness to prospective employers or graduate/professional school admissions committees.

Ways to Gain Experience


There are many ways for you to gain experience as a CLA student, far more than you might be aware of. As the University of Minnesota’s comprehensive Student Engagement website also shows, you have lots of experiential paths to explore. 

Keep in mind always that Handshake is available to you as a comprehensive resource for finding specific experiential opportunities you can pursue.

Remember, too, to document and reflect upon your many experiences using RATE™ (Reflect-Articulate-Translate-Evaluate)!