Below are resources to help you in the career exploration and preparation process, this list is in no means exhaustive but will hopefully help you as you develop and achieve your career goals.
Things to Think About
As a student with a disability there are important factors for you to consider as you search for internships or employment or apply to graduate school. You may have questions about your rights, disclosure, accommodations and which laws might apply to you. Here are some resources to guide your career:
Getting Your Career on Track
Landing a great job after graduation, or getting into graduate school, takes more than simply going to class each day. A few tips and facts are listed below to give you some insight on what you can do now to succeed after graduation.
- Explore your Options. Explore your interests, strengths, personality, and values and how these relate to major and career options. Start by making an appointment with a career counselor in your career office.
- Get Experience! 50% of employers expect students to have 2 or more internships by graduation and graduate schools like applicants who have conducted research. Don’t know where to begin? Your career office can help you get started.
- Visit Career Services Career services staff members are experts in helping students reach their career goals. Because we regularly talk to employers in your industry, we have more insight than you will find through general online resources. Find your career office and call to schedule an appointment.
Job and Internship Search Resources
There are a variety of websites for people with disabilities. Here is sampling of some we thought might be most valuable.
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
Minnesota State Vocational Rehabilitation (State and federally funded employment program)
Pathways to Employment (A collaboration of Minnesota state agencies with a goal of assisting with the goal of employment)
Career Preparation Resources (Career planning resources and guidance)
Professional Contacts and Associations
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:
Mentoring Fact Sheet
Partners for Youth with Disabilities
American Bar Association Mentor Program
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:
American Association of People with Disabilities
Advancing Science, Serving Society
Disability Power and Pride
National Organization on Disability
Independent Living Institute Global Networking
World Institute on Disability
National Business and Disability Council
Create an account on the online professional networking site LinkedIn and join groups such as the Minority Professional Network or Diversity in Minnesota. Check out our Online LinkedIn Tutorial for tips and more information.
Attend career fairs, organization information sessions/networking events, and employer panels to expand your professional network. View campus events on GoldPASS or for Carlson School of Management students The Edge.
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 written by career experts from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
For local legal resource specifically related to disability contact the Minnesota Disability Law Center.
National legal rights resources
Campus Career Resources & Events
U of M career services offices
GoldPASS: Job and internship database for University of Minnesota students & alumni
The Edge: Job, internship and networking database for Carlson School of Management undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni
LandIt!: Job and internship database for students & alumni from any Minnesota college
Campus Events Calendar
Career Services Staff Can Help!
All of the career staff on campus is eager to help all students with their career goals. Those individuals listed below are members of the Career Services Diversity Committee any of them would be happy to help you with any career related questions. We are also available to help with presentations tailored t to student groups. Simply contact the staff member listed for your career center to get started:
CLA Career Services
Access to Success Program
Assistant Academic Advisor
CEHD Student Services
Heidi J. Perman
Career & Internship Services, CCE, CDes, CFANS
Lead Career Coordinator
CEHD Career Services
Career Center for Science & Engineering
Graduate Business Career Center, Carlson School of Management
Lead Employer Relations Coordinator
CLA Career Services