"To provide students, alumni, and staff with the tools, resources, and the opportunities necessary to successfully manage their careers."
Career Resources for Women Students
Below are resources to help you throughout your career exploration and planning process. Although not exhaustive, it’s an extensive list of resources that will help you develop and achieve your career goals.
Things to Think About
- As you think about your career, consider what value your diverse background brings to a position and organization.
- Remember that many employers appreciate the unique insight that women candidates bring to their position!
- Check organization rankings regarding general commitment to gender equity at DiversityInc.
- Educate yourself about the gender pay equity gap and learn how to negotiate for the salary you deserve.
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. Check out the tips below to help you gain some insight about what you can do now to succeed after graduation.
- Explore your Options. Examine your interests, strengths, personality, and values and how they 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. 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.
Career Resources for Women Students
While there are countless online career resources for women students, we have summarized the top five high-quality resources to help you as you search for jobs and internships:
- WAGE Project – Inspires and helps working women to take the steps needed to close the pay equity gap and to ensure that every woman is paid what she’s worth.
- IMDiversity.com (Women’s Village) – Job bank and resources for diverse groups.
- Womenforhire.com - Offers a wide variety of career-related information and videos geared to working women.
- Careerwomen.com – the national leader in for online job searching for women..
- U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau– Contains information about standards and policies regarding wage-earning women, and resources to advance their opportunities for profitable employment.
Connect with Women Professionals: Professional Organizations and Networking Resources for Women
Meeting with professional can be a great way to get career advice and find leads on positions. Below are a few ways you can find people in industry that might be able to help.
National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Association for Women in Communications
Association for Women in Computing
For an extensive list, visit the Gateway to Associations online search engine.
To learn more about contacting professionals, make an appointment with a staff member at your career office or visit our online workshop on networking
Your Legal Rights
As a woman, you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search or career and how to handle this should it arise. Check out the resources below to help you understand your rights if you encounter discrimination in a job interview or in the work place.
To learn about what constitutes an illegal interview question and how to handle it if the situation happens in a job interview read the article title Handling Improper Interview Questions written by career experts from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. If you experience discrimination once you are in a job, check out Dealing with Discrimination: Tips for Employees. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also offers resources for handling gender-based discrimination including information on the Equal Pay Act, Title IX.
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
HireMNGrads!: 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:
Career and Internship Services (St. Paul Campus Career Center)
Assistant Director Access to CLA Diversity Student Support Programs
Coordinator of Pre-Health Initiatives
College of Biological Sciences Student Services
Coordinator of Instructional Support, Languages and Writing
Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
Associate Education Specialist, Disability Services
Employer Relations Assistant, Career Services Administration