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Employment and Career Resources

The Career Services website provides links to career planning resources.

Some specific links related to career planning include the following:

Student job postings—Check out the current listings for Twin Cities student positions from the University's Office of Human Resources.

Applying for internships and professional opportunities—GoldPASS is the University of Minnesota's professional job, internship, and volunteer opportunities database.  This database is exclusive to University of Minnesota degree-seeking students, including certificate students, and alumni.  ​Exceptions: Those who do not have access to GoldPASS are students in the Carlson School of Management​ (​they use a separate system, The Edge​), non-degree-seeking students, newly admitted students who have not yet registered for their first class, and​ Post Secondary Enrollment Option students.​ GoldPASS is available to Carlson School of Management students once they have graduated.

​Students can use GoldPASS to search for jobs, internships, and other employment opportunities posted by thousands of companies and organizations at ​www.goldpass.umn.edu​.​

Features offered on GoldPASS.

  • Sign-up for notifications about new job postings.
  • Learn about on-campus interviews and recruiting opportunities.
  • Create a profile and upload your resume that can be viewed by potential employers.
  • Learn about and register for job fairs and other career-related events.
  • Access to Professional Networking database to interact with professionals from a variety of fields and backgrounds.
  • ​Access to Employer Directory, an online directory with information about organizations that post positions in GoldPASS.
  • ​Access to ​Going Global to search for jobs and internships located in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Access to Interview Stream, a leading practice interview system that allows job seekers the opportunity to see and hear themselves online.

For additional GoldPASS or career related questions students should contact their college's career office.​

Career Services Offices—Most colleges and professional schools on campus have their own career planning office. See the Career Services website.

Job Fairs and Campus Career Events—The Career Services website has a list of specific college career fairs as well as campus-wide events.

Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE)—CAPE provides personalized one-to-one coaching to help undergraduate students in their major and career decision-making process.

Career Development Program—University Counseling & Consulting Services provides individual career testing and counseling to help students focus on their job skills and interests.

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates—The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program gives undergraduate students and faculty members the opportunity to work together on research, scholarly, or creative activities.

Hire a University Graduate—Use one of the University's electronic job posting services contact college career offices to promote your job openings to University of Minnesota graduates. See the Career Services website.

Community Service-Learning Center—The Community Service-Learning Center offers advising and opportunities for volunteer experiences and service learning courses.

The MnCareers Parent Guide has information and activities to help parents, guardians and mentors of young people understand the changing worlds of education and work. The guide assists parents in taking an active role in their child's career exploration, the career development process and understand the realities of today's labor market.

The U.S. Department of Labor has developed The Occupational Outlook Handbook to describe the training and education for various careers, what workers do on the job, working conditions, earnings, and expected job prospects in the future.

Career Development Opportunities for Parents—Parents who are assessing their own careers can find assistance through the Career and Lifework Center at the University of Minnesota.

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Career Planning Tips

Parents' Guide to Career Planning—General information on the career selection and development process, plus tips on how parents can help. Download this career guide presentation with helpful resources:

Articles of Interest

Guiding students toward employment

Preparing for life—and jobs—outside the classroom

Embracing 'happenstance' in the career planning process