Career & Self-Development

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Proactively develop yourself and your career through continual learning, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, navigating career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and outside of your organization.

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Ways to Develop Career & Self-Development

  • Think about what kind of work environment you might prefer. Do you want to work outdoors? Work with your hands? In a business, educational, or non-profit environment, or somewhere else? This can change throughout your career life! 

  • Think about the knowledge, strengths, skills, and abilities you possess and how your, and others', unique background and identities add to our global community.

  • Gain experience through getting involved in opportunities on and off campus

  • Build relationships through networking and/or find a career mentor

  • Take a career assessment like the Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and/or CliftonStrengths, to help you better understand your interests, personality, and strengths in relation to major and career choices. 

  • Use resources including the UMD Catalog, What Can I Do With This Major?, Candid Careers, and Roadtrip Nation to learn about possibilities.  

  • Find job titles, salaries, employers, educational requirements, and more in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, O*NET OnLine, CareerOneStop, MN State CAREERwise, and in our UMD Graduate Follow-up Report.

  • Discuss options and possibilities with a Career Development Specialist in the Career Center

  • Review the learning outcomes on your syllabi and talk to your faculty about how you are developing this skill in your classes and with which assignments.

Ways to Demonstrate Career & Self-Development on Your Resume

  • Certificates or certifications (CPR, Lifeguard, Excel, Tutor Certification, etc.)
  • Advanced classes taken in your major or beyond the requirements for your major 
  • An interest area or minor in an area different than your major (Ex: Computer Science major and Ethics minor)
  • skills section 
  • A variety of jobs/involvement to include on your resume 
  • Embed career & self development into the descriptions of your experiences with statements such as: “Developed advanced knowledge of X through XYZ certification class” or “Participated in Mentoring program to develop connections in XYZ area.” 
  • Use action verbs in your descriptions such as assessed, developed, learned, integrated and networked. More action verb options.
  • Resume resources

Sample Interview Questions to Demonstrate Career & Self-Development

  • What are your Strengths? 

  • What are your Weaknesses? 

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

  • What made you decide to pursue your major or minor? 

  • Why should we hire you? 

  • Interview Resources