Are you tired of telling friends, professors, and recruiters that you're undecided? Are you trying to nail down your graduation plan but have no idea what you want to study? Do you find yourself wondering what exactly someone in consulting does on a day-to-day basis or what a non-profit co-major can do for you?
If any of these circumstances apply to you, Future Fright Week is where you should be! During Future Fright Week, a variety of majors/career paths put on information sessions throughout the week with panels of both department faculty members and business professionals. College is a time for exploration and discovery, and sifting through the innumerable career paths, jobs, and opportunities that are within your reach is exciting, but can be exhausting. The good news is that the sessions of Future Fright Week can help you streamline your search, provide more information about the great career possibilities that are available to you after graduation, and tell you what kinds of classes you would take to achieve your graduation goals.
Last year when I was a freshman, I attended more than a couple Future Fright Week info sessions and realized I didn't know nearly as much about the majors and minors available at Carlson as I thought I did. Department heads and professors explained how their respective majors fit into a graduation plan, and discussed the different electives that were offered. Hearing from recent graduates about their transition from college to a full-time job was also extremely enlightening. They told the group a lot about what their day-to-day tasks were like and gave great advice about what parts of their undergraduate education have proven to be most useful in their everyday work (many said they'd wished they would have taken more Accounting classes!). Getting the opportunity to ask questions of seasoned professionals who had been in the workforce for a while was very interesting, too. Listening to people's perspectives on all of the different jobs that they have had at different companies was very helpful, and helped me realize that the first job you get out of college is just the first step on a lifelong journey.
Some of the most interesting information besides the job insight was learning about the work-life balances that professionals had and what they were involved in outside of their careers. Career choices are not only driven by what you can do and what you like to do, but also they type and amount of work you can handle. Tradeoffs are important to factor into your career path decision, because you may want to consider the fact that you might not be able eat dinner at home every night if you're a consultant traveling Monday through Thursday every week. The professionals in the sessions that I attended encouraged the whole group to evaluate what mattered most to them in life and incorporate those attitudes into their college career plans. This was something I hadn't thought much in detail about before, and was incredibly thought provoking.
Future Fright Week is just one of the awesome events that Carlson and the Undergraduate Business Career Center put on for undergraduate students, and is a great representation of the excellence that is the career services within our school. Having a career center specifically for undergraduate students is a huge asset for Carlson students, and the resources and contacts available during Fright Week are always accessible! Career coaches in the UBCC can sit down with students to discuss career options and connect them with alumni and companies in the industries that they're interested in. Also just as accessible are the professionals from the Minneapolis area. Being able to have recruiters and employers within fifteen minutes away is incredibly cool, not only for events like Future Fright Week, but also for follow-up informational interviews and building relationships with companies.
I learned a great deal about the opportunities that are available after graduation from Future Fright Week, and also learned a great deal about the kinds of resources and amazing people that are here to help all of us at Carlson. Check it out and you won't regret it! Ski-U-Mah!
We all have seen the movies about college and how perfect they make it work. The residence halls look like hotels, the campus is spotless, you meet your best friends instantly the moment you move in, and you get the perfect grades.
I would have to say the University of Minnesota has the potential to fulfill and meet all of these things. Not all of the residence halls may be hotel quality, but I would have to say we do have some very nice facilities. We were fortunate enough to build a brand new residence hall right on University Avenue in the heart of campus. These dorms I would say definitely have hotel qualities. People cannot stop talking about the dining services and all the options they have. I am planning on trying it or getting a meal plan again myself. Personally, I think one of the best things about the residence halls and living on campus is the community you are able to build. I am still extremely close with my three other roommates, as you can see in the picture below, and the people I met in my residence hall still. I know so many of my friends are close with theirs as well.
Another benefit of living in the residence halls or just on campus in general is how easy it is to get to downtown Minneapolis or to anything that is going on around campus. There are so many things to explore. We have anything from sporting events to comedy shows in Coffman Memorial Union. There are endless possibilities of things for students to do on campus.
You may be worried that there are too many distractions now that I have talked about everything that is available to students to do outside of class, but let me tell you how awesome some of the libraries are and the resources that the University makes available to you. We have a total of 5 libraries on campus along with countless study lounges in campus housing. The University also provides endless writing, reading, and academic guidance assistance. I know I meet with my adviser at least 2 to 3 times a semester. Carlson also has the benefit of having an Undergraduate Business Career Center with amazing Career Coaches. They can help you with anything from job searching to your major.
There are so many great things about living on campus that I don't know how or why you wouldn't! It's a great experience and everyone should take advantage of it.
- BA 3000 (Career Skills): this class is required for every Carlson student, and is generally taken in the fall of sophomore year. It ensures that no Carlson student graduates without knowing how write a resume, cover letter, tackle the recruiting process, conduct oneself professionally, and more.
- Resume Review: Recruiters from various companies sit down with students one-on-one and improve their resumes. This provides a no-pressure environment to gain insight from recruiters.
- Career Fair Prep Workshop: This workshop, as well as other workshops that occur around the time of the career fair, are geared specifically to address students' concerns, whether it be talking with recruiters or tips with interviewing.
- Mock Marathon: Much like the Resume Review, the Mock Marathon provides students with an opportunity to sit down with recruiters in a no-pressure situation and engage in a mock interview in order to improve interviewing skills.
- Undergraduate Business Career Center (UBCC): The Undergraduate Business Career Center exists solely to aid Carlson students in achieving their career aspirations. Through various experiences (some of which have already been listed) such as walk-in career coach hours, the UBCC is here to meet your needs. It is located across from Starbucks in Hanson.
- Meet with you Carlson Advisor: Your advisor at Carlson is invaluable to not only your recruiting process, but to your overall college journey. No professional can cater to your unique issues like she/he can. I can't thank my advisor enough for the support that I have received, in areas from coursework to study abroad to major declaration, and much more.
Coming to college can be a big adjustment. Consider the fact that you don't know where to buy your morning Starbucks, that you no longer see the friends you have been in class with for 13 years, and that you are likely living in a 12' x 12' room with a complete stranger. For a lot of new Carlson students, it can also be a bit scary to mentally "erase" all the amazing activities and awards on the resumes that got them into to college. Coming to college can feel like starting all over again! The good news is that this seemingly distressing time is actually one of those life-changing periods in your life that can shape who you will be for the next four years and beyond.
College campuses are literally a network of amazing students, staff, and faculty with interests as varied as yours. The University Student Union and Activities website (http://sua.umn.edu/groups/) boasts hundreds of student groups ranging from the Active Energy Club to the Zoology Club. The Carlson community also offers student groups focused on various areas of business and coordinated through a college-wide Business Board.
I remember attending the activities fair during Welcome Week and being completely overwhelmed by the quantity of organizations and the variety of their missions. By chance, I spoke with representatives from Women in Business, the organization for which I am now President. As it turns out, engagement with student organizations is really simple. Putting your name on an email list, speaking with one of the officers at recruiting events, or perusing the SUA website to find organizations that fit what you are looking for are some of the easy, and effective ways to get involved on campus.
Many students also forget the amazing opportunities to get involved outside of student organizations. As I mentioned, the University offers access to some of the best minds in the world. Our professors study topics like the eradication of food deserts through local organic food movements, the evolution of wind power, and the history of rock and roll. As a land-grant university, these professors are continually doing research in their fields (yes- even in business!) and are looking for students to help. Working as an Honors Research Assistant or serving as a class TA can expose you to the cutting edge learning happening right here at the University of Minnesota.
Don't think of getting involved on campus as a task or worry that you need to replace that debate team captain line on your resume. Instead, let your interests drive your engagement and find the organizations, research, and volunteer opportunities that fit you! As most college grads will attest to- learning in the classroom is only part of the college experience. The experiences gained outside the lecture halls are often the ones that stick with you (even after that spring final exam)!
If you had asked me five years ago what I'll be doing after I graduate college, I would have said archeology. Four years ago, it would have been marketing. Three years ago, it would have been investment banking. Now, three months away from graduation, I'm an accounting major. My name is Erik and I'm a senior here at the Carlson School of Management.
Some of you might have wonder how I jumped from archeology to marketing to finance but ended up in accounting. I don't want to sound cheesy, but it was really a self-discovery process, which is what college is all about. One of my favorite hobbies is reading ancient stories from different cultures like mythologies. I thought I would want to study more about it when I come to college, so I wanted to major in archeology. However, when I started thinking about my future and what kind of work I would be doing, I didn't think that I would want to travel and do research all the time. My family then encouraged me to go to a business school so I have some where to start.
In 2009, I came to Carlson thinking that I would major in marketing and finance even though I didn't know what either of those majors entailed. I just thought marketing would give me a creative outlet, while finance would be more practical in terms of job outlook. After taking some classes in marketing and finance, I discovered two things. First, marketing is fun but I am not creative enough to be a marketing major. Second, finance involves way too much math and uncertainties which is not for me. At the same time, however, I took a few accounting classes as required by Carlson and I loved it. Love is strong word and you'll probably not hear a lot of people say they love accounting, but I really liked accounting. That was how I got to where I am today.
As I took more classes in accounting, I started becoming more interested in it, especially in tax. I had the opportunity to learn more about tax during my internship last summer, and it is definitely something that I can see myself doing for at least the next five years.
I do want to mention that just because I chose accounting doesn't mean that I have stopped doing what I like. Since I came to the university, I took a lot of different classes ranging from personal leadership to Greek mythology to the evolution of dinosaurs. Although none of these classes were in my major, being at the U gave me the opportunity to explore different topics and the chance to do something different in my free time.
What I'm trying to say is, finding your major will take some time, and it is okay to take different classes to see what you're interested in. You never know what you might find and fall in love with. Carlson offers a variety of majors, and you can also do a dual-degree with other majors from different colleges. There's no need to rush to find your majors!