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Career Center for Science and Engineering

Announcements from July 2011

Career Fair Tip of the Week - Researching Employers

July 28, 2011

This week is a great time to start researching employers. To view the current list of employers attending, visit and click on "Employers Attending" on the top left.

Start a list of organizations that interest you and take some time to research their individual values and business goals. The company website is a great place to start, and then search news sources to see how the organization is involved in the industry and community. If you have done some preparation, recruiters at the career fair will be impressed when you ask about some of the current events in their company.

For more tips on researching employers, visit our resource library in 390 Shepherd labs.

Career Center for Science and Engineering
390 Shepherd Labs
Office Hours: M-F 8:00AM-4:30PM
Quick Stop Counseling Hours will resume Fall 2011
Phone: 612-624-4090; Email:

Please note the change in our office location to 390 Shepherd Labs, May 2011-Spring 2012

Career & Job Search Preparation Course for Graduate Students

July 25, 2011

The University of Minnesota will be offering a Career and Job Search Preparation course (APS/CFAN 5201) for Graduate Students.

This course is open to all graduate students, and the emphasis of the course is on job search for non-academic careers. The course helps students prepare for their job search (we recommend they take it a year or full semester before they graduate): employer research, networking, resume and interviewing skills.

Course description:

  • Career and Job Search Preparation for Graduate Students (CFAN / APS 5201)
  • 5:15 P.M. - 06:30 P.M. , Tu (09/06/2011 - 12/14/2011) , STPAUL.
  • Open to all University graduate students planning on non-academic careers.

The purpose of this course is to understand and utilize the synergistic elements and tools of job search preparation and career development: self-awareness, job and employer research, relationship-building, self-marketing and strategic planning. The focus is primarily non-academic job search but some class content and work may be targeted to academic search and careers.

Feedback about our first job search class for graduate students (spring 2011, which included students as diverse as social work, computer science and natural resource management ) was overwhelmingly positive:

  • 100% of course evaluation respondents would recommend the course to other students.
  • 100% of course evaluation respondents described the course as valuable or extremely valuable.

Update Your GoldPASS Account after July 1, 2011

July 1, 2011

Update Your GoldPASS Account

Notice to all student/alumni users of the U of M GoldPASS site: When you log in after July 1, you must reactivate your account by reading and signing off on the User Agreement (an annual requirement).

This is also a good time to update your PROFILE. Having a current profile makes it easier for you to find jobs and internships that match your interests. Follow this checklist to make sure your account is up to date:

  • Update your profile, your graduation date, major, GPA, any information that has changed
  • Make sure you have your most current resume set as your default resume
  • If you want to receive e-mails directly from employers that match your interests, make sure to select 'yes' to 'Allow Employer Viewing' and select your job preferences.
  • Create or update your 'Job Agent' e-mails. This allows you to receive one e-mail a day with any new jobs or internships posted that meet your search criteria.

Questions? Contact the Career Center for Science and Engineering at