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Career-minded Series

Career-minded series
October 7, 2016

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures is sponsoring a series of events to help students prepare for careers.

This series, which is offered in conjunction with Career and Internship Services and International Programs and Services, kicked off on September 28 with the session “The Value of a Language B.A.”, which highlighted the many careers in which language skills and cultural knowledge are valuable. The second event in the series, held on October 19, was “Articulate the Value of Study Abroad”, which offered advice on identifying the personal and academic growth gained through study abroad experiences when preparing resumes or speaking with prospective employers. 

Finally, students who are new at UMD this year (including transfer students) and also taking language classes are eligible to take the StrengthsQuest assessment for free, through funds provided by a Strategic Enrollment and Retention Grant. See your language professor to get a coupon to take to the Career Center to get your free code. Continuing students are also welcome to participate but will need to pay the $15 fee to take the assessment, which is an online questionnaire that identifies your five top personal strengths. On November 9 at 4 pm or November 10 at 4 pm, “Interpreting StrengthsQuest” will help students interpret the results of the assessment to see how they can be useful in choosing a career path and speaking with prospective employers. Students will need to register for one of these sessions and will then be given the location. We encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity. Please contact Professor Maureen Tobin-Stanley (mtobinst@d.umn.edu) for further information.