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Self Awareness

Increase your understanding of your strengths, interests, values, skills, and identities.




Find opportunities outside the classroom to help explore majors and careers.




Learn ways to explore a variety of career areas




Explore all of the options for majors at the U of M, Twin Cities.



Get involved on and around campus to gain new skills, test out your interests, and connect with your community.

Create a Plan to Get Involved

Want to get involved but don't know how to start? Use the SMART Action Steps guide to breakdown your long-term goals into manageable action steps.

Volunteer in Your Community

Gain experience, explore and clarify career options, and connect with the Twin Cities community through volunteering and service learning. Sites like Service Learning @ UMN, HandsOn Twin Cities, and VolunteerMatch can help you find opportunities to give back and make a positive impact.

Participate in a Student Group

Explore student groups on campus to meet new people, develop leadership skills, and gain valuable experience that may help you figure out your major or career interests.

Work on Campus

Part time jobs can help you gain skills needed for future jobs. Finding a job on campus or a part time job near your home is a good way to gain experience and learn what skills and environments you enjoy. Use the U of M Human Resources site to begin your search.

Gain Experience with an Internship

Find internships on GoldPASS to help you apply what you’ve learned in the classroom in a real world environment. Internships help you build your skill set, allow you to get connected professionally, and are often a key "stepping stone" in getting a full-time position after graduation. 

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Want a more in-depth dive into these topics and more? Check out our Canvas module.

CAPE Action Plan