Coaches are generalists who can help you explore majors across all undergraduate colleges at the U of M Twin Cities. They will guide you through the process of choosing a major by helping you develop a personalized, structured plan for exploration and making a decision. All of our coaches have a broad background working at the University, in either academic advising, career counseling, or both.
It is important to know that CAPE Coaches do not replace your academic advisor. If you have questions regarding course registration for an upcoming semester or want to make a "four-year plan" it is always best to talk with your advisor.
What is a coaching appointment like?
During a first appointment, a coach will welcome you and ask questions to get to know you, such as, “What brought you to CAPE?” “Where are you in your major exploration journey?” and “What are your goals for coaching?”.
Next, you may do research together to learn more about majors at the U. You may also review resources to help you explore majors and careers outside of the coaching appointment.
At the end of every appointment, coaches partner with you to identify next steps to continue narrowing down possibilities for majors that are a good fit for you.
How long does an appointment last?
Coaching appointments last 45 minutes to one hour.
How many times do students see a coach?
Most students meet with a coach two to three times, but everyone is different so it could be more or less for you. The coach and the student will work together to determine how many appointments are necessary to meet the student’s goals.
What can I talk about with a coach?
Coaching appointments can often cover:
- your values, strengths, identities, interests, skills, and general life circumstances
- career possibilities
- your hopes and fears of the major decision-making process
- your questions about majors and the major exploration process
How do I prepare for an appointment?
If it is your first appointment, come prepared to talk with your coach about what you are hoping to get help with and what kinds of majors and options you may have already explored. You do not need to do any specific work or research beforehand.
Why should a student meet with a CAPE coach?
You could/should see a coach if:
- you want personalized support in making a major exploration plan and following through.
- you are considering majors in other colleges within the U
- you need someone to help you feel more hopeful and empowered in your major and career exploration.
Your coach can also provide additional structure, tailored recommendations for resources and next steps, and a safe space to talk through how you’re feeling. Coaches can help students recognize patterns in their thinking and better understand their own decision-making process.