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UMM Home > Career Services > Planning & Decision Making > Freshman Year

Freshman Year

  • Identify your life interests, work values, and skills.
  • Research careers of interest, looking for careers that match the interests, values, and skills you identified.
  • Create a personal career action plan that includes at least three alternatives.
  • Participate in volunteer activities on campus in Morris area. Consult Campus Compact.
  • Join campus clubs/organizations in your area of interest.
     (Consult Student Activities Office)
  • Use classes to explore different possible areas of interest, talk to faculty about careers in their fields. Selection of major is best done by end of sophomore year.
  • Build mentor relationships with faculty/staff and upper class students. (Consider Morris Academic Partners and Morris Administrative Intern Programs for junior year)
  • Plan for study abroad, undergraduate research opportunities, internships, tutorials, and volunteer experiences.
  • Talk to your academic advisor.
  • If undecided about your major, participate in "Undecided Majors" workshops.
  • Attend Alumni Career Fair in the fall to talk to alums from your major, or who are working in fields you are interested in.
  • Seek part-time/summer jobs in area of interest to acquire experience and skills/knowledge.
  • Attend UMM Summer Job/Camp Fair in winter.


Student Counseling Career Services

  • Career/personal assessment, i.e.
  • Strong Interest Inventory
  • Myers-Briggs Type Inventory
  • Individual career/personal counseling

Career Library
(The library has books on careers in different fields, as well as books which give overviews of a variety of careers such as the Guide for Occupational Exploration, Occupational Outlook Handbook, and What Can I Do With a Major In...?)

  • Peer Career Assistants*
  • Attend Career Services/organization sponsored workshops and events.
  • Watch Weekly Bulletin for notice.
  • Talk to career/personal counselor
  • Alumni & Career Fair Alumni
  • Network Directory
  • Internship Directories & summer job listings found in The Career Library.
Student Counseling, 231 Behmler Hall, UMM, 589-6060
The Career Services, 110 Briggs Library, UMM, 589-6065