CEHD Career Services is First Gen Proud!  

CEHD Career Services is First Gen Proud!


CEHD Career Services, the University of Minnesota and colleges across the U.S. are celebrating the presence and experience of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff on campus! If your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree, then you are considered a first generation college student.

Strengths of First-Generation College Students

As a first-generation college student you have many unique strengths, qualities and skills that will help you on your career journey and move you towards career success!

Some that come to mind: Persistence, focus, motivation, self-awareness, resilience, responsibility, commitment, independence, resourcefulness, overcome barriers, value driven, determination

Along with these from Career Development of First-Generation College Students: Pioneers in Our High Schools :

  • A willingness to be first and take risks in pursuing a career
  • A genuine, intrinsic desire to have a better life through higher education
  • Wanting to bring pride to their family, school, and community with their academic and career achievements
  • A resilient spirit with the ability to persist in your goals and dreams
  • The desire and ability to overcome the odds of poverty, circumstance, lack of family support, and institutional barriers 

Career Tips for First-Generation College Students

    • Create Meaningful Relations. Have courage to share your unique story with others who can be your mentors and travel with you on your career journey. Developing connections and building your social capital will help you learn about careers, give you insights into the internship and job search and develop your network.
    • It’s okay to ask questions.  Your family members can help you answer questions about your history and values, which is a big part of finding meaning in your career. Your peers can help you answer questions about your own college experience because they may be going through it as well. Faculty and staff can help answer questions you have about career resources and share their stories. 
    • Gain Experience. A college degree is only part of what you need for career success. A career counselor can work with you to find great opportunities to explore and experience different types of work and environments.
    • You are already on your path to career success!  Keep going! Take time to acknowledge your strengths and many accomplishments. Then assess where you are in the process, determine your next steps and who can help you move forward.

Try to maintain good relationships with the people you previously worked with. Reach out to your former boss/mentor and update them with what’s going on in your life. You would be surprised to find out how pleased they are to hear from you again. They might even be willing to offer any assistance and inform you if any opportunities that come their way.”   – Barnes Kiven, CEHD Senior, Business and Marketing Education

The CEHD Career Services team  is here to help you on your career journey! Most of our staff were also first-generation students and are here to support you. Meet with a career counselor or attend one of our career events.

We hope to see you soon!


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Success Story | Sergio Molina, Kinesiology

Sergio Molina | Kinesiology
Administrative Assistant Intern | Mayo Clinic

Describe your current position (employment/internship). 

I am an administrative assistant intern for Mayo Clinic. My job is to help assess and record medical equipment for the Healthcare Technology Management department.

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?

Even though this position is not directly related to my career goal which is physical therapy. I believe that it’s a step forward in the medical field. During my time in this internship I’ve had the opportunity to meet many professionals in the field and expand my networking.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?

I would say a strong resume and cover letter really set me apart from the rest of the candidates. I worked very hard in making my resume appeal to the employers and put skills that were pertinent to the position I was applying for. I also reached out to career counselors to looks over my documents before applying.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?

I found a lot of support in the career services office which alleviated the job search process a lot. Everyone that works there is very sympathetic and supportive. They offered various resources for a better development of my resume and cover letter. I was pleased with the guidance that the career counselors provided. I found myself coming back to the office every time I could, and someone would always be there to assist me.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?

Do not be afraid to use your resources. I was very surprised to see that the career services office empty most of the times I went there. I would also encourage networking and keeping in touch with professors and staff members to help you expand your contacts within the University.

Anything else you would like to share?

This quote inspired me to pursue all my dreams and goals without having any hesitation on myself and despite any negative comments that people surrounding me might say- “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… in a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed  to fail is not taking any risks”- Mark Zuckerberg.



Success Story | Hayley Chartier, Family Social Science

Hayley Chartier

Hayley Chartier | Family Social Science
Special Education Teacher | Teach for America

Describe your position.
I am a Special Education Teacher with Teach for America. My job is to work with local schools in the Denver area to successfully teach and guide my students over the next two years. I will be teaching 9th and 10th grade with a focus on math.

How did you learn about your current position?
I learned about my position through the company’s website.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I enjoy the opportunity to get to know the students. They all have something great to offer and I have a lot to learn from them as well.  It can be challenging when each day looks so different, but this also provides me energy to keep working each day!

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
I have always had a passion for education. When I decided to major in FSoS, it was with the idea in mind that I would be a high school guidance counselor. This position with Teach for America will help me be prepared to work with students both in and out of a classroom.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I worked really hard on my resume and cover letter. These are the two things that I was able to give potential employers as a first impression of me. I did this by constantly asking for help from the career counselors and professionals in the field that knew what my employers were looking for.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
I found working with the career counselors to be the most helpful. I was able to get feedback on my resume that really helped me improve and better market myself. They had a lot of tips and tricks that I do not think I would have otherwise thought about. The counselors work really hard to know these things so make sure to make the most of them!

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Don’t be afraid to network. Meeting people in my field was so helpful when it came to the actual interview process. I was able to ask for help on my interview prep work and have people to serve as my references as well.

Anything else you would like to share?
Have fun with all of it. Interviewers and recruiters will be able to tell when you are not being yourself. If you are pursuing a position that you really want, that will shine through.



Success Story | Mykenna Yesnes & Whitney Zahn, Elementary Education

Answered By: Mykenna Yesnes (Right in picture) and Whitney Zahn (Left in picture)

What are your positions? What school is it for?
We are currently practicum students in Clara Barton Open School in Minneapolis.

How did you learn about this opportunity?
Three practicum blocks are required for the undergraduate Elementary Education program. Next year as seniors, we will finish the other two practicum blocks (reading and special education). For placements this semester, we ranked schools we preferred to work at. Mykenna knew the principal of Barton and really wanted to work in his school.

Describe your positions.
As an introductory practicum, we don’t teach in front of the class yet, but rather act as a cooperating teacher when there is work time. Students see us as another instructor in the class and ask similar questions that they ask their teacher, Penny. Much of the introductory practicum is about observing the main instructor and getting a feel for classroom.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
The kids are hands down the most enjoyable part of this position. Being able to help students find the answer to a difficult math problem or work through a paragraph they’ve been slaving away on is the most rewarding feeling…cliché, I know! But, it’s so true! Often times, students forget my role as a teacher and treat me more as a friend. When I come in the morning and when I leave in the afternoon, many of my girls will race over to hug me, which is not how they would treat their teacher. It’s difficult to maintain a professional role in the classroom while creating relationships with the students we have come to know over the past couple months.

How does your position fit with your long-term career goals?
Mykenna: This position directly reflects what I imagine myself doing down the road. I’m currently placed in a mixed 3rd and 4th grade classroom, which is my ideal grade to teach in the future. I absolutely love the school I’m placed in. Barton is one of the best elementary schools in Minneapolis and I’d be extremely lucky to work in a school of its caliber in the future.
Whitney: My experience at Clara Barton elementary school has been rewarding in a variety of ways. I have become more aware of the variety of schools I have the potential to teach in and the different goals each school has set for their students. Working in a combined third and fourth grade classroom was quite daunting at first but I have become accustomed to the classroom environment and could not imagine helping out anywhere else. In my future classroom, I hope to work with 3rd or 4th graders because of my experience at Clara Barton. I have gained a great deal of confidence from this semester in the classroom and I look forward to the experiences and challenges that lie ahead for me.

During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
Fortunately, when being placed at a school site for each practicum, there isn’t much competition between other undergraduate students. Generally speaking, students are able to work at their 1st or 2nd preferred school site. However, in the future when applying for jobs, it will be extremely beneficial having the amount of experience the University of Minnesota has provided their undergraduates. After graduating from the masters program, University of Minnesota students are somewhere between 5-7 times more qualified than others due to the rigorous and integrated program.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Bring a notepad to school and take notes! It is a great gift to be able to observe teachers who’ve been teaching for 20+ years and you’ll want to document it. Ask for their advice and insight, as they’re the best resource for your future. Create great relationships with your cooperating teachers, so you can revisit their classroom in the future or gain more knowledge from them!

Success Story | Austin Kennedy, Park and Leisure Studies

IMG_0137.JPGWhat was your position? What organization is it for?
Craft Immersion Internship Position, at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

How did you learn about this position?
I found out by word of mouth. I had previously been to the school and heard they were offering new internships opportunities.

Describe your position.
North House Folk School’s Internship program is dedicated to preserving the future of traditional craft by nurturing an interest in craft education & hands-on learning. Interns increase their awareness of and exposure to various responsibilities involved with non-profit education and program management. Interns play an active role in the day-to-day campus coordination, public outreach, administrative support, and the developing of traditional craft skills.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I greatly enjoyed the connections I made with the students. As an intern I support and participate in the mission/vision of the North House Folk School: “enriching lives and building community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment that inspires the hands, the heart and the mind.” The ideals of teamwork, dedication, responsibility, efficiency and creativity are central to the success of the organization.
The internship’s work schedule and time commitments are divided among various roles, each of which is directly connected to the daily affairs and educational vision of campus. It is a long dedicated commitment but the reward of doing such wonderful work in unhindered by its challenges.

How does your position fit with your long-term career goals?
I plan to continue down the road of Outdoor Education, and this hands-on experience gave me the skills that will prepare me for the work in my field. I believe in the connection of nature and preservation, whether it’s crafts, skills, relationships, or the natural world.

During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I took great strides to ensure that my personality resonated through my entire resume and cover letter. I dutifully went through the job description and the history of the organization to entice my interviewers to understand my passion and desire for the intern position.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Do your homework, prepare for interview questions based on the job descriptions. Rework your resume with help from Career Services, use the tools and resources you have available to you while at University. Above all, be yourself, show your personality and be confident.

Project for Pride in Living: Open Positions

Project for Pride in Living is hiring several students this semester in leadership roles with Youth Development, Property Management, and IT departments. Positions are posted with Student Employment and on GoldPass.

Work Study:

Youth Program Assistant (St. Paul)

Youth Program Assistant (S. Mpls)

Children’s Program Assistant (St. Paul) Youth Program Assistant (N. Mpls)

IT Help Desk (S. Mpls.)

Somali Interpreter (S. Mpls.)

On-Campus Interview Opportunities

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Verizon Wireless 
Date: 12/2/15
Schedule ID: 4112
Positions Available: Business Sales Intern, Human Resources Intern  and Retail Sales Intern
Apply on GoldPASS by 11/23
Insight Global 
Date: 12/1/15
Schedule ID: 4117
Positions Available: Recruiter/Account Manager
Apply on GoldPASS by 11/23
the hardford
The Hartford
Date: 12/2/15
Schedule ID: 4124
Positions Available: Disability Analyst- No Experience Necessary, Disability Claims (Long Term)
Apply on GoldPASS by 12/1

*Remember: CEHD Career Services is here to help! Schedule an Appointment or Drop-In on Friday’s

Employer Spotlight | York Solutions


Briefly describe your internship program.

For more than 20 years, York Solutions has been singularly focused on delivering value to its clients in the form of IT contract resource selection, deployment, and management.

Our mission is to provide creative, cutting edge IT solutions to help companies achieve business, technology, and operational goals and objectives. We believe strongly in creating a true partnership approach with our clients and consultants that fosters a long-term, trust-based relationship. York is committed to providing high-level service and value to our clients and consultants. In that vein, in addition to our custom resource solutions, we also offer a peer-to-peer professional development association called “Think IT” that we are often told by members, is “second to none.” Think IT consists of well over 2,400 members in 8 different groups from the local IT leadership within the Twin Cities, as well as over 400 members in Chicago’s 2 groups.


What are the typical areas you focus on?

IT Consulting

Management Consulting

Interim CIO

Retained Search

Think IT Associati


We are excited to meet you at the Business and Human Resources Career Fair on October 28th!


Employer Spotlights |The Hartford

the hardford

Briefly describe your organization

The Hartford is in business to protect what is most valuable to customers—their homes, cars, businesses, income, and employees. We help individuals and businesses prepare for the unforeseen with insurance and income protection so they can prevail through loss, accident, or disability.

What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?

It may be tempting to accept the first job offer that comes your way, but there are many factors to consider when choosing your ideal employer. Some things to think about:

Professional development: Is the company committed to the professional and personal development of its employees? What kind of training programs does it offer? What is the performance review process? What is the growth potential for someone with your experience?

Culture: While many companies look pretty similar and seem to offer the same things, a little digging may reveal very different cultures and values. Trusting, fast-paced, careful, conservative, entrepreneurial, and creative – what company culture would best suit you? What are your co-workers like? It’s also important to understand a company’s position on work/life balance.

Mentoring: You may want to target companies that offer mentoring programs. The advice and support of a more senior colleague can be extremely helpful.

Social responsibility: Does the company give back? Does it support various causes? Is it a strong member of the community?

Commitment to diversity:  Is the company committed to identifying and cultivating diverse talent? Does the company have a diversity policy?

Compensation and benefits: In addition to your salary and bonus opportunities, it’s also important to consider a company’s health and wellness benefits, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, insurance, training, etc.

In the end, choosing an employer is your decision. But don’t be afraid to seek the counsel of a few trusted friends or mentors before making a final choice.

We are excited to meet you at the Business and Human Resources Career Fair on October 28th!

Employer Spotlight |The Brewer Group

the brewer group

Briefly describe your organization

The Brewer Group, Inc. (TBG) is an industry agnostic investment company with assets ranging numerous sectors. Our relationships with key international decision makers spanning government development agencies, financial institutions, multinational corporations, NGOs and numerous leaders in sports and entertainment place TBG in a unique position to grow its portfolio. TBG takes pride in identifying companies whose goal is to make a social impact on the communities in which they serve.

Briefly describe your internship program.

Through our unique Associates Program, The Brewer Group offers interns a fully hands-on learning experience that gives them the opportunity to apply their existing knowledge in a professional environment. TBG’s Associates Program is designed to teach interns accountability and ownership required in today’s business world while encouraging innovation. Through a highly driven team oriented environment, our interns work directly with each other, the executive team and clients and are required to uphold the highest degree of professionalism. The intern is given opportunities to grow both on the job and through our four student learning outcomes. The Brewer Group takes pride in our organically grown workforce and the fact that our entire full-time staff and executive team has started as TBG interns. Additionally, interns that have gone through our Associates Program have ventured on to pursue positions at renowned organizations including Fortune 500 companies, the NFL, ESPN, PGA, governments, major banks and marketing firms.

We are excited to meet you at the Business and Human Resources Career Fair on October 28th!