Career Scoop Update, General Information

Add Research to Your Resume #USTCareerScoop

How can you stand out to an employer or graduate school? Add research to your resume!

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program is now accepting proposals for independent, faculty-mentored, PAID research to be conducted in Summer 2018. Take a look at the work other St. Thomas student grant recipients have completed and presented at the semiannual Inquiry at UST Poster Session. Visit to view the grant opportunities available and determine which best fits what you want to accomplish. Attend the optional proposal writing workshop to develop strategies for writing the best possible proposal. The workshop will be held at 11:45 in MHC 124 on January 16. Register here. Contact UROP with any questions at Proposals are due by 4:30 pm on February 16th.

Envision – Arts and Sciences Careers In Focus

Are you curious about how you might use your liberal arts degree once you graduate? Register for Envision, a 2-day program to be held January 25th and 26th. Attendees from the College of Arts and Sciences and students have not declared a major will:

  • Hear from alumni who graduated with liberal arts and sciences degrees about their career trajectories.
  • Learn how to network and practice skills with employers, alumni and faculty.
  • Engage in a “career trek” where through visiting companies such as 3M and others to learn more about fields of interest.

Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair Registration Continues

In 2017 more than 700 Tommies attended this Fair to network with more than 300 employers. Registration for the February 27, 2018 event is taking place with 30-minute information sessions offered for those who have never attended the event. The Fair is open to current sophomores, juniors, seniors, and December 2017 graduates. Orientation options this week include (all held in MHC 124):

Tuesday, January 9th at 11:30 am
Thursday, January 11th at 12:30 pm

Already registered? Attend Job Fair Success Tactics (Tuesday, January 9th, 12 pm in MHC 124) to learn some great tips for standing out (in a good way!).

Link and Learn with LinkedIn – January 10th, 12:30 pm in MHC 124

• the basics of building or improving your profile
• how to connect with individuals, groups and valuable new contacts, like St. Thomas alum
• how to research companies and search for jobs and internships via LinkedIn

General Information

Your resume tells a story about you

Advice from employers by Guest Blogger, Angela Ponrahjah, Employer Relations Intern in the Career Development Center

A national survey of employers made clear that they are looking for certain key attributes on a resume – these are qualities and skills that will help a job applicant stand out from the crowd. The table below outlines the top 6 attributes that may help you assess your resume and take steps to build necessary skills that are in demand!

Problem-solving skills may be linked with interpersonal skills, tactfulness, entrepreneurial skills, and strategic planning skills.  Team work is closely linked with communication skills, friendliness, and personality. While getting a good GPA is certainly important, employers say that these skills are equally significant in being successful in a workplace.

Internship experience carries a lot of weight and you should focus on finding jobs that are related to your field of study and industry which will benefit you more in the long-run.

In relation to career readiness competencies, the next big thing to consider is what employers expect from you once you’ve been hired. Employers are expecting new hires to be able to solve problems in unique ways whilst being able to work collaboratively in a team environment. They prefer those who are technology savvy and it will also be beneficial to have global / multi-cultural fluency that can help create a diverse workplace.

Click on the below links to see the complete list of skills desired by employers:

Source: National Association of Colleges & Employers Job Outlook 2018 Survey, 201 employer respondents

Problem-solving skills 82.9%
Ability to work in a team 82.9%
Communication skills (written) 80.3%
Leadership 72.6%
Strong work ethic 68.4%
Analytical/quantitative skills 67.5%




General Information, Private College Job and Internship Fair

GUESS WHAT?! You can still register for the 2018 MNPC Job and Internship Fair!

Registration for the 2018 Minnesota’s Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair is open again! This exclusive, once-a-year event allows students the opportunity to network with over 300 organizations representing business, non-profit, social service, engineering, IT and bioscience employers to discuss internship and full-time career positions. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as December 2017 graduates, are eligible to register.

**Per the rules of the MNPC Consortium, First Year students, Graduate Students, and other Alumni are not permitted to attend.**

The event will be held at Minneapolis Convention Center on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. In 2017, 700 UST students attended this fair to network with employers.

To complete your registration for the fair, follow the steps outlined below:

If you’ve attended the fair in a previous year (2015, 2016 or 2017)

  1. Bring your registration form and $20 payment to MHC 123 and have the person at the Front Desk check the list of previous attendees. Registration is due FEBRUARY 21st at 4 p.m.
  2. Remember: Attending an orientation session does not count. If you went to an orientation but did not go to the fair, you must repeat the orientation!

If you have NOT attended a fair previously

1. Attend a short, 30 minute Orientation Session to learn more about the fair and what your responsibilities are as an attendee.

2. Bring the registration form and your $20 payment to MHC 123 by FEBRUARY 21st at 4 p.m.


The fair costs $20 to attend, and payments can be made by cash, check, or Tommie eXpress (we cannot take credit cards or FLEX dollars, sorry!). Students may request a refund of their fee through February 21, 2018.

More Information

For more information about the MNPC Job Fair and orientation sessions, visit