We provide access to industry role models and mentors so that students can learn from other nontraditional career professionals. Networking with role models helps students persist in educational programs and careers where they are often “one of few”.
The Nontraditional Careers Advisor is available to meet with students who are considering or are enrolled in a nontraditional career field. Being up front about the challenges and benefits of a nontraditional career, the Advisor supports students through informational interviewing, job shadowing, joining with professional associations as a student, and making connections with other nontraditional career seekers to help them find that extra support required.
This program supports female students for an academic year in computer science, pre-engineering, construction management, and criminal justice. Students are awarded a stipend on successful completion of the program. Mentors and mentees meet individually each month and gather as a group regularly to discuss topics related self-advocating, self-promotion and empowerment.
Be Bold – Break the Mold applications may be submitted July 1st – September 16th for the upcoming academic year. Check out the Application Form for more information and to apply to the program.
‘Due to this program I managed to find a job in my field before getting my degree. The information, group atmosphere, and mentor helped a factory floor worker of 15 years get the courage to ask for an internal internship that turned into a job opportunity. Knowing that so many people were cheering me on as I was cheering them on, helped boost my confidence.’ Lilian, Computer Science, 2022
The program offers opportunities for men to explore health, human services, and education careers through education to industry tours. Information will be updated during the Fall semester
Lean into professional associations to support your career choice. Though you may feel like one of few in your classroom, you will find there are larger numbers of you on the job. Student memberships are generally very affordable or free and often include mentoring programs. Finding a mentor will help you to persist and secure your success in a career. Looking for scholarship money for school? These associations often raise money just for people like you! They also offer online professional development that are industry specific and will help you position yourself to be knowledgeable about how your industry operates. Check out the Associations below to find out how to get involved/become a member.
- National Association for Women in Construction
- Society for Women Engineers
- Women in Cybersecurity
- Black Tech Talent
- Women Leading in Technology (WLIT)
- Women Who Code Minnesota
- National Center for Women & Information Technology
- Women in Manufacturing
- Women Who Really Cook
- Women in HVACR
- Automotive Women's Alliance