Career Services

Counselor and Student Talking

Understanding who you are is the first step

Our counselors offer a variety of resources to help you with career decision making:

  • Career assessments
  • A one-credit career development course
  • Career counseling
  • Resources for career development
  • Job search tools
  • Employer resources to connect with students
 

Assess Yourself


Understanding your interests, skills, values and personality is essential to career exploration and planning. 

  • Strong Interest Inventory (SII) - This 30-45 minute inventory costs $10 and compares your interests with those working in a broad range of occupations. 
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) - This 30-minute assessment helps you better understand your behavorial preferences. The cost of each instrument is $15. Pick up the registration form in the Nath Advising Center or print the registration form and take it to the Billing and Payments Office. Call 952-358-8261 with questions.
  • StrengthsQuest - This tool assesses people for their top five strengths. The fee is $9.99. 
  • Free or Low Cost Online Career Assessments - Many can be taken on your home computer at your convenience. Some require you to first come into the Nath Advising Center.
  • O*NET OnLine - Occupational information network. Choose "Skills Search".
  • CAREERWise - A Minnesota State career and education resource.
  • TypeFocus - TypeFocus: personality assessment.
  • GPS LifePlan - This site focuses on five areas of College Student Development: Career, Education, Finance, Leadership and Personal.

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Career Exploration Course


Normandale offers CCD1170 Career Exploration (1 credit) in  to help you begin the career exploration process. In this class, you'll take a variety of assessments and inventories to learn about your interests, values, personality, and skills. Discover how they can relate to your choice of a college major and career, and learn about what options are available to you. 

Questions? Contact counslor Kristen Cooper (kristen.cooper@normandale.edu, 952-358-8807). 

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Career Counseling


You are encouraged to set up an appointment with a counselor for career planning and decision making assistance. Counselors can meet with you individually, and recommend specific career assessments to meet your needs. They can also lead you through the career exploration process, review your resume, and help practice interviewing.

Counselors can also help you explore what you can do with different majors and programs - the key is to find a major that fits your interests. 

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Search for Jobs

Students looking for opportunities - both on campus and off - should go to the student jobs website for postings. There is also a job board across from C1118 in College Services. 

Other resources include: 

  • CAREERWise - Minnesota Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge
  • MinnesotaWorks - An online job bank for job seekers and employers in Minnesota.
  • Minnesota Careers - Employment and careers sit for the State of Minnesota.
  • Minnesota Workforce Centers - Minnesota's Department of Employee and Economics Development provides online job listings, job search data tools, and many other tips. 

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Employer Resources

Finding the right candidates starts at Normandale!  The most productive method for recruitment is to make a colored flier to be posted on campus or you may post on line at student jobs website.

The flier should be 8.5 x 11, and include the following information. 

  • Tear-offs with your name and phone number
  • A job description with pay scale or range
  • Your name, address and contact information

Drop off the flier to the Advising and Counseling Department on the first floor of the Partnership Center (P0806), or email a Word or PDF document to careerservices@normandale.edu

Employers may recruit on campus (only if approved) Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is a $60 fee. We supply one table and chairs as needed. You should bring a small tabletop display and one or two casually dressed recruiters.

E-mail careerservices@normandale.edu with your name, phone number and dates you want to come on-campus to recruit, and we will get back to you with a confirmation.

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Contact us

We are located in the Advising and Counseling Department on the first floor of the Partnership Center (P0806).  If you are a student, please stop by to schedule a career assessment or counseling appointment or call 952-358-8261. If you are an employer with questions about recruitment and would like to discuss options with our office, call 952-358-8628 or email careerservices@normandale.edu

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