The Career Development Center is offering a special opportunity for STUDENTS IN THE  COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES AND STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT DECLARED THEIR MAJOR to explore career options. Students will be able to learn about careers in the following areas:   business and healthcare related, government, nonprofit, marketing-communications, technology and science


The Pathfinders schedule includes a mix of hands-on activities and small group sessions with larger group presentations. For example, you will learn the benefits of a liberal arts degree, participate in active learning exercises, hear from panels of alumni in specific industries and connect with alumni, employers and other students at a networking reception. Later in the spring, you can experience a workplace setting through a company career trek. For a full schedule of events, take a look at the Pathfinders schedule.

Pathfinders will take place at the following locations: Thursday, Woulfe Alumni Hall, St. Paul campus, Friday, Scooters, St. Paul campus.  Career treks will be held at various places across the Twin Cities metropolitan area in the Spring. Specific information on career treks will be forwarded to all participants as we get closer to the event.

The Pathfinders program registration is now open.  You can find the registration link on the Career Development Center website under Pathfinders. We recommend registering early since space is limited. Be sure to check your availability before registering for the program.

Please note that preference will be given to students in the College of Arts and Sciences and undecided students. However, if you don’t fit into these two categories, sign up anyway.  If we have space, we would love to have you participate.

If you submitted a completed form, you will be accepted into Pathfinders program unless we have reached capacity. Students will be notified of their status via email. Please do not make or change travel plans until you have officially received that email.

No, the Pathfinders program is free.

Yes. All meals will be covered from Thursday afternoon thru the end of the program which is Friday afternoon.

Yes, absolutely! In fact, this program is designed for you. The purpose of Pathfinders is to help you explore, research, develop and implement your career interests and goals. This program includes hands-on activities, opportunities to meet and connect with alumni and employers and visits to local organizations.

Ideally, to get the maximum benefit of the Pathfinders program, we would like for students to attend all the sessions from January 31 through February 1st.‚Äč However, if you cannot attend on both days, please note on your registration form.

Yes. All Pathfinders participants will be able to move back to their residence halls on Thursday, January 31.  More details will be provided after registration.

The attire for Pathfinders is business casual. For women, this means a dress, or a skirt (knee-length), or nice pants with a blouse or dress shirt. For men, this means nice pants with a dress shirt (tie is optional).

Since this is not a recruiting event, you are not required to have a resume or cover letter prepared in order to participate in Pathfinders. However, if you choose to bring your resume, we recommend, that you review the information on the Career Center website or make an appointment to see a career counselor.

Though Pathfinders will not directly connect you with an internship, it will open many doors for you. Specifically, Pathfinders will give you the tools to help you define and articulate your skills, the opportunity to explore career fields that will help you clarify your interests, and introduce you to many Tommie alumni and employers. Additionally, participating in Pathfinders will give you greater familiarity with the many services and resources available to you through the Career Center that will help you search for an internship.

  • Students will make progress in self-understanding relative to career planning
  • Students will be able to cite their Strengths, understand their application, and be able to articulate them to professionals
  • Students will expand knowledge of their career options
  • Students will feel more confident in networking situations, both formal and informal

There will be professionals working in healthcare-related companies representing a variety of professions.  However, direct, patient-care roles will not be represented.  The Career Development Center is planning a separate, special event on this topic for mid-April 2019.  Watch the Career Center’s Seminars & Events webpage for more information!