Things to think about
- Consider how your diverse background is valuable to an organization. Some employers appreciate the unique insight multicultural students can bring to their position.
- Consider the cultural communication differences that may exist in an interview. Set up an appointment with a CSE career counselor to learn interviewing strategies.
- Check company rankings regarding commitment to diversity on the DiversityInc website.
- Critically evaluate employers for factors such as:
- Does the organization offer diversity training or workshops?
- Does the organization have policies on religious observances?
- Does the organization have any specific mention of diversity on its website and mission statement?
Connect with professionals and peers
Networking with multicultural professionals or other students in your field of interest can be a great way to get career advice. Below are a few ways to make connections.
- Ask family, friends, advisors, or instructors if they know any multicultural professionals you can talk to for advice on your career plans.
- Attend professional association meetings to meet multicultural professionals in your field. Visit the CSE Career Center’s Major and Career Exploration web page, or search online using keywords such as “Multicultural Engineers Professional Association.”
- Join groups such as the “Minority Professional Network” or “Diversity in Minnesota” and create an account on the LinkedIn website.
- Join student groups that relate to your professional goals. This is a great way to network with your peers. Many groups also bring in professionals in the field to speak with students. Visit the CSE student groups web page for a full list.
- Attend career fairs, employer information sessions, networking events, and career panels. Find upcoming events on the GoldPASS website.
Job search resources
- INROADS – Helps place talented minority youth in business and industry, and prepares them for corporate and community leadership. Read more on the INROADS website.
- IMDiversity – Job bank and resource for specific diverse groups. Read more on the IMDiversity website.
- Quintessential Careers – Provides links to career and job sites focused on people from diverse backgrounds. Read more on the Quintessential Careers website.
Your legal rights
As a multicultural student, you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search or career. To learn what constitutes an illegal interview question and how to handle the situation, read the “Handling Improper Interview Question” page on the Middlebury website. If you experience discrimination once you are in a job, check out tips and information about employment discrimination on the FindLaw website.