University of Minnesota

Second Year Experience

Office of Undergraduate Education


Important Dates


General Roadmap

MAJOR Decisions

The 60 credit mark may feel like it is approaching fast! Do you have your major plan in place? You may not know your exact career path yet, and that's okay. Most majors have a variety of career opportunities, so no matter what major you choose you will have a variety of career options!

If you haven't already, start getting involved with campus groups and volunteer opportunities related to the careers you are interested in. This way you can gain experience and build up your skills and resume. You can discover which career paths within your major you enjoy and which ones you don't. Remember, the experience you get outside of the classroom can be just as important as your major!

  • If you are still searching for a major, look over the website for the Center for Academic Planning and Exploration. You can start creating your Action plan or schedule an appointment with a professional CAPE Coach!
  • A great way to find the right campus opportunity for you is to check out the Engage! Search Tool. Type in any key word (e.g. marine biology or European History) and narrow your search results with the links on the right!

Have You Met With Your Adviser Lately?

At this point you are nearly halfway through your college career! This is one of the most important times to be meeting with your advisor to be sure you are on-track to graduate. Do you plan to study abroad? Does your major program require a minor or a research component? Or maybe you've recently discovered something that interests you. Now is the time to start mapping these things out!

Talk with your advisor about your career goals. Where do you see yourself after graduation? Your advisor can help you create a master four-year plan for you to follow on your path to success.

Maybe you're speeding through your required coursework and have time for a double major or a minor that complements your career goals.

  • Look out your APAS report before meeting with your advisor to check on your degree progress.

Fall Finances

While next fall might seem far away, it's time to start figuring out your finances. Scholarships are already available for next fall, and the deadlines come up quick! It can be easy to put scholarships at the end of your to-do list, because it can take some time to complete these applications. But did you know that the outcome can result in hundreds to thousands of dollars per hour equivalent of work? Not bad, right? So take advantage of the opportunities!

Additionally, it may be helpful to create a budget for the summer. Calculate how much you need to save for next fall based on your working situation, and then create a spending budget based on the amount you will be working this summer. It's important to know these details before accepting your summer position!

  • Not sure what scholarships you’re eligible for? Check out the scholarship search tool!
  • Need a job? GOLDPass offers hundreds of opportunities on and off campus for every major and area of interest!
  • GOLDPass has many hidden features. Check out these videos to learn how to utilize it!

Career Roadmap


  • As you register for courses and declare your major, plan engagement opportunities to help you affirm your choice and connect with local communities.
  • Identify your goals for your summer job or internship. Do you want to gain skills? Confirm interest? Try something new? All of the above?!


  • Schedule a few Informational Interviews to help solidify your career goals and summer plans.

Want to read more?
Career Planning in Your Second Year





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