Welcome to the Talent Gateway
Today's workplace requires creative, flexible, adaptable project leaders and problem solvers who can interact with the diverse world around them in a positive way. At the same time, they must also balance lifelong learning and a personal life. How will you gain these skills?
Unique to UM-Dearborn, the Talent Gateway can help you get ready for a successful life and career by connecting you with resources and opportunities and then providing you with a space to reflect on the impact of these experiences. Where do you want to grow? How do you communicate, collaborate, and interact with people who are different than you? How can you develop the competencies employers are looking for?
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The (M)Talent Distinction
Earn points towards the (M)Talent distinction on your transcript by reflecting on "challenges" that stretch you to think creatively and leverage the connections among all of your learning and living experiences. Through our web-based gameful approach to career-readiness, you will recognize and articulate your existing skills while also developing new skills that employers seek such as critical, creative thinking and problem-solving, collaboration, oral and written communication, digital literacy, and global fluency.
Voluntary participation in the Talent Gateway means:
- taking initiative, building confidence, and stepping outside your comfort zone
- connecting with peers, faculty, staff, and alumni to explore your passions
- investing in yourself by spending a few minutes a day on your professional future
- reflecting on the connections among personal, academic and professional goals to get "career-ready"
- developing a habit of creative reflection that will launch you on a trajectory of success and thoughtful action
Challenge submissions are read and responded to by the Talent Ambassadors, who are upperclassmen or graduate students. They are also available as peer mentors, helping students identify personal passions and interests, and discovering opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Within the Talent Gateway's virtual community, students also interact with learning modules, identify resources, and work with mentors. All of these opportunities encourage life-long habits that will launch students on a trajectory of continuous reflection and thoughtful action, preparing them for professional and personal success.
The DUCC Mentoring Program
The Diverse Understanding Creating Community (DUCC) Mentoring Program is here to support you during your first year at the university! This collaborative effort between the Office of Student Life and the Talent Gateway aspires to have a positive impact on first year student success while encouraging campus engagement, connectivity, and community.
Participating students will join a group led by an upperclassman mentor who will serve as a resource for you as you navigate the first-year experience. Participate in study seminars, luncheons with faculty/staff, and panel discussions with upperclassmen mentors.
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