The Benefits of Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the process of "learning through experience."  There are many opportunities for students to gain hands-on & real world experience on campus. Your experiential learning opportunities during your academic experience include:

*Internships and/or Co-ops  *Senior Design/Academic Projects 
*Talent Gateway      * Part-time Campus employment
*Research faculty directed student opportunities  *Volunteer experience 
*Student organizations  *Study Aboard


Career Preparation

The CECS Experiential Learning Office offers many student services and resources to assist you with your interest in experiential learning and career development.

Stop in the office or contact us for assistance and support take advantage of the many resources available to you.

Student Services Offered
  • Writing a "Winning" Resume & Resume Review 
  • Job Search Techniques
  • Interviewing Tips
  • Mock Interviews
  • Handling Job Offers
  • Career Fair Strategies
  • Networking Techniques
  • Helping you determine your best Experiential Learning Option (Degree Credit, Additive Credit or Self Reporting)
  • Workshops on various Career Development Topics
  • Experiential Learning Program and Talent Gateway options

Take control of your career!

Seek a Full-Time, Co-op or Internship?  The first step is to create your profile and upload your resume onto Career Connections is a university wide JOB BOARD, that you can use to search for opportunities, research employers, upload your resume and much more. 

Ace the Interview

Congratulations, on your upcoming interview.  To be successful and earn that job, remember the following:

  1. Research, Research, and more Research -  Learn everything you can about the position, employer and their services
  2. Practice, Practice and more Practice Interviewing
  3. Plan Ahead - Prepare questions for the interviewer(s) as if you are interviewing the company

*Download the JOB Search LOG to document and record your research: employer applications, interviews, contacts and websites.

*****Also click the "Action Button" below to follow links for interviewing resources.

Qualities Employers Seek
  • Communication skills (verbal/written)
  • Honesty/integrity
  • Teamwork skills (works well with others)
  • Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)
  • Motivation/initiative (problem solvers)
  • Strong work ethic
  • Analytical skills
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Computer skills
  • Self-confidence
Steps to a Successful Interview
  • Arrive on time.
  • Introduce yourself in a courteous manner.
  • Read company materials while you wait.
  • Have a firm handshake.
  • Listen.
  • Use body language to show interest.
  • Smile, nod, give nonverbal feedback to the interviewer
  • Ask about the next step in the process.
  • Thank the interviewer.
  • Write a thank-you letter/note to anyone you spoken to.
Before the BIG DAY
  • Review your skills, interests, and values
  • Know your RESUME
  • Prepare to answer questions about your resume, major, self....
  • Prepare questions for the interviewer
  • Practice interviewing to familiarize yourself with the interview process thru Mock Interviews & Big Interview
  • Dressed appropriately and for the JOB.
  • Adjust and acknowledge any online social media profiles: Twitter, Instragram, Facebook..........
  • Research the company (Key people, Major products or services, Major competitors, Latest NEWS REPORTS on the company)
Questions from Employer
  • Tell me about yourself
  • Why did you choose to attend UM-Dearborn?
  • How would others describe you?
  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • What led you to choose your major field of study?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What aspects of your last job did you like the best?
  • What are your short/long term career goals?
  • What have you done in the past year to improve yourself?
  • In what kind of work environment are you most yourself? comfortable?
  • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  • Describe the ideal relationship between a supervisor?
  • What is the hardest thing you've ever done?
  • What do you know about our organization?
Student Questions for Interviewer
  • What are some of the qualifications you expect the ideal candidate for this position to have?
  • What characteristics do the individuals who are successful in this position possess?
  • Could you describe the normal daily routine for this position?
  • Is there a training period? What does it involve?
  • What career patterns have others (hired former coops, full-time) followed who have completed the training program?
  • How would my performance be evaluated? How often? By whom?
  • Does your organization encourage its members to pursue additional education? What area of study is most encouraged?
  • How would you describe the organizational culture (or work environment)?
  • What current industry-wide trends are likely to affect your organization?
  • What will be the next step in this process? When will a hiring decision be made?

Co-op Education

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