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Talent Gateway Challenges

This guide covers challenges created by, or related to, the Mardigian Library and our Stamelos Gallery Center

Scanning the Landscape Challenges

Career Scan: A Little Research Never Hurts 

Point Value: 500

There are lots of resources available on the web to do career research, but there are also some special databases available through the UM-Dearborn Library. For this challenge, visit the UM-Dearborn Library’s career databases and research two careers that sound interesting but aren’t necessarily related to your major.

Respond to the following:

  • What did you find helpful?
  • What information did you find and how can this be helpful to you in your career pursuits?
  • Does this new information help you think about these careers in new ways?
  • Be specific.


What Workers Do: Find Salaries and Job Outlook for Careers of Interest

Point Value: 750

For this challenge, visit the UM-Dearborn Library's career databases, and select the "Occupational Outlook" database. After you have browsed the database, reflect on the following:

  • Which careers did you research and why?
  • What are the unemployment rates, salaries or other statistics for these careers?
  • Would you consider going into this field and why?
  • How does knowing how to do this type of research transfer to other projects?


Conversing Across Campus with the Living Library

Point Value: 750

The students, staff and faculty at the University of Michigan – Dearborn reflect exciting diversity in backgrounds, life experiences, human perspectives, and passions. Each individual has a unique story to tell.

For this challenge, drop by the Mardigian Library’s Living Library event (this is likely a once per year event, so check the Mardigian Library website for details). As a Living Reader, browse the collection, select a Living Book to connect with, and enjoy a 15-minute conversation that you never would have had anywhere else. Ask questions, explore differences, breakdown stereotypes and misconceptions, learn, and share.

After participating in the event, reflect on these questions:

  • What experiences, perspectives, or opinions did you feel you had in common?
  • What surprises or revelations were brought forth?
  • What did you learn?
  • What was your takeaway thought as the conversation ended?
  • How can learning about others as individuals impact your personal, academic or professional success?


Discovering Library Space

Point Value: 500

Key: Unlocks Exploring Library Space

Finding a comfortable place to study can help you complete assignments and prepare well for exams. Visit the Mardigian Library and explore the study spaces on all four floors.  While you are there, think about what type of environment best suits your study needs.  For example: Do you like complete quiet? Do you prefer to study with a partner? When you have completed your visit, respond to the following:

  • What did you learn about the library building? Did it meet your expectations? Why or why not?
  • Which space best fits the type of study environment you prefer? Why?
  • Are there different types of work you do that might require a different type of library space?
  • How might discovering environments that suit you well support your personal and career goals?


Getting Familiar with Campus: Tours
Point Value: 250
Category: Scanning the Landscape

Schedule and then participate in a campus tour or take a walk around campus on your own, then respond to the following:

  • What were some interesting things that you learned about from being on the tour?
  • What is your favorite spot on campus?
  • Did you observe any artwork on campus? If so, what emotions did you experience while viewing this piece?
  • Does this help you feel more connected to the UM-Dearborn campus?
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