ABUS 3051

About This Course

This is a two-credit upper-division elective course that prepares students for the transition from college to full-time employment or an internship, or to make a career change. It is appropriate for any student who is interested in gaining practical knowledge about career planning and job search skills and exploring career paths and options.


Carol Klempka
Carol Klempka

MA in leadership and BA in human services, Concordia University, Saint Paul

Carol Klempka has been a provider of higher education for over 25 years. She is faculty emeritus at Concordia University, having held the positions of program chair of the BA Business program and associate dean of the School of Continuing Studies. During that phase of her academic career, she developed curriculum in organizational behavior and mindful and authentic leadership behaviors, helping learners move along the continuum of self-directedness, honing their business skills and discovering their leadership potential. She has been developing user-friendly, tech-forward, interactive systems of instruction for CCAPS since 2017.

  • ABUS 3051 – Career Search for the Professional Environment
  • ABUS 4105 – Becoming an Authentic Leader in an Applied Business Setting
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Alyssa Maples

PhD, family social science with an emphasis on couple and family therapy, and BA, child psychology, University of Minnesota; MA, counseling and psychological services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Dr. Maples has extensive experience teaching undergraduate students and conducting research on college experiences that increase flourishing for college students. She has experience as a career counselor, and as a therapist she continues to work with young adults, focusing primarily on healing trauma and finding ways to thrive (including referrals to professional resources and career development). As an instructor in ABUS 3051, Alyssa enjoys assisting students to develop the skills and confidence that they can take forward into their professional lives.

  • ABUS 3051 – Career Search for the Professional Environment
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Caroline Marin

MA, Strategic Communications, Purdue University; BA, Sociology, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Caroline Marin’s studies at Purdue University focused on audience development and marketing. She has nearly two decades of experience in communications and organizational success spanning multiple industries, including education, journalism, public and media relations, and strategic marketing. She currently works at Thomson Reuters as a marketing operations lead. The most rewarding parts of her career come from supporting and developing collaborative and cohesive teams, something she’s pleased to bring to her teaching at the University of Minnesota.

  • ABUS 3051 – Career Search for the Professional Environment

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