Talent Gateway

The world of work is changing rapidly - multiple careers, short and long term positions, collaborative projects. Are you ready for it? How will you develop the skills needed to reinvent yourself throughout your career?

The Talent Gateway is an initiative unique to the University of Michigan-Dearborn that empowers students to drive their own development by providing opportunities for you to explore the connections among your academic, personal, and professional goals through gameful learning.

Within the Talent Gateway’s virtual community, you can:

  • become part of a community
  • engage with mentors, network, and make connections
  • develop creative problem-solving skills through “challenges”
  • reflect on the connections among personal, academic and career goals to get "career-ready"

All of these encourage personal growth and professional development as you develop self-motivation, agility, resiliency and flexibility. Because the Talent Gateway is web-based, you choose when and how to participate.

The (M)Talent distinction identifies students who have demonstrated the characteristics of an exceptional employee who demonstrates far more than technical skills and work experience. As students reflect on a series of “challenges,” they earn points that iteratively and gamefully help them develop life-long habits and launch them on a trajectory of continuous reflection and thoughtful action.

Students have the ability to achieve one of two distinctions through the Talent Gateway: (M)Talent or (M)Talent Honors Transfer (HT).

(M)Talent distinction

Students who achieve the (M)Talent distinction have demonstrated their initiative and drive, grown their confidence, developed creative problem- solving skills, and deepened their empathy toward others.

To earn this distinction, students must achieve 50,000 points in Talent Gateway Challenges, and complete three impact challenges. The final challenge is a presentation to demonstrate the skills developed, creative thinking and problem-solving ability, how self-reflection has been beneficial in these areas, and how other students can learn from your experience.

By completing Talent Gateway challenges to earn 50,000 points, students demonstrate the ongoing development of their professional skills and their comprehension of how their academic, personal, and career goals can be integrated.  Through this program, students have developed a habit of reflection and creating thinking, thus better preparing them

for the changing workforce.  By presenting at the (M)Talent Showcase (the final challenge), students gain public speaking experience and confidence.

(M)Talent Honors Transfer (HT) distinction

Students who achieve the (M)Talent HT distinction have demonstrated their initiative and drive, grown their confidence, developed creative problem-solving skills, and deepened their empathy towards others.

(M)Talent HT awardees have surpassed these expectations by completing honors-level challenges within an interdisciplinary and diverse community, engaging with a mentor, and enhancing their leadership skills through collaboration. This award recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of transfer students who have earned a cumulative 3.5 and above grade point average (GPA).

To earn this distinction, students must achieve 50,000 points in Talent Gateway Challenges, earning 30,000 points in the Honors category, and have a 3.5 cumulative GPA in the term preceding the award. Additionally, students will have engaged with a mentor for at least one semester, and completed three impact challenges.  The final challenge is a presentation to demonstrate the skills they have developed, their creative thinking and problem-solving ability, how self-reflection has benefited them in these areas, and how other students can learn from their experience.

By completing Talent Gateway challenges to earn 50,000 points, 30,000 of which are in the Honors category, students demonstrate the ongoing development of their professional skills and their comprehension of how their academic, personal, and career goals can be integrated. By completing this honors program as a part of their participating in an interdisciplinary, diverse learning community, students have developed a habit of reflection and creative thinking as well as the collaborative skills required for the changing workforce.

Get in the driver’s seat and join the Talent Gateway! Visit umdearborn.edu/talentgateway  Location: 285 Fairlane Center North.