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Exploring Career Interests

From an early age you have developed interests, skills and values that will affect your future career choices. You learn more about your strengths and career goals from engaging in experience, including: campus activities, leadership positions, athletics, internships, jobs, classes, research, volunteer activities and more! Through exploration and reflection you discover more opportunities that are a good fit for you and therefore continue the cycle of growth.

Resources at UW-Madison

Our campus offers a great deal of support for students seeking assistance and guidance in the transition to career. Please reference the list of campus resources below:

  • Career Services Offices – The University of Wisconsin-Madison has many career centers; each school or college has their own center to serve your individualized career development needs. This link will bring you to the Badger Careers website created by the College of Engineering, and it will allow you to locate your career services office by searching your college, major, or career choice.
  • Career Exploration Center (CEC) – The CEC is part of the Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS) and is designed to assist students in exploring their options for majors and careers. The CEC is a great place to learn about your interests, skills, and personality, and how they can guide you as you make important life decisions. They offer one-on-one advising, career assessments, workshops, and have a library you can use to assist you during this process.
  • Career Locker - CareerLocker was created by the UW School of Education. This website provides the information, tools, and resources that young adults need to make the best decisions for their future by providing career assessments, links to job openings, individual learning plans, and more. To access CareerLocker, simply login to MyUW using your NetID login, click on “Add more to home” found in the upper right hand corner of the page, and search CareerLocker. You will then be able to launch the app and create an account.
  • Cross-College Advising Service – In addition to the Career Exploration Center, CCAS offers drop-in academic advising for students looking to further explore interests. They have drop-in offices located throughout campus for easy access.
  • Academic Advising – All students at UW-Madison are assigned an academic advisor who can assist with scheduling classes, exploring interests, and finding ways to expand involvement on campus. They are a great resource to use when deciding on a major or career!
  • Explore Majors and Careers through Badger Careers – The Badger Careers website gives an in-depth view of steps to take when exploring majors and careers, including guidelines and suggestions for informational interviewing. For a list of all majors at UW-Madison, please visit the Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2017.
  • Assess Your Skills through Badger Careers – When thinking about the career path you want to take, it is important to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. The Badger Careers website does a great job of identifying different skills areas and showing how those skills can translate into strengths in the workplace.
  • UW Student Job Center – What better way to discover your ideal career than by finding a student job? The UW Student Job Center connects students with positions available both at UW-Madison and within the neighboring communities.
  • Student Organizations (Wisconsin Involvement Network) - Student organizations are a great way to network, gain experience in an area of interest, and build your resume. The Wisconsin Involvement Network (WIN) is UW-Madison’s student organization website that allows you to identify, organize, and coordinate your out-of-classroom involvement experiences.
  • Study Abroad – The International Academic Program offers over 200 study abroad programs in more than 60 countries. Studying abroad and being surrounded by another culture can be an eye opening experience when it comes to discovering your ultimate life goals.

To review upcoming career events being held at UW-Madison, please visit UW's Career Events Calendar.

Non-UW Resources

Beyond the resources readily available on campus at UW-Madison, there are further tools that can be used for your career exploration.

Interest Assessment

Interest Assessments are a great way to self-reflect and understand what motivates you to succeed. This can ultimately assist you when it comes to finding your ideal career path.

  • O-NET Interest Profiler – This tool can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work, thus helping you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.
  • ISEEK Career Cluster Interest Survey – This survey lets you rate activities you enjoy, your personal qualities, and school subjects you like. Then you can see which career clusters are a match for your interests.
  • Getting Hired Career Assessment – This personality assessment offered through Getting Hired provides you with insight about your individual personality traits and the types of jobs and career paths you may find most fulfilling and enjoyable.

Career Fairs

Attending a career fair is a great way to get actively involved in exploring your career options. Although there are many career fairs offered through UW over the course of a school year, there are also other career fairs available from outside resources that you may find beneficial.

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