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Career Skills Development

Once you have taken the time to discover your strengths and values, you will need to develop relevant skills to further excel in these areas.  UW-Madison offers many resources to help you develop the skills you will need when entering the workforce. Below you will find information on different departments and courses available to you on campus.

UW-Specific Resources

You can access the following information on the UW-Madison Career Development Resources document created by the McBurney Center, and this document also contains contact information for each office listed below.

  • Department of Continuing Studies - Adult Career and Special Student Services serves non-degree University Special students, nontraditional degree students, and local adults considering a career change. Their career and educational planning services include counseling regarding career change, advising about continuing education (both credit and noncredit), and financial assistance information. These services are delivered through individual appointments and workshops provided on campus and at community locations such as public libraries.
  • Division of Information Technology (DoIT) Software Training – Free Software Training for Students (STS) is available through DoIT as they offer technology training and project support for registered UW-Madison students. These trainings revolve around common software programs such as Excel, Java, Photoshop, and more.
  • Experiential Learning Programs through the College of Letters and Science (L&S) - Experiential Learning Programs include Day-in-the-Field, Job Shadow and Internship opportunities. Each of these programs aims to help students learn in a hands-on way about a career field, industry, or specific job. Students are encouraged to take part in any of or all of these programs to enhance their career exploration and connection to their academic pursuits. 
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) - Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are unique virtual teaching, learning, and research experiences that are not for credit, aimed at unlimited participation and available at no cost to learners around the world. MOOCs are supported by the university’s Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative, which aims to transform teaching, learning and engagement to inspire students and empower communities.
  • University Courses for Credit - UW-Madison offers multiple courses for credit that assist students in navigating the career world and developing important skills for life after college.  Some of these courses are as follows: Counseling Psychology 110: Emphasis on Career Strategies, Consumer Science 501: School of Human Ecology Career and Leadership Orientation, and Inter-L&S 210: Second-Year Career Development Course.
  • The Writing Center - UW’s Writing Center offers a variety of free workshops for students and faculty looking to improve their writing skills. These workshops focus on topics ranging from cover letter and resume writing to general grammar help and well beyond.
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