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Students

These guidelines are suggestions to help you make the most of your time at the university of Wisconsin-River Falls by setting up a basic framework for planning your career. Your career development is a continual process that extends beyond your time at UWRF. The tools provided below can be used throughout your professional career.

Your Career Path

First Year

     
  • Schedule an appointment in Career Services to  explore your interests, skills, and personality by taking free career  assessments.
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  • Utilize the Career Services’ website to research  career paths and majors, including the What Can I Do with a Major In guides.
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  • Pick at least one student organization or  activity to build connections to the campus and community.
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  • Discuss your career options and academic plans  with your academic advisor.
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  • Complete your profile in Hire-a-Falcon to access  on-campus, summer, volunteer, and internship postings.
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  • Create a professional resume and cover letter  and have it critiqued.
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  • Attend the Career Fair to interact with  professionals in a wide variety of fields.
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  • Take courses you enjoy that will help you decide  if your major is a good fit.
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  • Participate in the Study Abroad Fair.
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  • Access the What Can I Do with a Major In website  to help explore career possibilities.
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  • Meet with a Career Counselor to get started on  developing your career exploration action plan.
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  • Attend the Opportunity Fair in the spring to  explore on-campus, part-time, volunteer and summer job opportunities.

Second Year

     
  • Strengthen your campus involvement by  participating in the Falcon 5 leadership program.
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  • Research companies and internship opportunities  in the fields in which you are most interested.
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  • Take an active role in one of the organizations  you have joined.
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  • Begin developing your professional LinkedIn  profile.
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  • Seek a mentor by building relationships with  professors, advisors, campus staff, and professionals in your field.
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  • Attend the Opportunity Fair in early spring to  find out about part-time, volunteer, summer and on-campus jobs.
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  • Conduct informational interviews and job shadows  by utilizing campus resources included the Career Services’ Mentor Network in  LinkedIn.
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  • Volunteer with local organizations to gain a  better understanding of your field.
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  • Consider studying abroad to increase your global  and international awareness.
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  • Attend the Career Fair each semester to begin  networking with professionals in your field of interest.
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  • Speak with faculty members about research  opportunities within your major.

Third Year

     
  • Attend on and off campus career fairs to learn  about internship and full-time jobs.
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  • Create a LinkedIn profile to connect with  professionals and alumni in your field of interest.
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  • Seek opportunities to conduct research with  faculty members.
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  • Utilize Career Services’ website and  Hire-a-Falcon to locate job and internship opportunities.
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  • Continue building upon your network by  participating in networking socials, held every semester.
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  • Schedule an appointment with Career Services to  update your resume, cover letter and professional references.
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  • Participate in Mock Interview Day to polish your  interviewing skills.
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  • Investigate graduate school opportunities and  entrance requirements.
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  • Attend employer information sessions to learn  about a wide variety of internship and employment opportunities.

Fourth Year

     
  • Update your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn  profile and seek feedback from Career Services and professionals in your field.
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  • Finalize your graduate school selection by  having your statement of purpose critiqued, and begin obtaining letters of  recommendation.
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  • Participate in additional mock interviews  offered through Career Services.
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  • Ensure you make a positive first impression by  attending the Etiquette Dinners and Networking Socials.
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  • Follow-up with networking contacts you have  established to uncover job and internship opportunities.
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  • Attend the Career Fair both semesters to  actively engage with employers and begin applying for full-time positions.
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  • Continue accessing Hire-a-Falcon to sign up for  interviews with employers, and review job postings. Additionally, upload your  resume so you can be referred to employers for jobs in your field.
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  • Meet with a Career Counselor to learn how to  accept and decline job offers as well as negotiate salary.

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Career Services, Division of Student Affairs
career.services@uwrf.edu
715-425-3572
M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
211 Hagestad Hall

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