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Career Services

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Career Services looks forward to partnering with you to assist your student in succeeding as a student and professional after graduation. In this section, you can explore ways to communicate with your student about career topics including choosing a major, creating a resume, gaining relevant and essential experience, and more. You will also find links to helpful resources both you and your student can utilize. If you have any questions or would like to learn how to better assist your student, please contact Career Services at 715-425-3572 or career.services@uwrf.edu.


Partnering with Career Services

View ways in which you can promote career development opportunities to your student beginning their first year at UWRF.

If your student is feeling anxious about their future, suggest that they check out our website and consider making an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss their interests and options. In addition, encourage them to attend Career Services hosted events. They can stay connected with us by reading Career Services email communications and following us on social media (Instagram ; Facebook) for event updates and career-related advice.

Ask your student, "Have you visited Career Services?" If you hear, "You only go there when you are a senior," then it's time to reassure them that career services is not just for seniors, and using our services can take place at any point in their college career. Career Services offers a wide variety of programs including introductory workshops on how to write your first resume all the way to advanced mock interview opportunities. The sooner a student becomes familiar with the staff, resources, and programs, the better prepared they will be.

Part of experiencing college life is to be involved and active outside the classroom. Interpersonal and leadership skills—qualities valued by future employers—are often developed in extracurricular activities within student organizationsintramurals, and other activities on-campus and make great additions to student resumes.

It's never too early to write a resume. Writing a resume can help a student identify areas that may be lacking or in need of enhancement. Career Services offers an introductory resume writing workshop every semester, along with a review service where students can have their resume drafts reviewed and critiqued by one of our, well-trained, Peer Advisors.

Most students have a stereotypical view of the workplace. Take them to your workplace and explain what you do for a living. Show them how to network by interacting with your own colleagues. Introduce your student to people who have the careers/jobs that are of interest and help them identify potential employers. Suggest your student contact people in your personal and professional networks for information on summer jobs.

Encourage your student to use LinkedIn to create a professional profile, and connect with professionals to learn about career fields through informational interviews, job shadowing, and other opportunities. 

Career Services does not "place" your student in a job upon graduation. Colleges grant degrees, but not job guarantees, so having relevant experience in this competitive job market is critical. Students can sample career options by participating in internships and experimenting with summer employment opportunities or volunteer work. Your student can also search Handshake for internship and job opportunities.

Why an internship?

  • Having a high GPA is not enough, employers want to see transferable communication, problem-solving, and administrative skills which can be developed through internships.
  • Employers look for experience on a student's resume and often hire from within their own internship programs.
  • A strong letter of recommendation from an internship supervisor can often tip the scale of an important interview in their favor.

It's okay to make suggestions about majors and career fields, professional programs, internships, and graduate schools, but at the end of the day, let your student be the ultimate judge of what's best for them. Career development can be stressful because this may be the first big decision that they have had to make. Be patient, sympathetic and understanding, even if you don't always agree with their decisions.

If you feel like your student needs some assistance, Career Services provides a variety of resources to assist with career exploration. Career Assessments are used to assist individuals with identifying how their personality, skills, values, and interests may best match specific majors or career paths. Our office uses the Career Liftoff, which identifies one's interests and relates those to a wide array of potential careers. Upon completing the assessment, Career Counselors will assist with interpreting and relating the results to potential career or major options. In addition, the Explore Majors and Careers page can be helpful in exploring majors and their related career fields.

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Career Services
career.services@uwrf.edu
715-425-3572
M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
187 Rodli Hall

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