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Below are suggestions (by academic year) to help you make the most of your time at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and to establish a basic career planning framework. Your career development is a continual process that extends beyond your time at UWRF.

Your Career Path

First Year

At Career Services:

  • Schedule an appointment in Career Services to explore your interests, skills, and personality by taking free career assessments. 
  • Utilize the Career Services' website to research career paths and majors, including the What Can I Do with a Major In guides. 
  • Complete your profile in Handshake to access on-campus, part-time, volunteer, and internship postings. 
  • Create a professional resume and cover letter and have it critiqued by Career Services. Consider attending the My First Resume event if you do not have a resume.
  • Meet with a Career Counselor to get started on developing your career exploration action plan.

On-Campus:

  • Pick at least one student organization or activity to build connections to the campus and community. 
  • Discuss your career options and academic plans with your academic advisor.  
  • Take courses you enjoy that will help you decide if your major is a good fit.

Events to Attend: 

  • Attend the Career Fair to interact with professionals in a wide variety of fields.    
  • Participate in the Study Abroad Fair.       
  • Attend the Opportunity Fair in the spring to explore on-campus, part-time, volunteer and summer job opportunities.

Second Year

At Career Services:

  • Research companies and internship opportunities in the fields in which you are most interested. 
  • Meet with Career Services to discuss informational interviewing and job shadowing to learn more about particular careers.
  • Begin developing your professional LinkedIn profile.

On-Campus:

  • Strengthen your campus involvement by participating in the Falcon 5 program.  
  • Consider studying abroad to increase your global and international awareness. 
  • Take an active role in one of the organizations you joined. 
  • Seek a mentor by building relationships with professors, advisors, campus staff, and professionals in your field. 
  • Speak with faculty members about research opportunities within your major.

Events to Attend:

  • Attend the Opportunity Fair in early spring to find out about part-time, volunteer, summer and on-campus jobs.
  • Attend the Career Fair and Networking Social each semester to begin networking with professionals in your field of interest.
  • Participate in the Career Trek, Mock Interview, and/or Resume Roundtable events. Review the list of events hosted by Career Services and attend additional events of interest.

Off-Campus:

  • Volunteer with local organizations to gain a better understanding of your field.

Third Year

At Career Services:

  • Create a LinkedIn profile to connect with professionals and alumni in your field of interest. 
  • Utilize Career Services' website and Handshake to locate job and internship opportunities.  
  • Schedule an appointment with Career Services to update your resume, cover letter and professional references.
  • Investigate graduate school opportunities and entrance requirements.
  • Learn more about interviewing strategies and practice interviewing.

On-Campus:

  • Seek opportunities to conduct research with faculty members.
  • Explore leadership opportunities within student organizations.

Events to Attend:

  • Attend on and off campus Career Fairs to learn about internship and professional positions.
  • Continue building upon your network by participating in the Networking Social, held every semester.  
  • Participate in the Career Trek, Mock Interview, and/or Resume Roundtable events. Review the list of events hosted by Career Services and attend additional events of interest.

Off-Campus:

  • Complete an internship.

Fourth Year

At Career Services:

  • Update your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile and seek feedback from Career Services and professionals in your field.
  • Finalize your graduate school selection by having your statement of purpose critiqued, and begin obtaining letters of recommendation. Attend Graduate School Week events.
  • Meet with a Career Counselor to learn how to accept and decline job offers as well as negotiate salary.
  • Review the Career Services' website for job search and interviewing information.

Events to Attend:

  • Participate in Mock Interview Day, Resume Roundtable, Salary Negotiation Workshop and/or additional events of interest offered through Career Services. 
  • Ensure you make a positive first impression by attending the Etiquette Dinners and Networking Socials.    
  • Attend the Career Fair both semesters to actively engage with employers and begin applying for professional positions.

Next Steps:

  • Continue accessing Handshake to view job postings.
  • Additionally, upload your resume so you can be referred to employers for jobs in your field.  
  • Follow-up with networking contacts you have established to uncover job and internship opportunities.