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UWS Career Treks

Traditionally, a Career Trek is a site visit that companies provide. It’s a unique chance to learn about a company of interest, any job or internship opportunities they have available, and what they might look for in candidates that apply. The Career Services Offices across the UW-System have teamed up to provide 13 weeks of Virtual Career Treks in the fall of 2020, hosted every Wednesday at 2:00 PM. Attending a Virtual Career trek is an opportunity to engage with industry professionals, expand your network, and increase your awareness of career possibilities.

Below is the schedule of upcoming Virtual Career Treks. To view past (recorded) Career Treks, scroll to the bottom of this webpage.


To register for a Virtual Career Trek: 

1. Click the red "RSVP" button under the trek in which you would like to register for. You will be redirected to Handshake. 

2. Log in to your Handshake account using your school's credentials.

3. Once you've been signed in to Handshake and you're on the correct Virtual Career Trek event, click the blue "Register" button. 

The Career Trek will take place via Zoom. On the day of the event, return to the Handshake event and click the meeting link. You will be redirected to Zoom where you will need to input your name and email address before joining the virtual event.

Upcoming Virtual Career Treks


Sep 
30


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Gundersen Health System
Virtual Career Trek 
2:00 PM
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Oct 
7


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Greenheck
Virtual Career Trek 
2:00 PM
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Oct 
14


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Menards
Virtual Career Trek 
2:00 PM
Web Buttons (3)


Oct 
21


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Phillips Medisize
Virtual Career Trek 
2:00 PM
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Oct 
28


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Kenosha Public Museum
Virtual Career Trek 
2:00 PM
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Nov 
4


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American Family Insurance
Virtual Career Trek 
2:00 PM
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Nov 
11


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Northwestern Mutual
Virtual Career Trek 
2:00 PM
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Nov 
18


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Exact Sciences
Virtual Career Trek 
2:00 PM
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Dec 
2


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Colony Brands
Virtual Career Trek 
2:00 PM
Web Buttons (3)


Dec 
9


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Acuity
Virtual Career Trek 
2:00 PM
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Past Virtual Career Treks

Sep 
9

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Winfield United
Virtual Career Trek 
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Sep 
16


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Halvor Logistics
Virtual Career Trek 
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Sep 
23


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Oshkosh Corp
Virtual Career Trek
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Frequently Asked Questions

What technology will I need to attend a Virtual Career Trek?
You will need a laptop or mobile device with an internet connection. Virtual Career Treks will be hosted on Zoom, which can be accessed online or using the app.

How long is a Virtual Career Trek?
Treks are typically hosted for 30-60 minutes in length. Please plan to participate for 45-60 minutes. 

Do I need to dress up for the Virtual Career Trek?
Yes. We encourage you to dress like you would at a career fair. You will have the opportunity to interact with the employers in a group or one-on-one meeting, so you want to look your best. 

Should I prepare anything before the Virtual Career Trek?
1.  Have your resume reviewed by your career services department so it is ready to provide to employers should they ask for it.  Upload your resume to Handshake.
2.  Complete/Update your Handshake and LinkedIn profiles!
3.  Switch your Handshake profile to the “Community” setting so an employer can see your accomplishments.
4.  Research the company/organization you will be “visiting” using Handshake and LinkedIn – look at their company’s overview, student reviews, and current job/internship postings.
5.  Create a list of questions to ask the employer during the Trek. Below are some options for you to consider: 

  • What do you enjoy most about working with (name of company/organization)?
  • What makes someone successful working for (name of company/organization)?
  • Is there room for growth for current employees?
  • What are some current issues or trends in the field that I should know about?
  • What kind of accomplishments are valued/rewarded at (name of company/organization)?
  • What types of professional development activities are available for employees?
  • How is the company/organization involved with the surrounding communities?
  • What advice do you have for me during my internship or job search?

What should I do to make the most of the Virtual Career Trek?
1. Act professionally. Remove all distractions (e.g., phone, television, games, etc.) from your surroundings. Think of this as a 1st interview!
2. Avoid multitasking during the visit. This is not the time to finish up a class assignment or peruse the web
3. Ensure that your video feed is well-lit and has a clutter-free background. Find a neutral backdrop like a wall, screen, or curtains
4. Log in early in case of technical difficulties
5. Have your notetaking tools ready - write down the names, job titles, and contact information of the employer’s representative(s) on the visit

What happens if I get disconnected?
Although we encourage you to test your technology in advance, we understand that disconnects still might happen. Once you register for the event, you will be given a link to the Zoom call. On the day of the Career Trek, click the link and join the event. 

If you get disconnected, confirm your internet connection is stable and try logging onto the link again. If you cannot seem to get the link to work, contact tech support: 

Haley Carr
Employer Relations & Events Specialist
Career Services 
University of Wisconsin-Superior
hcarr1@uwsuper.edu

Do I need to do anything after the Virtual Career Trek?
Yes! Just like after an interview, make sure you send a thank you note to the employer’s representative(s). Below is an example of a thank you email. 

Thank you email example

 

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