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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 a total of 26 Virtual Career Treks during the 2020-2021 academic year, and this initiative will continue in the fall of 2021. For the 2021-2022 academic year, Virtual Career Treks will be hosted every Wednesday at 12:00 PM (noon). Attending a Virtual Career trek is an opportunity to engage with industry professionals, expand your network, and increase your awareness of career possibilities. Preview the schedule of Virtual Career Treks coming in fall of 2021 below. To view past (recorded) Career Treks, scroll to the bottom of this webpage.

To register for a Virtual Career Trek: 

1. Click the "Register" 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 "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. 

Please note: for the security of the event, all live Virtual Career Treks will not be accessible after 12:05 PM on the day of. If you do not join the meeting prior to 12:05 PM, you will not be able to participate and will need to watch the replay of the trek at a later time. Replays are posted to this website no later than noon the following Monday. 

Upcoming Virtual Career Treks

Dec
8

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Great Northern Corporation
Virtual Career Trek 
12:00 - 1:00 PM
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Feb 
2

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Fincantieri Marinette Marine
Virtual Career Trek 
12:00 - 1:00 PM
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Feb
9

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12:00 - 1:00 PM
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Feb
16

Company TBD
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12:00 - 1:00 PM
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Feb
23

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Kellogg PEAK Initiative
Virtual Career Trek 
12:00 - 1:00 PM
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Mar
2

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Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Virtual Career Trek 
12:00 - 1:00 PM
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Mar
9

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Festival Foods
Virtual Career Trek 
12:00 - 1:00 PM
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Mar
23

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Avista
Virtual Career Trek 
12:00 - 1:00 PM
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Apr
6

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12:00 - 1:00 PM
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Apr
13

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12:00 - 1:00 PM
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Apr
20

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12:00 - 1:00 PM
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Apr
27

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12:00 - 1:00 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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Sep 
30


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Gundersen Health System
Virtual Career Trek
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Oct 
7


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Greenheck
Virtual Career Trek 
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Oct 
14


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Menards
Virtual Career Trek
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Oct 
21


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Phillips Medisize
Virtual Career Trek
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Oct 
28


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Kenosha Public Museum
Virtual Career Trek 
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Nov 
4


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American Family Insurance
Virtual Career Trek
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Nov 
11


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Northwestern Mutual
Virtual Career Trek
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Nov 
18


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Exact Sciences
Virtual Career Trek
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Dec 
2


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Colony Brands
Virtual Career Trek
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Dec 
9


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Acuity
Virtual Career Trek
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Feb 
3

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JB Hunt
Virtual Career Trek 
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Feb 
10


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Society Insurance
Virtual Career Trek
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Feb 
24


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Skyward
Virtual Career Trek
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Mar 
3


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Organic Valley
Virtual Career Trek
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Mar 
10


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Turn Key Corrections/Three Square Market
Virtual Career Trek 
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Mar 
17


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Royal Credit Union
Virtual Career Trek 
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Mar 
24


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Heartland Business Systems
Virtual Career Trek
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Mar 
31


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Kenosha Unified School District
Virtual Career Trek 
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Apr 
7


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Imperial Supplies
Virtual Career Trek 
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Apr 
21


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Kohl's
Virtual Career Trek 
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Apr 
28


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Uline
Virtual Career Trek 
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Sept
8

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Gea Process Engineering
Virtual Career Trek 
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Sept
15

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Rockwell Automation
Virtual Career Trek 
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Sept
22
 

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Haribo
Virtual Career Trek
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Oct
6

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Kwik Trip
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Oct
13

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Sargento 
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Oct
20

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DeForest Area School District
Virtual Career Trek 
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Oct
27

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Enterprise
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Nov
3

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Sherwin Williams
Virtual Career Trek
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Nov
10

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Lands' End
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Nov
17

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Marshfield Clinic Health System
Virtual Career Trek
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Dec
1

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TDS Telecom
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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. 

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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