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Career-related opportunities and resources for CALS students/alumni

With COVID-19 changing work situations and opportunities, it is a tough time to be entering the job market. Given the career impacts of the pandemic, UW–Madison is developing new and highlighting existing opportunities for students and alumni.

For current students and recent graduates:

Badgers on Track is an initiative to help current students and recent graduates face the challenges of the COVID economy. Many of the programs, including the virtual workshops, are open to students and recent graduates of all majors. Recordings of the first two virtual workshops are available online for students who were unable to attend, and there is another workshop happening soon: Virtual Interviewing with Confidence: Tuesday, July 14 / 1pm – 2pm

For current students and alumni/employers:

New Badger Micro-Internships: available to UW-Madison students through the Parker Dewey platform, these are short-term paid projects of between 5 and 40 hours per week, many of which can be completed remotely.

For current students:

Four new virtual case study experiences are being offered in late July in partnership with the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, School of Human Ecology, and Wisconsin School of Business. All majors are invited to participate in these events to learn, explore, and experience what it’s like to work in a professional field. Students should RSVP on Handshake for each case study to save their spot.

  • Design Thinking Experience: Problem Solving in the Modern Workplace
    Wednesday, July 22 / 9:00am – 1:00pm CDT
    Design thinking – the process of innovation to solve complex problems, is a skill that’s increasingly sought after by employers in today’s marketplace. Learn about and get experience with design thinking with a team of other students to craft and propose solutions for a very current societal challenge – the future of the workplace.
    Sponsored by the School of Human Ecology
    RSVP on Handshake
  • “Change is the only constant in life”: Business Lessons Learned from COVID-19 with Procter & Gamble (P&G)
    Friday, July 24 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm CDT
    Join professional staff members from Procter & Gamble (P&G) to learn and participate in assessing the effects of COVID-19 on the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. You’ll learn about P&G and work with other students in small group exercises to simulate professional assessments in the industry.
    Sponsored by the Wisconsin School of Business
    RSVP on Handshake
  • Medical Device Competitive Analysis Experience
    Tuesday, July 28 / 12:00pm – 5:00pm CDT
    Perfect for students interested in healthcare, business, or engineering! You’ll learn about medical device regulation and process approval, perform part of a competitive analysis for a device, and work in teams with other students to create a mock presentation of your analysis.
    Sponsored by the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
    RSVP on Handshake
  • Composing an Environmental Policy Fact Sheet
    Thursday, July 30 / 12:30pm – 4:30pm CDT
    Interested in careers in government, policy, the environment, nonprofits, or communications? You’ll work with a small team of other students on a hypothetical task – persuading a member of congress on environmental policy. Plus, learn from and connect with Badger alumni who have experience in the field!
    Sponsored by SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science
    RSVP on Handshake

WorldLabs: WorldLabs is a platform designed to promote innovation in science. Students have the opportunity to meet others interested in science and showcase their work (e.g. undergraduate research projects, service learning projects, class projects, etc.). The platform will also allow students to learn about innovative companies in STEM disciplines, network with scientists and innovators, and find science competitions. You can learn more and get started in the CALS group within WorldLabs.

Online self-paced tools: The CALS Career Services website has resources on resumes, cover letters, virtual job searchers,  graduate / professional school, and more.

Virtual career advising with CALS Career Services: Students should contact john.klatt@wisc.edu or noelle.thompson@wisc.edu

For a full listing of Badgers on Track programs and resources, visit go.wisc.edu/BadgersOnTrack.