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Does major = career?

By Stephanie Levine

A common experience for seniors in college is the anticipation of graduation. In addition to the excitement that most near-grads feel, many are equally overwhelmed with anxiety and uncertainty regarding what the future holds for them. For some students, they have a very good picture of what they would like their future to look like. Other students might have a general idea of the field they would like to pursue, but are not sure what their dream job is, or how to get there. Listen up, uncertain students; this blog post is for you!

Fear not! I am here to tell you that your options can be limitless! This year, Career Services is working to integrate a campaign entitled, “Does Major = Career?” The purpose of the project is to teach students that their undergraduate major does not necessarily have to equal their future career. The idea originally surfaced at one of our staff meetings with the intention of helping students realize that they have options within their area of study. Our hope is to teach students that by developing their transferable skills and taking advantage of internship experiences, they can broaden the career fields available to them in the future.

Even within the Career Services office, our staff comes from a variety of academic backgrounds and undergraduate majors including Psychology, Human Services, Communications, Human Resources, Kinesiology, and Radio-TV-Film to name a few. What draw all of us to Career Services are the transferable skills that we naturally possess and have worked to develop through work experiences, internships, and higher education.

So what does this mean for students? You might be reading this and thinking, “What if I want my major to equal my career?” This is great news! For some students, their major really does equal their career, which means their career path is a little more defined and direct. For students whose career paths are less direct, they need to be sure of their skills and experience and be able to articulate and sell them to employers. The sooner students start thinking about these things, the more time they have to develop their skills and seek beneficial internships before graduation.

Are you feeling unsure about your future career? Call today to schedule an appointment with your major-specific career adviser to talk about future career possibilities or work on identifying and showcasing your transferable skills.

Learn more about Colleges and Majors at UWO here: http://www.uwosh.edu/career/students/colleges-and-majors

To learn more about different occupations, check out the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.


WISCareers: “It’s your life. Login.”

By Sheng Lee (@shengdanger)

WISCareers is a web-based career information system created by Wisconsin Careers. It is located within the Center for Education and Work at UW Madison’s School of Education. The easy-to-use website encourages a self-directed and engaged approach to career development and job search.

The WISCareers website is designed to help you. By taking its self-assessments you will become aware of yourself and explore how your unique
patterns of interests, skills and values can be applied in your career. Use the ePortfolio to become aware of the relevance of how your current educational experiences serve as the foundation for future career aspirations and life path.

With its many other tools and resources, you will develop the job-seeking skills needed to acquire meaningful employment and make successful transitions into and throughout the world of work. And the best part is it’s all FREE to you if you’re enrolled at UW Oshkosh!

Here’s what it offers:

• Self-assessments matching occupations to interests, values and skills
• Comprehensive information on more than 700 occupations and overviews of more than 450 specializations including: education required, pros and cons, salary ranges, job outlook, and where you can expect to work
• ePortfolio that helps you document your progress and can be shared with others

How to begin:

1.) Create your account:

• go to wiscareers.wisc.edu
• click on Register
• enter the *Registration Code
• click Submit
• create a Username and Password
• Follow the steps to complete the registration and enjoy!

*All UW Oshkosh students are provided with this Registration Code: osh-c427

2.) Access your account

• Go to wiscareers.wisc.edu
• Enter your Username and Password
• Click Login

3.) Transfer your account:

• Need to transfer your account to a new school or organization? Acquire the Registration Code for the new location, then follow these simple steps:

o Go to wiscareers.wisc.edu
o Click on At a new location?
o Enter your Username and Password
o Click Login
o Enter the Registration Code for the new location
o Click Register
o Confirm your new information
o Click Transfer

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