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Career Planning

Career preparation is a vital part of the college experience. Every student should have an idea of where they should be in their personal development. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, students can “Get Hired!” by taking advantage of the services and workshops offered by Career & Professional Development.

Four-Year Career Development Plan

By following our four-year plan, students will develop the skills necessary to succeed in their career path and allow them to be confident in their future endeavors by the time their experience at UWO comes to an end.

If students complete these tasks in timely manner they can expect to have some level of success in landing the job of their dreams.

Download the 4 Year Career Plan document to keep track of your progress.

  • Access your Handshake account and update your profile.
  • Meet with a career advisor to learn about self-assessment tools available to identify individual career related interests, skills and needs.
  • Select a variety of courses that allow you to experience what you most enjoy studying.
  • Identify majors that relate to the career related information you uncover and make use of the resource “What can I do with this major?”
  • Utilize Handshake to find part-time work that allows you to gain work experience relevant to an area that interests you.
  • Become part of a student organization and volunteer in the community.
  • Start creating your LinkedIn profile.
  • Create a resume and come to Career & Professional Development for resume drop-in hours for feedback from a career advisor.
  • Attend the career fairs; it is never too early to start making connections.
  • Check in with your career advisor a minimum of once a semester to discuss changes and progress toward your career goal.
  • Perform informational interviews with faculty in your department as well as professionals in the field you have chosen to pursue.
  • Enroll in a professional skills course to gain skills that are helpful for a future internship. 
  • RSVP to Career & Professional Development events in Handshake that will provide you with information about the world of work and help you become more prepared for your future career.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile and your resume with newly acquired skills and experiences.
  • Become involved in student or professional organizations related to your field.
  • Research possible internship opportunities.
  • Start to build your network.
  • Continue to check in with your career advisor a minimum of once a semester to discuss changes and progress toward your career goal.
  • Participate in career fairs, mock interviews, Dining with Professionals, and Dress for Success workshops.
  • Enroll in a professional skills course to gain skills that will help with your future job search. 
  • Continue to update your resume and LinkedIn profile.
  • Identify five contacts from your network that will be able to write recommendations for you.
  • Secure an internship in your field.
  • If you are thinking of attending graduate school, research schools and request application materials to plan your next step, including graduate exams.
  • Network, network and network some more.
  • Take advantage of every event offered by Career & Professional Development to perfect your job search, interviewing and employability skills.
  • Schedule an appointment with your career advisor to go over your final resume, portfolio, cover letter, etc.
  • Enroll in a professional skills course to gain skills that will help with your future job search. 
  • Identify employment opportunities through the resources on Handshake.
  • Alert contacts in your network to remind them you are in the process of searching for a job.
  • Apply, apply and apply for more jobs, keeping record of your progress, and remember to follow up on your applications.
  • Complete your process for applying to graduate school.

Graduation Checklist

Click here for a downloadable version of the Career Focused – Graduation Checklist

Task Check Off
Have you applied for graduation on TitanWeb?  
Are you attending the Career & Internship Fair? Date: September 27  
Is your resume up to date? Did you post it to Handshake?  
LinkedIn account – Do you have one? If so, is it up to date?  
Have you created an account on GradReady?  
Do you need an alumni email address? Start the process online.  
If you have financial aid, have you completed your loan exit counseling?  
Have you met with your career advisor? Call (920) 424-2181 to schedule.  
Do you have professional dress for interviews? If not, check out our Career Closet in SSC 125.  
Have you entered/updated your outcome in the First Destination survey in Handshake?  

Career & Professional Development

(920) 424-2181

Student Success Center, Suite 125
750 Elmwood Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Oshkosh Campus

  • M–F: 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Fox Cities Campus Advisor Hours

  • Fox Cities Hours: Mondays (days will vary) in the Solution Center
  • Schedule appointments via Handshake
  • Services only offered when classes are in session during the fall and spring terms.