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Individual Career Counseling

"Find a career that you are passionate about and you will never have to work a day in your life!"

Many students need to get a little more information about counseling before they feel comfortable making an appointment. Below are answers to some questions students ask about career counseling.


What is the career counseling like?

Career counseling consists of sitting down with a member of the Counseling Center staff in the privacy of a confidential supportive relationship. It can include:

  • discussing what you've done so far, what you've been considering and what you're involved in now
  • assess interests, personality style and work values
  • investigate the variety of options regarding majors, occupations and careers
  • take career assesment inventories that fit your needs
  • learn about the world of work: salaries, job duties, requirements, etc.
  • explore your strengths, weaknesses, barriers and opportunities in the decision-making process

Whether or not formal assessments are used, the process of career counseling will generally help clarify and identify your personal interests, abilities and values so that majors and occupations may be identified for further exploration.

How long does it take?

Most students want to make a choice as soon as possible.  The sooner you can decide, the more motivated you will be in classes.  This means less time spent earning your degree, and the less money you will be investing in your degree.  However, rushing to make a decision tends to lead to second-guessing later on.  For most students, career counseling is a 3-5 session process (45 minute appointments).


Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes, to meet with a counselor, it is necessary to set up an appointment. Students also need to make an appointment if they wish to use testing because assessments vary according to students’ needs. Also, the counselor will know you better when the results of testing are being discussed.


What is available without an appointment?

Self-help career choice materials and information about careers are available to all students in our career library. The career library has a variety of books about occupational opportunities in all of the majors at UW Oshkosh. These books can be checked out or reviewed in the library. We also have general resource books like America’s Fastest Growing Jobs, Best Jobs for the 21st Century, Guide to College Majors, etc.  The Career Library is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Other Campus Resources

In addition to the Counseling Center the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers other exceptional resources to help students clarify and enhance their academic and career direction.

Career and Professional Development
Student Success Center, Suite 125
(920) 424-2181

The Career Services Office has experts in the world of work who will assist you in planning, preparing and obtaining employement while providing the opportunity for you to network with employers. Career services staff can help you tailor your academic and work experiences to explore different careers, obtain an internship and help you get a great job after graduation.

Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC)
Student Success Center, Suite 202
(920) 414-1268

Your academic advisor is a vital resource whose mission is to help you articulate and acheive your personal, educational and career goals by providing relevant information, resources and support. Academic advisors are very knowledgeable about university policies and proceduces, as well as general educational and degree requirements. Your advisor will help you explore your options and be your advocate while allowing YOU to make the final decision.

UW Oshkosh Faculty
The faculty at UW Oshkosh, while nationally and internationally known for their research and professional work, are committed to helping students develop their academic and professional interests. You are encouraged to talk to faculty and department chairs about your interests and developing direction, get involved with student/faculty research and discuss opportunities in various fields. Who could be a better resource for learning about a profession than someone who has dedicated their life's work to that field?

by sebenl99 — last modified May 16, 2019 08:24 AM

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