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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

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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.

Freshman Year

  • 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.

Sophomore Year

  • 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.
  • 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.

Junior Year

  • 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.
  • 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.

Senior Year

  • 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.
  • 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.

Professional Skills Courses

One of the most important attributes employers look for in entry-level employees is professional work experience. More than 80 percent of students who are involved in a professional work experience are offered a full-time position with that company upon graduation, or because of this relevant experience have a job before graduation with another company.

These courses are recommended if you are beginning to prepare for professional internships and relevant work experience. Through a process of learning about career planning and implementation, you will gain knowledge of how to effectively search for careers that are personally and professionally satisfying.

Take a Professional Skills Course (1 cr.)

Prepare for internships. Plan for a personally and professionally satisfying career. Career & Professional Development will help get you started. Practice resume writing, conducting company research, internship/job searching, networking, interviewing and professional branding.

***This course is recommended for sophomores seeking internships and juniors and seniors preparing for a job search.

Upon completing this course, students will be:


  • Students will be able to utilize career development tools to succeed in a professional setting


  • Students will be able to articulate how their education and experiences connect to their career goals
  • Students will be able to identify how their strengths and skills apply in a professional setting


  • Students will be able to use their networking skills to build professional relationships

Courses Available:

PC 202: Career Planning & Implementation

(PRF CNSL 202)

Open to all majors

ENGR: 284 Professional Skills in Engineering

Engineering Technology 284 – Professional Skills in Engineering

This course is required as you prepare for professional co-ops, internships, and/or full-time job opportunities. This course will expose students to the expectations of a professional work environment and help you learn to balance field and office responsibilities. The exploration of engineering-related professions will help students identify both personally and professionally satisfying opportunities. The course will also explore interviewing, social media, presentation, and personal conduct at the work place.

IS208: Professional Career Skills in Math & Natural Sciences


Prerequisites: 45 credits completed and a declared major in:

IS 209: Professional Skills in the Social Sciences


Prerequisites: 45 credits completed and declared major in:

HSL 204: Professional Skills in Human Services Leadership

(HUMAN SV 204)


  • 45 credits completed
  • Declared major in Human Services Leadership
BUS 284: Professional Skills in Business


College of Business course requirement


  • 36 credits completed (and either Economics 204 or 206 and a combined GPA of 2.4)

Recommended to be taken one semester prior to admittance to the College of Business. Special course fees may apply.

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: TBD
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? Click here to find out how to get one:
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?