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College of Letters & Science Career Services assists with post-graduation plans

April 26, 2012

With graduation looming next month, Letters & Science Career Services (LSCS) is an excellent resource for students entering the job market. 

LSCS also offers tips for those furthering their education after graduation.

“Students who use LSCS are much better equipped at developing an effective job search strategy,” says School of Letters & Science Career Service’s Director Leslie Kohlberg.  “We really support students through what is sometimes a difficult process.”

L&S Career Services provides helpful advice for all steps of the job search process—from job listings, to writing an impressive resume and cover letter, to perfecting interview skills.

Additionally, students can get their resumes and cover letters critiqued for free by trained career service’s staff. 

For those seeking more experience interviewing, LSCS gives students the opportunity to meet with a career counselor for interviewing tips and practice.  All of these services are offered online as well as in a face-to-face setting.

The most important step, says Kohlberg, happens even before writing a resume and cover letter.

 “The process starts with self-assessment, figuring out your likes, interests, passions and goals,” she says.  “Employers are interested in finding people who know who they are and what they want to do.”

BuckyNet, an online system used by LSCS to aid UW–Madison students in job and internship searches, is a great resource for those entering the job market after graduation. 

This service grants students the ability to participate in on-campus interviews and access to The Career Insider, one of the largest online career libraries. 

BuckyNet is particularly helpful to Letters & Science students, who can publish their resumes in an on-line resume book for employers to view.

Kohlberg encourages students not to stress about majors, as students today average six or more careers in a lifetime. 

“The world is very interdisciplinary, and employers are looking for the whole package, which includes activities outside the classroom such as volunteering, internships, study abroad and involvement in student organizations.” she says.

Grad school counseling is offered through LSCS as well.  This service allows students to talk with a trained counselor about whether graduate school is the best next step to take.

Students choosing to continue their education can find information on how find a graduate program that matches their interests and skills, how to apply and how to prepare for a grad school interview.  Career Services also has a list of websites and resources on admission exams and tips on preparing for them.

“This is a process that is life long,” Kohlberg says.  “Starting early in your college career gives you time to learn who you are and what you’re interested in.  All of that positions you to better create a foundation to get where you where you want to go.”

– By Kylie Peterson