Want to learn more about a particular career, or want an inside perspective on how the History major is valuable in the workforce? Consider an alumni mentor! This program matches undergraduate majors (and recent grads) with History alumni who have been successful in their fields and are willing to share their experiences. Whether you are looking for a one-time resume review, an informational interview, or longer-term guidance, mentors can be a valuable resource in developing your first professional network and exploring potential pathways. Some of our mentors have kept in touch with their students long past graduation, and some of our first students have even come back as mentors. For more information, see Christina Matta.
Campus Career Resources
Center for Pre-Law Advising
The Center for Pre-Law Advising (CPLA) seeks to help increase access to and equity and diversity within the field of law by providing excellent advising, programming, and other career development resources to all UW-Madison students and alumni – no time limit! CPLA serves advisees at all stages of the process of considering, preparing for, or applying to law school.
SuccessWorks is a centralized career center where L&S majors can explore their interests, connect with others who share their passions, and develop skills they need to take their next steps toward success. Students can explore interests through the thematic “Career Communities,”, and specialists are available in a wide range of fields in which L&S alumni have been successful. SuccessWorks also offers a career closet for students who need professional clothing for interviews, internships, and jobs; a lively schedule of career events and workshops throughout the year; walk-in advice for resumes and cover letters, and even funding opportunities for summer internships.
Career Exploration Center
The Career Exploration Center guides UW undergraduates who are considering their major and career options focus on interests, strengths, and values. They offer individual advising and workshops designed to introduce students to various fields and to engage them in the process of professional development. Other CEC resources include a lending career library and access to career assessments such as Career Locker and StrengthsQuest.
Handshake is UW’s career connections and development platform. It provides access to internship and job announcements for thousands of employers, along with event announcements and registration, discussion threads, customized searching based on your profile and interests, and links to other career resources. You can even upload documents such as resumes for ease in submitting online applications. Handshake is available to all currently enrolled UW undergraduates and to alumni who completed a degree at UW-Madison.