UW-Superior offering state-wide virtual Career Treks program for students
Many college students will set their sights on securing their post-graduation plans shortly after classes begin. Career fairs have typically provided an opportunity for students to network with a room full of possible employers, but COVID-19 has changed that.
With numerous restrictions in place due to the pandemic, the University of Wisconsin-Superior has joined UW campuses across the state to help students make important career connections by offering virtual Career Treks beginning in September.
“Our office is incredibly excited to have partnered with our fellow UW system campuses to offer the opportunity of collaborative virtual Career Treks to our students,” said Haley Carr, UW-Superior employer relations and events specialist. “A committee of representatives from career offices across the system campuses worked over the summer to ensure a variety of organizations and industries will be showcased. Our students will have the opportunity to learn about and get connected with organizations across Wisconsin, and employers have a unique opportunity to connect with students from all 13 campuses through one event. It’s mutually beneficial to both students and employers.”
Traditionally, a Career Trek is facilitated on-site to provide students with an inside look at a company and its culture. Students also have a chance to hear what companies look for when hiring, how to stand out in the recruitment process, and details surrounding entry-level and internship opportunities.
In an environment where such treks are not possible, UW campuses are being innovative by providing live, remote sessions facilitated by Badger State employers.
“Career Treks have a proven track record of matching University of Wisconsin System students with employers. It’s another example of how our universities benefit Wisconsin students, businesses, and communities,” said UW System president Tommy Thompson. “Now, the new format will allow students even more opportunities to learn about internships and post-graduation employment.”
The virtual Career Treks series began Sept. 9 and runs through Dec. 9. Sessions will be live with recordings available to students for future viewing. For more information, contact UW-Superior’s Career Services office at 715-394-8024 or email email@example.com.