The Career and Professional Development Office offers access to resources and opportunities to help students explore potential careers; network with employers; prepare for interviews; and secure employment, internships, and work experiences.
Employer Meet & Greet
Employer Information Sessions
Typically, an hour in length, employer information sessions are informative presentations that provide an opportunity for students to learn more about a prospective employer, meet company recruiters, and explore career options.
Employer information sessions allow students to gain insight about the employer's history, mission and goals, training programs, products and services, and management styles. Students will have the chance to develop a networking system by talking with company representatives, and they will be able to meet recruiters in a more informal environment, outside of the formal interview setting.
Any UW-Platteville student interested in learning more about a specific employer would benefit from attending an employer information session. Students interviewing with an employer that schedules an employer information session are required to attend the session.
Business casual attire or interview formal is recommended. Check the Student Resources section for more information on appropriate dress.
To find out about upcoming sessions, log into your Handshake student/alumni account. Click on “Events” to see all of the upcoming events.
Special restrictions may apply to some employers who schedule an information session. If restrictions exist, they will be posted on Handshake.
Informational interviews are one of the best sources to gather information on a specific career. These interviews are conducted in person, by telephone or e-mail. Remember, the purpose of an informational interview is to obtain information, NOT to get a job.
An internship is a partnership between the student, employer and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. It is structured educational experience, which incorporates productive work experience as a regular part of a college student's curriculum.
Through this experience, students are provided the opportunity to improve their basic work skills, explore career choices, develop professional competence, and witness classroom theories and principles being applied in real world situations.
Job Shadowing is an opportunity for a student to connect with or “shadow” a business professional (job shadowing mentor) who has specific knowledge about an occupation or career in which the student is interested. During the experience, the student will observe the mentor’s responsibilities and tasks. The student will have the opportunity to ask questions about the knowledge, skills, talents, and level of education required for the job.
While the purpose of job shadowing is to gather career-related information and expand networking contacts, it also allows the student to build interviewing skills, become aware of trends in the field, and see workforce technologies in action. Multiple job shadowing experiences may be arranged for students interested in exploring a variety of career paths.
Mock interviews allow students to practice their interviewing skills and gain insight into the interviewing process.
Online Job Search
There are many online job sites that can serve as valuable resources during a job search. As many job sites require users to have an up-to date resume to complete a profile, it’s important to have a resume prepared in advance. When choosing a job search site, make sure the website is secure and credible prior to submitting personal information. Also, be aware that some job search sites require membership as well.
Pioneer Career Closet
The Pioneer Career Closet provides professional clothes for career fairs, interviews or other professional events for students in need. You do not have to return clothing items. They are yours to keep! The Pioneer Career Closet is FREE to all UW-Platteville students.
You can find suits, skirts, dressy tops and blouses, scarves and wraps, pants, jackets and suit coats, professional polos, ties, belts, dress, dress shoes, and more.
The Pioneer Career Closet is available on a walk-in basis from 7:45 a.m.–4:15 p.m., Monday–Friday. It is located at the Career and Professional Development Office in 0200 Ullsvik Hall. If you are interested in donating to the Pioneer Career Closet, donations must be in gently-used condition and can be dropped off at the Career and Professional Development Office, Monday–Friday, between 7:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m. or at the Platteville Regional Chamber, 275 W. Business Hwy 151.
Check out the Professional Dress Guidelines for more information.
Resume and Cover Letter Review
Our Career and Professional Development Specialists are here to meet with you to review your resume and cover letters. These appointments typically last 30 minutes and are preferably scheduled in advance. Make sure to bring a draft copy of your resume to the appointment. To get started with writing your resume, use #HiringPioneers: Guide to Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviews as a helpful resource, which includes examples of different styles of resumes as well as cover letter tips.