Mission and Progress

SuccessWorks Mission:

Drive undergraduate student engagement in career readiness activities to increase job and graduate school placement.


To inspire all L&S students to imagine and realize their dreams for success.

Three-Year Strategic Plan ('17-'18 through '20-21)

Goal 1:

Educate students about the working world and career opportunities.

Goal 4:

Maintain efficient operations.

Goal 2:

Seek alumni to help students advance their careers.

Goal 5: 

Ensure the financial stability of the organization.

Goal 3:

Engage employers around their employment needs.

Impact Report

SuccessWorks News

“Here for you now” – SuccessWorks pivots quickly to help students plan for a suddenly uncertain future

“As the job and internship market changed rapidly in the spring, SuccessWorks has adapted its array of offerings to meet the changing needs of L&S students—not only students about to graduate, but also new UW alumni facing uncertainty in an upended job market.”
May 5, 2020

Undergraduate Research Fuels Career Success

“In the lab, students apply skills from the classroom, such as developing, testing and evaluating hypotheses and experiments. As biochemistry major Jinan Sous explains, the lab is also a place to apply creative thinking.”
May 3, 2020

More College Grads Land Jobs Outside Their Major – and That’s a Good Thing, Experts Say

“The idea with the liberal arts education is that you are getting training in a number of different types of disciplines, and this forces you to think really creatively when you face problems,” said Rebekah Paré, the Associate Dean for the College of Letters and Science Career Initiative at UW-Madison.
November 12, 2019

SuccessWorks Plays Role in Record Breaking Time-to-Degree Improvements

The average time-to-degree for 2018-19 bachelor’s degree recipients was 3.96 elapsed calendar years, the lowest since the university began actively tracking the measure in the 1980s.
November 4, 2019

Zoology at Work Event Connects Alumni and Students

“We are proud of our alumni achievements and grateful for the energy and enthusiasm they are passing along to a new generation of Zoology majors.”
Fall, 2019

Tips for Helping Students Perfect Their Elevator Pitches

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor Greg Downey created a three-statement template that students can use to formulate their pitches, says Michael Kruse, Alumni Relations Coordinator.
September 6, 2019

One on One with Dean John Karl Scholz

New UW provost John Karl Scholz talks about career prep with WAA’s chief alumni officer Sarah Schutt in the latest One on One at One Alumni Place.
June 5, 2019

UW Changes Lives: SuccessWorks Guides L&S Students to Careers

A fast-growing number of students at the College of Letters & Science are turning to SuccessWorks to help prepare them for a career after college.
May 30, 2019

Charting Paths Beyond Bascom Hill

At SuccessWorks, we’re in the business of helping to spark our students’ imaginations for what’s possible and to plan their bright futures….
Wisconsin State Journal
February 15, 2019

Dream Weavers

When L&S students bring even an inkling of an interest to SuccessWorks, specialized advisors can connect them with focused recommendations, like-minded alumni and career-igniting opportunities…
Letters & Science Magazine
April 5, 2019

The Secret to SuccessWorks

A shared vision for launching students higher, sooner led to a shining new career center, corporate partnerships and a fired-up network of alumni and friends…
February 15, 2019