Faculty & Staff

SuccessWorks empowers faculty and staff to infuse teaching and advising with resources to prepare their students for successful, fulfilling lives after graduation.

Working together with academic departments, we’re helping students understand the relationship between their majors and the huge range of career opportunities that lay before them.

This page is a guide for faculty and staff seeking to integrate career learning into all aspects of work with students.

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Canvas Module: Resume Writing

Looking to supplement your syllabus with career learning? Have to cover for an unexpected absence? Don’t cancel class!

Use this one-hour interactive learning exercise giving students everything they need to create a five-star resume.

Class Resources & Assignments

There are a bunch of ways to incorporate SuccessWorks resources and career learning into your existing coursework.

Explore career skills & reflection assignments and bring career mentors to class.

L&S Career Courses

Inter-LS 210 (1 credit) and Inter-LS 215 (3 credits) are ideal for first and second-year students.

Encourage your students to enroll in these courses to learn how to network, write a great resume and explore diverse careers. 

Request Class Coverage or a Presentaiton

Invite an advisor or staff member from SuccessWorks to give a custom presentation on career readiness to your class, group or organization. This is another great way to cover an unexpected absence from class, or to bring career learning to the students you instruct in classes, student orgs or other areas.

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Classroom Resources

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Canvas Modules

Canvas Module: Resume Writing

Looking to supplement your syllabus with career learning? Have to cover for an unexpected absence? Don’t cancel class! Use this one-hour interactive learning exercise giving students everything they need to create a five-star resume.

Click here for everything you need (including instructions) to work this module into your course, or to share it directly with students. 

Assignments & Class Ideas

There are loads of ways to incorporate SuccessWorks resources and career readiness activities into your classroom. Here are few ideas to get you started:

Require or offer extra credit for:

Supplement existing assignments

Include a professional development reflection exercise at the end of one or more assignments, with a prompt such as:

  • What professional skills did you use to complete this assignment successfully? Refer students to the NACE list of top skills employers are seeking.
  • What is one way the content of this assignment will help in a work or internship context?

Re-tool assignments to encourage students to communicate in ways that will be valuable in internships and careers, such as:

  • Submitting work in the form of a memo, executive summary, press release, abstract, policy brief, grant application, etc.
  • Summarizing their ideas in short, to-the-point presentations, as they would in a 30 second elevator pitch at a networking event or Career Fair.
  • Presenting ideas or assignment content in different ways for different audiences. Some ideas: field experts, the general public, investors, co-workers.

Request Class Coverage or a Presentation

Invite an advisor or staff member from SuccessWorks to give a custom presentation on career readiness to your class, group or organization. This is another great way to cover an unexpected absence from class, or to build career learning into your class plan. Request a presentation.

Invite an Alum from your Department to Class

SuccessWorks can help you identify, prepare and plan for an alum (or multiple alumni!) to visit your classroom to share their career story, plus offer professional tips and inspiration for your students. We’re building a growing a network of alumni career mentors, so contact Michael Kruse, Alumni Relations Coordinator, to get started. 

Flyers & Presentations

Give students the basic info on how SuccessWorks can help them. We’ve got flyers, quartersheets and slides for you to share. 

Connect Students to Employers & Internships

Faculty and staff can play a huge role in helping students find employer opportunities that help them hone their skills and explore new fields. Use these resources in the classroom, in one-on-one meetings, on the web and in emails to students.

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Internships

Internship Basics

Direct students to our comprehensive guide on how to find, apply for and make the most of an internship experience. 

Inter-LS 260 Internship Course

This online course provides students with internships an opportunity to earn academic credit while making the most of their work experience. Learn more.

Internship Funding

SuccessWorks awards up to $5,000 to students completing unpaid summer internships, and to those with financial need. Click for more information to share with students.

Find Positions on Handshake

Students can set up a profile in Handshake to take care of everything they need to explore career events, manage campus interviews and apply to jobs and internships from 200,000+ employers around the country.

Share these tips and tools to help your students get started on Handshake. 

 

Career & Internship Fairs

Navigating career fairs can be a dizzying experience for students. Use these SuccessWorks resources to help students prepare:

Top Skills Employers are Seeking

A degree from the College of Letters & Science helps students cultivate the skills they need to succeed in virtually any career field. Click here for the top 20 skills/attributes employers are looking for, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Ethical & Legal Standards in Student Employment

From the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE):

“As a faculty member, you can support the career aspirations of your students and graduates and complement the work of career services offices on your campus. Helping students in their job and internship searches can sometimes raise unanticipated legal or ethical issues, and this short guide is intended to provide you with guidance in areas that you may encounter.”

Continue reading on the NACE website. 

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

The College of Letters & Science endeavors to make academic excellence inclusive by sustaining a community of free inquiry in which people of diverse race, ethnicity, cultures, veteran status, marital status, socio-economic level, national origin, religious belief, physical ability, sexual orientation, age, class, political ideology and lifestyle participate in, contribute to and benefit equally from a liberal arts education based on the Wisconsin Idea — one in which we all contribute to advancing society.

Learn more about our commitment to diversity & inclusion.