Skill Paths Program

Skill Paths is a virtual, non-credit career program designed for L&S students to build transferable skills toward a professional path of their choice. Through curated weekly content and reflection activities, you’ll gain career skills for beginners to use during your job or internship search and share on your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Sign ups have closed for the Summer 2023 Skill Paths session. Check back in the fall for future sessions.

Program Details

How does it work?

The program will run from July 10 to August 25 and each week of learning will require just 3-4 hours of your time, completed on your own schedule. Choose one of six learning paths to gain professional skills and knowledge:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Graphic Design
  • Coding
  • Non-profits
  • Data Science

Each week, you will work through tailored learning modules and reflective exercises that will allow you to explore new topics and develop skillsets in your chosen field. This program is free for L&S students and does not provide any academic credit.

What will I learn and gain?

Through curated LinkedIn learning modules and reflection activities, you’ll gain an understanding of current industry practices and learn how to apply these skills to future academic and professional opportunities. Participants will also receive a certificate of completion. You can share these skills on your resume, LinkedIn profile, and more!

How do I participate?

Sign up using the form below to reserve your spot in the program by July 9. Read the FAQ below for more details, and please reach out to the program facilitator, Steven Catania, with any questions at


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What are the types of skills learned on each path?

  • Non-Profits

    1. Non-profit organizational structure
    2. Grant Writing
    3. Relationship Building
    4. Presentation Skills
    5. Fundraising
    6. Storytelling
  • Data Science

    1. Overview of Data Science field
    2. Statistics
    3. Visualization
    4. Big Data
    5. Python
    6. SQL
  • Project Management

    1. Budgeting
    2. Scheduling
    3. Communication
    4. Facilitation
    5. Risk Management
    6. Change Management
  • Graphic Design

    1. Graphic Design Ideas, Forms, and Concepts
    2. Layout and Composition
    3. Typography
    4. Emotions of Design
    5. Photoshop
    6. Illustrator
    7. InDesign
  • Digital Marketing

    1. Creating Marketing Plans
    2. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    3. Social Media Marketing
    4. HTML Essentials
    5. Image Design Essentials
    6. Content Creation
    7. Email Campaigns
  • Coding

    1. Overview of Web Design and Development
    2. HTML Essentials
    3. CSS Essentials
    4. JavaScript Essentials

I have a scheduling conflict - can I still participate?

To allow you to be successful in this program, the material is carefully spaced out week-to-week. You can miss up to one week, but will have to make up the material the following week.

Can I work ahead?

No. Each week’s material unlocks on Monday morning. This is intentional so that participants can focus on each week’s material and the subsequent reflection without the temptation to try and keep moving ahead to new content. However, you are encouraged to explore other options to continue your learning and growing until the next week’s material unlocks.

Is there a cost associated with this program?

No, this program is free. You will need to have an active NetID to access the LinkedIn Learning material.

Can I earn course credit for participating in this program?

You cannot earn course credit. This program is designed to help students interested in broadening their skills with the benefit of reflective activities and feedback. This program will not appear on your official UW-Madison transcript. However, upon completion of the entire program, you will receive a certificate of completion you can post on your LinkedIn profile.

What does a typical week look like in this program?

You will receive an email on Monday morning that includes a link to that week’s videos and a link to the reflection questions you’ll need to complete. Reflection questions are due on the following Monday by 7am central. This is a hard deadline for tracking purposes and ensuring you receive timely feedback. There are optional, virtual Zoom office hours on Thursdays from 1-3pm when you can connect with the facilitator.

Who are the facilitators?

The facilitators are learning and career specialists. They are not experts in the respective learning paths, although they have consulted with specialists who work in these fields to make sure that the LinkedIn Learning content is useful for students interested in gaining important skills in the areas.

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