1410 Engineering Bldg

Major and Career Exploration

First Year Student Information

Career Essentials Workshop Series:

Building Your Resume & Utilizing Handshake

  • Wednesday October 4 @ 6:00-7:00 PM CDT – 1610 Engineering Hall

Interview Techniques & Tips

  • Friday October 6 @ 12:00-12:30 PM CDT – Room 150, 1410 Engineering Drive Bldg.

First Year Engineering Major & Career Information (canvas course)

Self-enroll here: https://canvas.wisc.edu/enroll/47YCXW

Course modules will be published throughout the semester to provide you with the tools and resources needed to :

  1. Gain knowledge about engineering majors and careers
  2. Build your internship/co-op search skills


Current Modules:

  • Utilize Your Handshake Account
  • Career Fair Preparation
  • Resume Building
  • Major/Career Exploration

Major & Career Exploration Resources

It is an individual responsibility to investigate majors and career fields in order to gather information to make an informed decision on which major is best for you and how to best apply that major to the world of work.  It isn’t an easy task, but one worth the investment.  Don’t fear making a decision.  Careers are not linear, but can zig zag.  Selecting a major does not define you as a person and does not “box” you in to a select field for the rest of your life.  You are the sum of your experiences and can continue to grow, evolve, and change direction.  Here are a few resources to get you started.

Intro to Engineering Course Presentation

The 30-minute presentation provides additional ways to explore majors and career opportunities.

A career exploration tool that has detailed descriptions of more than 1,000 occupations. Developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration, it’s free to the public, and contains resources for veterans.

A great way to learn from engineers about majors and their applications to careers – talk to engineers!

Here are some resources to help you set up and conduct an informational interview:

Meet with an Advisor

Matt Nelson

Schedule an appointment with Matt Nelson, Career Exploration Specialist @ ECS to discuss your major and career exploration plans.

Matt Nelson