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Considering COVID, university prepares students for the workforce

April 22, 2022

We at the Student Voice feel that especially considering the COVID-19 pandemic and how the world is still adapting to life in and through a pandemic, UW-River Falls has prepared students for the workforce.

We feel confident that the resources available on campus are sufficient and guided towards fostering students in a way that prepares them to work in a variety of different fields catered to their majors. Starting from the beginning of our college careers, even considering the pandemic, advisers have been easily accessible for career advice. Help is available around every corner and if students have a question about their careers they can go to either their adviser or career services and generally find an answer to their question.

We feel that a variety of opportunities have still been available to students and have been adapted to work on multiple platforms. Whether this is online, in-person, or hybrid, there are options for all students to be flexible throughout the past few years.

An important thing to do when in college when it comes to preparing for a future career is gaining experience by obtaining an internship. We feel that the University overall provides a variety of spaces where students can look for and acquire internships. Different departments seem to offer these opportunities more or less depending on what year students are in. All departments use and have access to Handshake as well. Handshake is a platform that career services and a variety of other departments on campus use for students to apply for jobs both on and on-campus as well as find other volunteer opportunities.

Overall, we discovered two main themes when it comes to how UW-River Falls has handled career preparation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The first theme we found was that different majors and departments handle career prep differently but overall they utilize a lot of the same resources on campus. The second main theme we found is that all of the opportunities are there and have been maintained throughout COVID, it is just up to students to take advantage of those opportunities.

We feel confident that the resources available on campus are sufficient and guided towards fostering students in a way that prepares them to work in a variety of different fields catered to their majors. Starting from the beginning of our college careers, even considering the pandemic, advisers have been easily accessible for career advice. Help is available around every corner and if students have a question about their careers they can go to either their adviser or career services and generally find an answer to their question.

We feel that a variety of opportunities have still been available to students and have been adapted to work on multiple platforms. Whether this is online, in-person, or hybrid, there are options for all students to be flexible throughout the past few years.

An important thing to do when in college when it comes to preparing for a future career is gaining experience by obtaining an internship. We feel that the University overall provides a variety of spaces where students can look for and acquire internships. Different departments seem to offer these opportunities more or less depending on what year students are in. All departments use and have access to Handshake as well. Handshake is a platform that career services and a variety of other departments on campus use for students to apply for jobs both on and on-campus as well as find other volunteer opportunities.

Overall, we discovered two main themes when it comes to how UW-River Falls has handled career preparation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The first theme we found was that different majors and departments handle career prep differently but overall they utilize a lot of the same resources on campus. The second main theme we found is that all of the opportunities are there and have been maintained throughout COVID, it is just up to students to take advantage of those opportunities.

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