Leveling Up: Tips and Assists for your post-college game plan
Join the Nelson Institute community this fall for a series of virtual events dedicated to environmental career path preparation. We recognize that these are challenging times and many of our students are feeling anxious about navigating a post-COVID economy. In response, we are offering an expanded Leveling Up program to help you explore your career options, enhance your networking skills, and navigate the challenges of life as a student.
Whether you are just beginning your college journey or about to launch a professional career, we invite you to “level up” by joining us for these fun and beneficial weekly sessions.
COLLEGE TO CAREER GROUP WITH BECKY RYAN
Hey undergrads, worried about what the future will hold? Trying to get a handle on transitioning away from college? You’re not alone! Join Becky Ryan, undergraduate program coordinator, in informal group discussions where students can share thoughts, learn from fellow students, and discuss questions about moving forward. There is no set agenda for this group, but don’t worry, Becky will have some prompts to get the conversation started. All are welcome to register for one or all of the sessions this fall.
College to Career Group will be offered biweekly on Fridays from 2-3 p.m. All sessions will be offered virtually on Zoom. To make for great discussions, space is limited to 12 students only. Dates are listed below.
September 25, October 9, October 23, November 6
SHORT & SNAPPY: SHARPEN YOUR ELEVATOR SPEECH THROUGH CONVERSATIONS WITH ALUMS
Feeling nervous about networking or interviewing? Join us for six-minute speed conversations with environmental professionals. Test out your “elevator pitch,” or your answer to “Tell me about yourself?” as you interact one-on-one with a variety of environmental professionals.
Two Short & Snappy sessions will be offered, each with a unique line up of environmental professionals and Nelson alumni. Virtual sessions will use Blackboard Collaborate breakout sessions. You are welcome to drop in and out of the session as your schedule allows.
Wednesday, September 30
Environmental professional participating from:
City of Altoona, WI New Visions Wilderness Wisconsin State Representative Jimmy Anderson Texas Legislative Council North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences WI Department of Natural Resources National Parks Foundation National Science Foundation UW-Madison Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University Academy for Global Citizenship Brud Computer Software Company
Thursday, October 1
Environmental professional participating from:
WI DNR Donohue & Associates, Inc. Nemak UW Extended Campus SAGE Energy Sustainable Rental Real Estate Investor HNTB Corp Engineering and Planning Cornell China Center, Cornell University Office of Sustainability, UW-Madison Korfmacher Resources, LLC The Nature Conservancy
CONSIDERING GRAD SCHOOL?
With four unique sessions, this series offers a great introduction to the professional master’s degree programs offered through the Nelson Institute that could bring your career to the next level.
CONSIDERING A MASTER’S DEGREE?
Learn the what, why, and how to join a professional master’s program offered through the Nelson Institute. Join Paul Robbins, Dean of the Nelson Institute, for a short exploration of our professional master’s degree programs. You will also hear from Jim Miller, graduate advisor, Meghan Kautzer, Environmental Conservation program coordinator, and Sarah Graves, Environmental Observation and Informatics program coordinator.
Monday, October 5
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Environmental Conservation - Lunch & Learn
Join Meghan Kautzer, Environmental Conservation program coordinator, to learn more about the Environmental Conservation professional master’s program.
Monday, October 12
Environmental Observation & Informatics - Lunch & Learn
Join Sarah Graves, Environmental Observations & Informatics program coordinator, to learn more about the Environmental Observations & Informatics professional master’s program.
Monday, October 19
Water Resources Management - Lunch & Learn
Join Jim Miller, graduate advisor, to learn more about the Water Resources Management (WRM) Master of Science degree program.
Monday, October 26
INTERNSHIPS IN THE TIME OF COVID
Concerned about finding an internship during the pandemic? In this informative session, learn about virtual internships and other ways to build skills and experience in light of COVID-19.
Friday, November 6
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BADGERS EXPLORING ENVIRONMENTAL CAREERS
Join this virtual trek to learn more about different career paths working in natural resource management, environmental advocacy, and sustainability marketing and consulting. You’ll learn from professionals to get insights, tips, and ideas to build your skills and gain experience to prepare for environmental careers in a state agency, non-profit and Certified B Corps.
Badgers Exploring Environmental Careers is co-sponsored by SuccessWorks. Registration is facilitated through Handshake, UW–Madison’s primary career services tool. If you have not yet activated your Handshake account, you can do so now at wisc.joinhandshake.com.
Thursday, November 12
Environmental professionals participating from:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Conservation Program
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Water Use Program
Natural Resources Defense Council
Read more about the participating alumni and professionals here.
CONNECT WITH ALUMNI
Nelson Institute’s 50th Anniversary Celebration (September 11, 2020)
To celebrate the Nelson Institute’s 50th anniversary, the Nelson Institute hosted a full day of programming including videos featuring Nelson alumni. In a series of short videos, Nelson alumni shared stories about their work and how the Nelson Institute shaped their career. Hear their stories by clicking on the links below.
M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2006), PhD in Environment and Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (2010)
Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings
B.S. in Anthropology and Archaeology and certificates in American Indian Studies and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2013)
B.S. in Biology, Cuttington University, Liberia, Master in Public Health (MPH), Cuttington University, Liberia, M.S. in Environment & Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (2013), Ph.D. in Environment & Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (2018)
M.S. in Water Resources Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (1990), M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering (1991), PhD in Land Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (2002)
John H. Francis III
PhD, in Land Resources University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute Environmental Studies (1991)
Stephen J. Ventura
M.S. in Environmental Monitoring, University of Wisconsin–Madison (1983), PhD in Land Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (1989)
B.S. in Zoology, Biological Aspects of Conservation, Environmental Studies Certificate, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2002), M.S. in Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development, Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2007), PhD in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences Area and Environment & Resources, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2011)
B.S. in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison (2017)
B.S. in Biochemistry and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2015), M.S. in Energy Policy and Climate, John Hopkins University
M.S. in Environmental Conservation, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (2019)
B.S. in Political Science and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012)
2020 virtual Rendezvous (September 11, 2020)
At this virtual social gathering, Nelson alumni and friends met on the Nelson Institute’s LinkedIn Alumni and Friends group page for an hour of reminiscing, storytelling, and connecting. While the formal event has passed, we invite you to stay connected with us on the Nelson Alumni and Friends LinkedIn group page. If you are not a member, request to join today. Everyone with a LinkedIn account is welcome to join. If you are not connected on LinkedIn, create your free account today.
For questions about Career Week contact: Emily Reynolds