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Charting a path


Students in UW-Madison's College of Letters & Science are bright, creative and hard-working. Each fall, they bring fresh perspectives and inquisitive minds to campus.

But they face challenges as they prepare for life after graduation - whether it is four months or four years away. Competition for jobs is fierce and young Badgers need to articulate what they have learned, in and out of the classroom.

To help them learn how, Dean John Karl Scholz launched the Letters & Science Career Initiative (LSCI), which will engage students in personal and career development from the time they step on campus to graduation.

The LSCI is a new, coordinated approach to serving students across L&S departments and programs. The initiative will spark students’ imaginations about career possibilities, help them find majors that align with their passions, connect them with strong alumni networks, and coach them to talk about the lessons and skills they learned at UW-Madison.

In addition, the LSCI will:
--recruit and hire more academic and career advisors

--launch a new second-year academic- and career-planning course

--analyze alumni data to help students plan their own career trajectories

--open doors to alumni mentors who can share tips, strategies, and opportunities

You can help. Dean Scholz is looking for alumni, friends and parents who can share valuable insights about the job market, internships, career development and more.

To get involved, visit or email the LSCI team at You can also read more about the LSCI in this year's L&S Annual Report at