Provost John Karl Scholz speaks during UW-Madison's spring commencement ceremony at Camp Randall Stadium.

Post-Graduation

Whether you are moving on to your first-full time job, graduate or professional school, or a year of service, post-graduation transitions can be stressful. The Advising & Career Center is here to help you. Use these resources to get started.

Considering your next steps

Thinking about graduate school?

Deciding whether or not to go to graduate school should be a process of careful reflection and planning. Graduate school focuses exclusively on one area of study and is oriented towards either research or professional preparation. It’s a great step if you know what you want to study and what your goals are for obtaining your advanced degree.

Read the SoHE Graduate School Guide and use the resources below to begin your search for the right graduate program. Your SoHE Career Advisor can also serve as a resource throughout this process!

Looking for post-graduate employment?

Take a look at our Job Search Resources page for comprehensive major-specific career guides designed to walk you through the job search process, along with links to local, nationwide and worldwide job sites.

You can also learn about different types of careers related to your SoHE major or field of interest via the lists below:

Considering a year of service?

UW–Madison continually ranks as one if the top schools in the nation for students who volunteer with service organizations post-graduation. A year of service can be a great way for new grads to develop hands-on skills working with and serving a wide variety of communities.

Check out this video and document for suggested questions as you explore service program opportunities.  Here are a few sites mentioned in the video and documents to start exploring possibilities for service years.

Destination survey results

The numbers are in and we couldn’t be happier to report the results of UW–Madison’s first destination survey of 2016–18. With a response rate of 72%, School of Human Ecology graduates reported post-graduation plans at the time of their graduation. We hope this insight helps guide your own journey.

78% were employed or serving in the military or a volunteer program

91% agreed or strongly agreed that the UW prepared them for the next step in their career path

88% completed at least one internship while at the UW

21% were attending graduate/professional school or other continuing education

Post-Graduate Positions: Where Are They Now?

The map below shows a wide range of positions that SoHE graduates have landed up to three years post-graduation. Each major has its own icon, and each icon on the map represents a job a SoHE alum holds or has recently held. This is just a sampling of positions students reported on the First Destination Survey over the past three academic years; along with alumni 2-3 years out who responded to the 2019 SoHE Alumni Career Development Survey. To learn more about the alumni and employers, expand the map.

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