Information for Faculty & Staff

The Career Exploration Center (CEC) works to support the efforts of faculty and staff by helping your students connect to programs they are interested in and overcome challenges on their path to success.

Our Mission

The Career Exploration Center (CEC) supports undecided and exploring students to make decisions about their futures based on their interests, values, and skills through individual advising appointments, workshops, events, a career library, and campus & community outreach.

Our Vision

UW-Madison undergraduates make informed decisions about their career goals and academic pursuits by actively exploring their interests through campus engagement, co-curricular and work experiences, and reflection.

CEC Values

The CEC’s work and interactions with students and colleagues is guided by the following values:

  • Inclusion
  • Collaboration
  • Ambition
  • Support
  • Joy
  • Innovation
When Should I Refer a Student to the CEC?

Questions the CEC helps students answer:

Who can help me figure out what to do with my life?
What kinds of careers are right for me? What can I do to find this out?
Where can I take a “career test”?
What are employers looking for?

Other great reasons to refer students to the CEC:

They were not accepted to their first-choice major and they need to explore other options.
They are reassessing their interests and skills, and want to explore career paths outside their discipline.

Career Assessments 

The Career Exploration Center (CEC) uses assessment tools with undergraduate students in small groups (10-20 students) for the purpose of career exploration. These assessments can help students discover their preferences, interests, and skills, and can provide students a starting point for major and career exploration. Individual students who would like to take a fee-required assessment should schedule an appointment with a CEC advisor.

CEC Programming Request

Use this form to request specific, or general, programming support from the CEC. Please allow at least 2 weeks advance notice for all programming requests.
  • Choose from a list of the workshops and programming the CEC currently offers.