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Tools for Purposeful Career Change: Spring Section 1

February 8, 2018 @ 8:30 am - February 9, 2018 @ 4:30 pm


Register by: January 26, 2018

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Workshop description

From early career to retirement career, this in-depth workshop provides assessment, structure, and exercises to facilitate the career- and life-planning process. Explore your skills, values, interests, and style preferences using the Strong Interest Inventory (SII), Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and other individual/group activities. Take the SII and MBTI beforehand and interpret the results in class. Leave with an action plan. Some homework between sessions.

Who should attend?

Are you at a crossroads in your career? Hoping to discover what you want to be when you “grow up?” Want to do more intentional career planning? If you answered yes to any of these then this workshop is for you!


After two intensive days you will leave with a:

  • better idea of the career planning process and how to determine what careers might be a good fit for you
  • working knowledge of excellent career exploration tools and how to access them
  • career plan for action

Follow-up appointments are available at no additional charge.

Workshop agenda


Workshop Overview – a discussion about what to expect and an overview of the career planning process.
Assess Your Skills – we all have skills at which we excel but this exercise will help you identify the skills you enjoy using.
Discover Your Interests – Using the Strong Interest Inventory and other exercises you’ll take an in-depth look at your interests and how you might pursue them vocationally and avocationally.
Clarify Your Values – values clarification will help you discover more meaningful work.
Panel of Career Changers – this panel of people who have made career changes provides insight on how to actually make the transition.

There will be some homework assigned the first day to be completed before the second day (should take about 1-2 hours maximum).


Understand Your Personal Preferences – We’ll use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and other exercises to provide you with a better understanding of your and others behavior, help you articulate where dissatisfaction and satisfaction may arise in your current work situation, and provide insights into your approach to your own career development.
Putting It All Together Puzzle – this exercise helps you see the big picture by combining your skills, personal preferences, values, and interests to help you brainstorm possible careers alternatives.
Career Exploration – learn about valuable print and Web tools for exploring careers.
Moving Forward – make a plan to act in order to keep the momentum going!
Wrap Up – a chance to ask final questions and check-in as a group one last time.

About the facilitators

Tools for Career Planning is facilitated by Adult Career and Special Student Services counseling staff. A minimum of two counselors facilitate each workshop.

What past participants have said

“…the opportunity to devote two entire days to thinking about my career plans felt like a gift (and it was!)”

“…thank you for providing a fresh perspective on life/work!”

“Thank you for helping me find the courage to believe that another life for myself is not only possible, but within reach!”

“I really enjoyed the Tools workshop…the information has opened my eyes to several new possibilities to explore. Thank you for your time and effort.”

“You’ve helped me in 2 days do what I’ve been trying—unsuccessfully—to do by myself for years.”

“The workshop was an excellent combination of lecture and activity with some time to digest the information.”

General information

Location: 21 N. Park St, Madison, WI. Link to map

Fee: $199 includes Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, materials and refreshment breaks.

Parking: Public parking is available in the city owned State Street Ramp (formerly the Lake and Frances Street Ramp). Limited parking is sometimes available under 21 N. Park St (Lot 29, entrance on Park St), Grainger Hall (Lot 7, entrance on Brooks St) or under the Fluno Center (Lot 83, entrance on Frances St). Please do not park at a meter since it is difficult to leave the workshop to add more quarters to a parking meter. You should allow ample time for parking or use Madison Metro. Visitor parking information.

Cancellation Policy: Adult Career and Special Student Services reserves the right to cancel the workshop and return your payment if registrations are below minimum enrollment. After registration deadline dates, no refunds will be made for participant’s cancellation of registration. To cancel, please contact ACSSS at 608-263-6960 or advising@dcs.wisc.edu.

Miscellaneous: Casual and comfortable dress is appropriate. Be prepared for fluctuating temperatures in the meeting room. A sweater or jacket may be desirable.


February 8, 2018 @ 8:30 am
February 9, 2018 @ 4:30 pm




21 N Park St
Rm 1106-1108
Madison, WI
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