We all have within us the ability to lead if given the tools and opportunity to do so.
I have been actively involved in student leadership development on campus for many years and have learned that there are basic leadership skills that all students should develop during their time at the UW, which employers expect them to have upon graduating from college. As noted in the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2015 survey, “leadership” and “the ability to work in a team” tied for the most important attributes that employers said they look for when evaluating new college graduates resumes, followed closely by “communication” and “problem-solving skills”. Here in the School of Human Ecology (SoHE), I am responsible for leading, coordinating and implementing career and leadership development initiatives for undergraduate students to learn and practice these professional skills. My role includes career advising, teaching and program development. My primary goal is to promote active student engagement in the career and leadership development process to better prepare SoHE students for the workforce and make them more marketable to employers when they graduate from UW-Madison.