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Blugold SuccessShops connect students with alumni in the professional world

| Sarah Tweedale

What better way to learn what it takes to be a successful Blugold than to hear it from the mouths of other successful Blugolds? In Blugold SuccessShops, you’ll get the inside scoop from former Blugold students on navigating the professional world after college. All sessions are facilitated by UW-Eau Claire alumni who are experts on their topics and want to share their tips and tricks with you.

Join your fellow students and alumni who were once in your shoes for some Blugold-to-Blugold career advice that connects your academic department to the real-life workplace. College casual attire is encouraged.

Check out the Fall 2019 schedule below. Simply click the link provided to register in Handshake.

Free pizza and advice for all attendees!

September 18, 2019 | Fitness Jobs & the Gig Economy | Facilitated by Jeff Rogers
12-1 p.m., Davies Center Menominee Room

Jeff Rogers owns Rog City Fitness and has been doing health-related contract work for the past decade. He will share his experiences working as a personal trainer in the gig economy as well as his perspectives on investing in the health of the community he works and lives in, various careers in fitness and nutrition, and turning the thing he loves doing into his business.

Participants will...

  • Learn insights into breaking into the fitness industry and ways to use their time as students to set themselves up for professional success
  • Gain an understanding of engaging a community through social media influence
  • Hear about "the grind" of building a business, finding and retaining clients, and keeping his motivation for success

Register now for Fitness Jobs and the Gig Economy

October 9, 2019 | Personal Branding & Jobs in PR | Facilitated by Angela Pittman Taylor
12-1 p.m., Davies Center Menominee Room

Angela Pittman Taylor graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2000 and is now Senior Vice President and Public Relations Operations Manager at Baird, where she began as an intern while she was a student. She has been recognized as a "corporate trailblazer" at Baird and a Woman of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal. Angela has been working in public relations since her first college internship and will discuss careers in public relations and brand strategy.

Participants will...

  • Learn insights into the pros and cons of a career in Public Relations and the future outlook of the profession
  • Gain an understanding of building and reinforcing brand strategy for a corporation within a specific geographic market
  • Hear about the experience of forging a path toward leadership with long-term loyalty to one employer

Register now for Personal Branding & Jobs in PR

October 23, 2019 | Working for a Hedge Fund & Jobs in Finance | Facilitated by Aric Steffens
12-1 p.m., Davies Center Menominee Room

Aric Steffen is a 2005 Accounting and Finance graduate who works for Greenlight Capital, a hedge fund in New York City. He will share his career story and explain the variety of entry-level and advanced jobs in finance, including investing, trading, risk management, marketing, accounting, and legal/compliance.

Participants will...

  • Learn about hedge funds and the entry-level jobs that can lead to a role managing them
  • Gain advice on how to break into the finance industry and make the most of their time as UW-Eau Claire students to be successful in their early career
  • Get inspired to make a difference in their chosen fields through hard work and dedication to success

Register now for Working for a Hedge Fund & Jobs in Finance

November 6, 2019 | Working as an Artist & Jobs in Art | Facilitated by Eric Lee
12-1 p.m., Davies Center Menominee Room

Eric Lee graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2010 with a Fine Arts degree and has spent his time since as a visual artist who repurposes litter and other found items by incorporating them into his paintings. His work is currently on display in a European Culture Centre exhibit that coincides with the world-renowned Venice Biennale in Italy.

Participants will...

  • Learn about the struggles and possibilities in sustaining yourself as a working artist
  • Gain perspective on building support within your community when working as a creative professional
  • Finding inspiration and camaraderie while developing your personal artistic style as a student

Register now for Working as an Artist & Jobs in Art

Blugold SuccessShops are sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

For questions, contact Staci Heidtke at