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Presented by: Paul Logan - Support Services Manager, Dane County Public Safety Communications
Description: They are the first line of response when the call comes in for help during an emergency. For 9-1-1 Communicators, working in an emergency dispatch center is more than just a job; it’s a challenging and rewarding career that allows them to work with the latest technology, dedicated people, and the personal satisfaction of knowing that they are making a difference in people’s lives. Being a public safety communicator is a higher calling, with tremendous responsibility that demands some personal sacrifice for the common good of all people. Learn about what it takes to get into this rewarding career. (Running Time 21:24)
Presented by: Paul Witke - Co-Owner, Zimmerman Cheese
Description: Make what you love, with a career in cheesemaking! Wisconsin’s dairy processing industry holds terrific job opportunities, whether you’re college-bound or ready to go to work. Zimmerman Cheese’s Paul Witke grew up in a cheesemaking family, but invites you, too, to get involved in one of our state’s most beloved traditions. Learn what it’s like to work in a cheese plant, the salaries and benefits workers can expect, and how you can get a foot in the door now!
Presented by: Nancy Frost - Wildlife Biologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Description: It’s hard to describe a day-in-the-life of a Wildlife Biologist. So says Nancy Frost, a wildlife biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, who researches and manages all kinds of wild creatures. Duties can vary from day-to-day and even differ throughout the year for various regions of the state. Wildlife Biologists are often property managers for DNR public lands, working on habitat management for those properties based on species focus or natural community focus. Nancy explains what it is like to take on this career working on the wild side. (Running Time 21:04)
Presented by: Julie Wadzinski - Farm Business and Production Management Instructor, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Description: From mixing feed on her own family farm to creating the recipe for cows on different farms across the nation, the dairy nutritionists job is to problem solve and create a balanced, healthy meal for the animals that help feed us. Julie will walk you through the educational pathways to becoming a nutritionist. She will shed light on the different day to day activities of a nutritionist.
Presented by: Beth Ann Nylander - Sr. Quality Leader, Nutrition Applications, Kraft Foods Inc.
Description: When people think of working in the food industry, they don’t normally think of someone having an engineering degree. However, there are many skills that one learns as an engineer, especially as a chemical engineer, that make the field an excellent one in which to have a long term career. Beth Ann Nylander will share her insight about those attributes and how she has been able to apply them in the many varied roles that she’s had while working for Kraft Foods. (Running Time 22:13)
Presented by: Brian Bartels - Manager of Customer Operations, Alliant Energy-Beaver Dam
Description: Brian Bartels graduated from high school and was accepted to the UW Madison School of Engineering. At the last minute Brian decided that wasn’t his path, and found a job with a utility subcontractor. After a few years working with the utilities, he decided a line technician was his true calling. Fast forward to today, and Brian now manages projects that include subcontractors. Brian will share with how job skills gained today can move you in new directions and opportunities in the future. (Running Time 22:07)
Presented by: Conor Caloia - General Manager, Madison Mallards Baseball Club
Description: Sports are a major draw for many young people today, playing for leisure or for a bit of competition. But what is it really like to work for a sports organization? Being a pro-athlete is tough to do, but what about the other career possibilities for someone with a great interest in the sports arena. Conor Caloia is a UW-Madison graduate who began as an intern with the Madison Mallards while in school and now after working elsewhere in the field, has returned to help run the summer collegiate baseball team as their General Manager. Caloia will discuss his background and offer insight on sports careers on and off the field. (Running Time 24:35)
Presented by: Eric Olson - Sanitarian II, Public Health-Madison & Dane County
Description: A sanitarian, also known as a public health inspector, is a person who promotes public health by conducting inspections and investigations in order to make sure standards of cleanliness and sanitation are enforced. Eric Olson will discuss the general educational requirements and training as well as the variety of duties a sanitarian can expect. (Running Time 23:07)
Presented by: Randy Wichinski - Tax Partner/Executive Director (Retired), Ernst & Young
Description: An accounting degree provides an excellent foundation for virtually every business related career in any industry. A career in accounting is not just about adding numbers or preparing tax returns; it is about understanding and providing the necessary support for critical business issues, which also includes compliance with a complex system of tax laws. As Randy Wichinski will discuss, accounting and tax positions in public accounting, industry, or in government are not boring, they are exciting and rewarding. They can also provide you with the skills and experience for other career opportunities that you may encounter. (Running Time 23:36)
Presented by: Laura Klocke - Controller, First Supply Madison
Description: A big part of running a successful business is managing financial resources. This main budgeting role is typically handled by a company's top accountant - the controller. Laura Klocke shares her insight on what a controller is responsible for and how this high-level accounting post can lead to great career advances. (Running Time 24:07)
Presented by: Paul Krejcarek - Vice President of Operations, Perlick Corporation
Description: Getting a degree in accounting doesn’t mean you must be a CPA working on taxes and financial spreadsheets all day. An accounting degree can be a stepping stone into a career in business. Paul Krejcarek is the Vice President of Operations for Perlick Corporation, a Milwaukee manufacturer of high-end specialty bar equipment and refrigeration. Krejcarek relates how he used his accounting background to build upon a career in business. (Running Time 23:49)
Presented by: Megan Schultz - Accounting Manager, Advanced Pain Management
Description: Unlike many young people who struggle with career path decisions, Megan Schultz had herself pegged to become an accountant since the seventh grade. She figured she’d become a Certified Public Accountant just like her grandpa. And while her career started that way, it has melded into a management accounting career within a company, challenging her to problem solve while working with the numbers behind the business. Megan highlights the numerous accounting career paths to fit all kinds of personalities. (Running Time 25:56)
Presented by: Katie Werner - Pricing Strategist, American Family Insurance
Description: If you are a problem solver and enjoy math, actuarial science might be the profession for you. Actuaries draw upon a solid background of mathematics and statistics, financial economics, and even computer science to creatively solve problems, primarily for the insurance industry. As a young actuary at American Family Insurance, Katie Werner is hoping to encourage more young women into the field which typically has more men. However, for any interested individual, Katie says actuarial science provides a vibrant learning environment as well as good pay, job security and work-life balance. (Running Time 22:08)
Presented by: Bob Carlson - Chief Executive Officer, Landmark Cooperative
Description: Being involved in Wisconsin’s agriculture industry spans far beyond life on the farm. From animal nutrition and agronomy services to grain management, transportation and marketing, there are a wide range of agribusiness careers to consider. As the head of Landmark Cooperative, CEO Bob Carlson shares insight on the variety of jobs that are involved with running an agricultural co-op and the skills needed to get into the field. (Running Time 22:44)
Presented by: Arthur Janowski - Air Traffic Control Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration
Description: Safe, orderly and expeditious: that is an Air Traffic Controller’s objective. Controllers provide service to aircraft on the ground and in the air, to keep them separated from other aircraft, and to get them to their destinations quickly and without incident. There are many positions of an Air Traffic Controller and each one has a specific duty to perform. With five years of service and experience, Arthur Janowski discusses the various positions working in Air Traffic Control and helps guide students looking toward a career in the Air Traffic field. (Running Time 24:14)
Presented by: Erica Lehr-Reuber - Alcohol and Drug Counselor, St. Clare Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Description: Alcohol and drug abuse and addiction are ever present in our society. Helping people regain control of their lives from chemical dependency is job that takes dedicated individuals. As an Alcohol and Drug Counselor at St. Clare Center in Baraboo, Erica Lehr-Reuber shares her first-hand experiences in the field and reviews the training and personal skills that are imperative to this very important career path. (Running Time 22:17)
Presented by: Julie Hanson - Senior Real Estate Representative, American Transmission Company, LLC
Description: When you think of a career in Real Estate, you typically think of buying and selling houses. At American Transmission Company, the Real Estate department buys rights-of-ways or easements from landowners, which gives our company the right to construct, operate and maintain our poles and wires. A career as a right-of-way representative includes acquiring and managing these real estate interests, including buying land in fee or easements, leases, contracts, permits with either landowners, corporations and governmental agencies. Julie will share her journey of beginning as a Real Estate Technical Assistant and her path to become a Senior Real Estate Representative, her responsibilities as a RE Representative, and educational requirements to become a right-of-way agent.
Presented by: Gail Ambrosius - Chocolatier, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier
Description: Learn what it’s like to have your own chocolate company from nationally known chocolatier, Gail Ambrosius. Gail has traveled to France to learn how to make chocolate. She visits cacao farms, where the beans that make chocolate are grown, in Ecuador, Venezuela and Costa Rica. She brings that world of experience back to her shop, where she and her staff make dark chocolate truffles by hand that are shipped around the country. (Running Time 19:17)
Presented by: Carol Richard - Partner & Architect, Richard Wittschiebe Hand
Description: The world of architecture is an evolving industry with the use of new technologies and the focus on sustainability and green building efforts in recent years. Carol Richard has helped lead the industry’s evolution with more than 30 years of experience and founder of her own firm. Carol reflects on why she became an architect and how the field has changed for women over the years. She’ll discuss the career outlook for all young people with an eye for design and construction. (Running Time 21:40)
Presented by: Justin Cruz - Actuarial Vice President, American Family Insurance Corporation
Description: How do insurance companies decide how much to charge for insurance? It’s all in the numbers. If you are into math, listen up. Learn about what it takes to be in the actuarial profession from one of the top actuarial decision makers at one of the nation’s largest insurance companies. (Running Time 24:42)