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Lifelong Learner

The Lifelong Learner (formerly Career Corner) is a monthly feature written by UW–Madison Adult Career & Special Student Services staff. Articles are published in the Wisconsin State Journal and on our blog and cover topics related to educational opportunities and resources for adult learners.

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Accessing higher education as an adult

To celebrate National Higher Education Day, we talked with one of our education experts out how adult students can better access higher ed.

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Zalissa Zongo Kafando stands directly next to Bucky Badger, who is wearing a striped shirt with the Wisconsin "W" on the front and waving. Zalissa is smiling and has dark hair pulled back in a low ponytail. She is wearing a blue floral dress with a peach-colored jacket.

Scholarships fuel success for returning adult students

First-generation college student Zalissa Zongo Kafando shares how scholarships helped her overcome obstacles and finish her degree at UW–Madison.

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Precollege programs prepare students for success

Learn how precollege programs prepare students for academic success as well as offer them opportunities to meet new friends and learn new things with UW–Madison instructors.

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Megan Reilly, shown in an outdoor setting, is wearing a green v-neck shirt, a glasses and pendant necklace. She has long reddish-brown hair.

Shining a light on neurodiversity in higher ed

UW–Madison Assistant Professor Megan Reilly shares her experiences as a student and teacher with autism, and how higher education is learning to accommodate neurodivergent students.

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How to nurture your network during a pandemic

A UW–Madison career counselor shares four strategies for connecting with your network in unprecedented times.

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How to recover from a job interview blunder

A career counselor explains common interview blunders and how to fix them.

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Tips for a successful informational interview

A career and education counselor tells job seekers how to best reach out.

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4 tips to dress for success in 2019

UW-Madison career counselors offer 4 easy tips to dress for success in today’s workplaces, so your potential and personality shine brightly.

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Quiz time! Test your job-market knowledge

Find out how much you know about cover letters, switching careers, and going back to school as an adult.

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Career Corner

Preparing to start your own business

Career counselor gives advice on networking, research, finances

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Mastering the art of the follow-up

A smart, well-timed follow-up message can make or break your quest to land the job you’re seeking.

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Career Corner September 2018

Balancing school, family, and work when going back to college

Angeline Mboutngam moved to the United States from Cameroon in her mid 30s with dreams of going to college. Personal and financial obstacles made an undergraduate degree seem impossible, but somehow Mboutngam graduated from the …

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