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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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Return to college has life-changing impact

After struggling in college and being academically dismissed, Tyler Johnston returned to finish his degree at UW–Madison with personal determination and tailored campus support.

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College for people currently or formerly incarcerated

UW-Madison Odyssey Beyond Bars director talks with our educational counselor Ace Hilliard about opportunities for students who are currently or were formerly incarcerated.

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Returning students can get specialized advice

Learn about the role of an educational counselor and how they can help you find the best academic fit for your goals and circumstances.

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Choosing your major based on career goals

Hear from a UW–Madison Continuing Studies educational counselor about tips on choosing your major when you go back to school as a returning adult student.

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Help is available for students with disabilities

Returning to college as an adult can be challenging, particularly if you have a disability. Student services staff offer a few tips for finding resources and accommodations to support your academic journey.

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Networking key to successful job search

Read our career and education counselor talk about tips on how to make networking a part of your routine and a key part of your job search.

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Transferring to a 4-year school may be worth it

Earning a bachelor’s degree can boost your career — and your salary. Here are six tips for transferring to a 4-year school after earning your associate degree.

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Lifelong learning essential in today’s workforce

Read suggestions from our career and educational counselor on how to be a lifelong learner — and why it can help your career.

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Taking a break from school can prove beneficial

There are many good reasons students choose to take time away from college. UW–Madison student Annie Lewis shares her story.

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Cultivating college knowledge for first-generation adult students

One of our academic advisors provides advice and support for first-generation returning adult college students in this column published in the Wisconsin State Journal.

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Myths persist about earning an online degree

Four common myths about earning your college degree online — and what you should know instead.

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Quiz yourself on lifelong learning

Ready to test your knowledge on continuing education? We’ve compiled a set of questions from our 2021 Wisconsin State Journal columns. Enjoy this quiz put together by one of our educational counselors.

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