About Us

Who We Are

  • Student Services: CALS Career Services provides resources and advising for students as they explore career interests and develop skills to seek employment or admission to graduate or professional programs.
  • Employer Services: CALS Career Services specializes in connecting employers with students interested in fields related to human/plant/animal health, food systems, bioenergy, climate, the environment, and economic and community development.

Staff

John Klatt, Assistant Dean
John oversees co-curricular programming and college-wide student development initiatives. He also directs CALS Career Services. He provides individual career advising and career-related presentations to CALS students, student groups and classes. John has worked in higher education for more than 15 years. John earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from UW-Madison. In addition to working in CALS, John regularly collaborates with colleagues around the world to advance scientific work on human potentials and human well-being. In his free time, John enjoys endurance sports, martial arts and instilling Badger pride in his daughter.
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Kristina Vack, Career Advisor
Kristina is a motivated and high-energy career advisor dedicated to helping CALS students and alumni get everything they need to build a career that brings them joy. With more than 10 years of advising experience coupled with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology she has successfully helped individuals interested in a wide range of careers. When she’s not meeting with career seekers or crafting career-related workshops you can find her planning her next great travel adventure, running for fun or chasing after her two small children.
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Megan O’Rourke, Associate Director of Career Services
Megan manages employer relations for CALS while providing individual career advising, workshops and classroom presentations and co-coordinating campus-wide career fairs. She has worked in career development since 2006, first at Penn State University and then at the University of Maryland before arriving at the University of Wisconsin. Megan earned her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from North Dakota State University and her master’s degree in College Student Affairs from Penn State University. Prior to her career in higher education, she worked in youth leadership development in Washington, DC. Megan hails from a farm in southern Minnesota. She is most passionate about exploring the great outdoors, especially while on a bicycle or running trail. She competes regularly in endurance sports.
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Peer Advisors, CALS undergraduate students
CALS Career Services employs several CALS undergraduate students who are extensively trained in resume writing. They manage our drop-in resume review hours, marketing/communication for programs and other administrative tasks.
Resume Review Hours

Mission
Provide CALS students with high quality career development through direct education and partnerships with employers, academic departments and other campus units.

Vision
Advance the professional identity of every CALS student.

Values

  • Professionalism – We expect students to develop a professional identity. To that end we hold professionalism in high regard modeling professional behavior in all of our activities.
  • Student Growth – Personal and professional development are central to our purpose.
  • Partnerships – We cannot achieve our goals without strong campus and external partners.
  • Service – UW-Madison has a strong tradition of service. CALS Career Services attempts to instill this value in our students. In addition, whether working with students or employers, our aim is to be an outstanding resource addressing the needs of our stakeholders.