ASPIRE to a Career Choice

About the Program

Not quite sure what to major in yet? Our ASPIRE to a Career learning community provides an excellent opportunity to connect with other students in and outside the classroom that are also exploring their career choices. Together, students will discover their unique interests, values, and skills; match those to potential occupations and UW-Stout majors.They will learn about personality types, and how their individual strengths and weaknesses can affect not only their job-seeking process, but also their professional development once they land a job.

In addition, students will be able to discuss how motivation can impact career choices, and how one's personal values can affect career decision-making processes. This learning community is sponsored by ASPIRE-Student Support Services and is available to eligible students only. Ninety-one percent of the students who completed the Career Exploration course in the fall of 2011 said they would recommend it to other first-year students.

Student Profile

amanda (2a) 

Name: Amanda

Home Town: Holmen, WI

Major: Dietetics


I chose UW-Stout because it was about the size of my hometown and I wanted the experience away from home without a huge shock of a larger city. The fact that they had a major that I was interested in was even better, but because I was unsure if I really wanted to major in Dietetics I decided to test out a couple of classes first before I declared.

I would recommend the Career Exploration Learning Community to incoming freshmen because it was a huge help in my decision to declare Dietetics as a major. The personality quizzes [inventories] really solidified my decision because they forced me to realize what my strengths and weaknesses were.

Who's Eligible

First year students who:

  • are first generation (meaning neither parents has graduated from a 4 year college or university) and/or
  • have limited income (Pell Grant Eligible) and/or
  • have a documented disability recognized by the University's Disability Services Office.
Visit ASPIRE Student Support Services for more information

Classes You'll Take


TRDIS-101 Seminar in Career Exploration (1 cr. - Tuition Waived)

This one-credit semester seminar course is designed to help you learn about and reflect on: your interests, values and skills as they relate to potential occupational preference; education necessary to attain occupational goals – including a thorough review of the majors at UW-Stout; employment and occupational information; career decision-making strategies to help you now and in the future.

PSYCH 110 General Psychology (3 cr.)

An introduction to psychology as a discipline and applied science. Emphasis is placed on scientific methodology as it is applied to behavior, learning, memory, perception, motivation, development, individual differences, mental health, the physiological basis for behavior, and on the application of psychological principles to human experience.

Where You Will Live

This is a non residential learning community and is not linked to a resident hall or floor. On campus and commuter students are welcome. There is an ASPIRE floor option available in University Housing that is affiliated with this Learning Community.

What We Do

There are many possibilities and opportunities.  Some of them include attending a career fair, out of class social activities, movie nights, group dinners and group study sessions.

Faculty and Staff


 Name: Paige Tepp


Hobbies and Interests:
Walking my dog, Nala, attending music festivals, and traveling. ( I am kind of boring now that I look at this list ha)

The most interesting thing that I ever done: Held and swam with sting rays in the Bahamas.

Community Profile

Number of Participants: 25

Living Location: Not Applicable

Classes: Career Exploration and General Psychology

Eligibility: Recommended for Undeclared students. First Generation, Income Eligible and/or Documented Disability