Melissa Hillmer, a painting and drawing major, works as a teaching partner for Otto’s Fine Art Academy in Waukesha. After taking courses at Otto’s growing up, Hillmer began teaching there while at UWM. She plans to open a second location of Otto’s after graduation. Her goals are to promote community involvement through the academy and encourage students to see the possibilities of pursuing an art-based career. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Prior to graduating with a degree in information science and technology, Tommy Lloyd III was hired full-time at Northwestern Mutual as a web and mobile app developer. He took classes geared toward web development at UWM’s School of Information Studies and says that meeting with a Northwestern Mutual recruiter in person at a career fair helped him land the position. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Lianna Hawi, a mechanical engineering major, starts her position as an application engineer in January at Rockwell Automation, where she started as an application engineering intern three years ago. Hawi knew she wanted to go into engineering from a young age and is also an active member of the Society of Women Engineers. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Trevor Jung, who is graduating with a degree in urban studies and a certificate in urban planning, works for Visioning a Greater Racine. The nonprofit organization strives to align community efforts to make the biggest positive impact in the community by hosting visioning sessions within the community. Jung is a fourth generation Racine resident and says he’s dedicated to making Racine a community every resident is proud to call home. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Jamesetta Davis, nursing, leaves for Atlanta Feb. 1 to start her position as a registered nurse at Grady Memorial Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center hospital capable of providing the highest level of medical care. She says her yearlong externship in the trauma unit at Froedtert Hospital, one of only two Level 1 trauma centers in Wisconsin, helps her feel confident about her new position. Davis has volunteered in health care throughout her life and strives to make patients feel comfortable and cared for. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Miranda Sakschek, a nutritional sciences major with a certificate in complementary and integrative health approaches, started her position as a brand ambassador for Angelic Bakehouse in March. Sakschek is passionate about nutrition and says the position allows her to educate people about what’s she’s learned at UWM while working for a company that promotes health and wellness. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
These December 2017 UWM graduates worked hard to break into their fields.
Many worked their way up through the companies they’ve been hired at, got professional experience through internships or mastered the art of networking during their time at UWM. Some knew exactly what they wanted to do and took advantage of their programs to get there while others’ plans evolved as their education progressed. Regardless of their path, these students are looking forward to entering a career they’re passionate about.
To learn more about internship and career opportunities at UWM, visit the Career Planning and Resource Center.