WISLI Professional Development Workshop

Memorial Union
@ 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday, July 27 – 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Workshop Facilitator: Lydia Odegard, Language Directions Specialist, UW-Madison Language Institute

Light refreshments will be served.

In-person WISLI students will receive registration instructions via email.


This free interactive, in-person workshop provides an opportunity for WISLI students to develop career planning skills to leverage language study and promote long-term target language development in professional settings. In this workshop, participants will learn to:

  • leverage their social and professional networks to learn about and pursue career opportunities related to their language interests;
  • identify and articulate transferable skills gained through language study, and how these skills relate to U.S. employers’ demands;
  • communicate their language skills in descriptive, concrete language, developing content they can apply to their resumes, cover letters, and the job search process.

Space is limited. The presentation segments of the workshop will be recorded and shared with all WISLI students.

Workshop Facilitator

Lydia Odegard (she/her) serves as the Language Directions Specialist in the Language Institute. In this role, she works to promote and advance language learning opportunities at UW-Madison by collaborating with campus and community partners. Lydia also provides programming and academic and career advising for bi/multilingual students on campus to support them in connecting their language abilities with their personal, academic, and career goals. Lydia holds a BA in Languages & Cultures of Asia and Gender & Women’s studies, and earned her MS in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, with an emphasis on Global Higher Education, from UW-Madison. Lydia brings experience in Hindi language instruction, academic advising, undergraduate admissions, and international education, and speaks Hindi and some Spanish.