Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bryant Plano (History, History of Science, '13), Support Engineer at Zendesk

Tell us about yourself. What are your career plans now that you are a graduate?

Born and raised in Wisconsin, I'm a pretty simple guy. I enjoy reading, working out, playing video games and hanging out with friends. I had several majors while at UW-Madison, but my background in British naval history in high school really pushed me toward adopting my History major. I also have a passion for technology, and so my History of Science degree fits me too! As far as the career plan goes... that's a pretty big question. For myself - and many others - it isn't so much a "plan" as it is a path that you find and carve out for yourself. It's about finding the right opportunity to get you started and rolling with it.

Tell us about your current job.
I am currently working as a Support Engineer for Zendesk. Zendesk is a company which sells customer service software, and my main job duty is to ensure the product works well for our customers. To do this, I work to ensure that customer needs are met and bug fixes are completed by our developers. Most of this communication is done through our ticketing software (also called Zendesk) and email. 

In terms of my movement here at Zendesk, I started out as a Tier 2 Support Advocate just after I graduated from UW. The team grew pretty quickly, and management had been impressed with my work, so I was offered a Team Lead position about six months after I started. I was a Team Lead for roughly one year, and then I decided to interview for the Support Engineering position. I actually just got another promotion, to Mobile Engineer, which I will officially start on August 10th - a little more than two years after I started here!

Monday, July 27, 2015

History Alumnus Luca Brilli (May '15) Dishes About His New Job at Google

Tell us about your job. What are you doing now? What are your responsibilities at Google?
I am working at Google as a Support Specialist working on Google Analytics. I perform technical troubleshooting on behalf of our Analytics customers.

How do you feel your history major has prepared you? (Professionally, personally...feel free to elaborate and get specific).
I feel that my history degree fostered my curiosity and prepared me to be analytical. Historians are curious. They are constantly challenging explanations of the past by reanalyzing sources with a fresh perspective and incorporating new discoveries. Professionally, this means channeling my curiosity to create a deep understanding for my role. It also means analyzing how I do it and whether or not there is a better way. Personally, this means constantly learning new things through research about the most random of thoughts and connecting with people just by being genuinely curious about them.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Katy Berggruen (Art History), Summer 2015 Intern, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA)

Tell us about you and your story:  Coming from a family of engineers, choosing art history as a major came with a lot of questions about what kind of career it could lead to, but while completing my studies, I found that I am most interested in going into arts administration and working as a director at an art museum or gallery. The Art History major has not only prepared me by providing a foundational knowledge of art movements and styles, but it has also developed a range of useful skills for this field. After writing paper after paper, Art History really helps to develop your research and composition skills. It strengthens your visual analysis abilities and also helped my public speaking as I learned to develop and effectively present arguments for my papers. Personally, the major also pairs perfectly with my passion for travel; exploring museums and seeing the pieces you’ve only seen via PowerPoint presentation in person really brings your studies to life.

What advice do you have for current UW-Madison students in terms of taking advantage of all the resources available to them?: Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors. Go to their office hours, ask questions in class, or just introduce yourself after lecture. Office hours give you extra time to discuss topics that you are passionate about and can also add meaning to the classes that you might have less interest in. If I regret anything, it would be not going to office hours within the first couple weeks of classes starting. I also think it’s important to get involved early and be active in art-based student orgs or ones that have nothing to do with art – you never know what might pique your interest. Make sure you explore the larger Madison arts community, too. We are really lucky to have such a lively art scene right in our city, make sure you embrace it by attending art events around the city.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Are you a recent college graduate interested in a career in public service? Are you interested in making an impact on your community?

Look no further! The Management Training Program offers recent college graduates an opportunity to pursue careers in public service with the City of Milwaukee. While appointments to Management Trainee positions are limited to one year, transfer/promotional opportunities to positions within City of Milwaukee agencies may be available upon completion of trainee period.

Mayor's Office

Recruitment #1505-4357-001

City Of Milwaukee

Arts & Humanities Opportunities

Museum Specialist (Art)

Agency: National Gallery of Art
Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 2 vacancy - Washington DC, District of Columbia
Salary: $63,722.00 to $82,840.00 / Per Year
Series and Grade: GS-1016-11
Open Period: Friday, May 22, 2015 to Friday, June 12, 2015
Position Information: Permanent - Full-Time
Who May Apply: United States citizens and nationals This position is also being advertised to status candidates via Merit Promotion procedures. The announcement number is: NGA-15-44B

Department: Department of the Army
Agency: Army National Guard Units (Title 32)
Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 1 vacancies - Indianapolis, Indiana
Salary: $48,623.00 to $63,207.00 / Per Year
Series and Grade: GS-1060-09
Open Period: Thursday, May 21, 2015 to Thursday, June 4, 2015
Position Information: Term - Full-Time
Multimedia Production Specialist (Vietnamese)

PS 630, Latin American Politics

There are plenty of seats in PS 630, Latin American Politics!

Junior standing and PS 106 are pre-reqs but students with an intro course and/or background in Latin-American history can certainly contact us for permission.

This course meets on Mondays & Wednesdays from 2:30 - 3:45pm.

A syllabus can be found here: http://dept.polisci.wisc.edu/syllabi/1142/PS%20630%20Latin%20American%20Politics.pdf

Chazen Museum Summer Print Room PAID Opportunities

Positions in the Print Room

All positions are posted on the UW Student Job Center ( http://jobcenter.wisc.edu/ ). To request an application please send an email to Melinda Gleason (mgleason@chazen.wisc.edu).

Print Room Catalog Assistant / $8.50 per hour, 14 hours per week

Catalog art works, measuring them and noting inscriptions
Research works in library at Curator’s request
Set appointments for visitors to the print room
Assist print room visitors in viewing works of art
Coordinate work schedules of up to five volunteers

Print Room Matting Assistant / $8.50 per hour, 14 hours per week

Mat works of art in permanent collection
Frame works of art for exhibition
Repair and renew previously matted works of art
Maintain condition of matting tools and materials
Maintain inventory of matting tools and materials
Make labels for exhibitions
Assist with preparation for exhibitions to include:
Hang artwork
Install labels
Clean frames