Profile for Karolyn Bald

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Specialty area(s)

Internship programs, job search strategies, resume and cover letter writing, graduate school tips, employment trends, academic advising, pre-health advising

Brief biography

My career started totally by happenstance.  I loved college and was involved in as much as I could while a student.  UWL opened doors to me that I didn't even know existed - student government, residence hall involvement, academic clubs and study abroad.  As a first-generation college student, my parents were incredibly supportive but often wondered what all this involvement was really about but little did I know I stumbled upon my future career.  It was an appt with my career advisor when I realized "Wow, she really loves her job!"  I grew up with parents that had "jobs" to pay the bills but this advisor had a "career" - there was passion.  So that was really the beginning of my career story.   Thankfully, my parents let me follow my interests in part because they didn't know how to help.  I just needed to be able to support myself and be independent.  It is from their hard work and support that I am where I am today.  Nearly 20+ years later, I now work in the Academic Advising Center & Career Services Office - the same office as my former advisor (in fact she was my first mentor and boss).  My advice for students is - work hard and volunteer (at work and in your community) to help because you never know who is paying attention and what opportunities might present themselves to you.  

Personal notes:  My partner is a Yooper with a fantastic sense of humor (yeah, you might need to look that one up), an adorable son (Jack), an ornery old cat (Ruby) and two wild dogs (Greg & Miley).

I am #UWLProud!


University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
Master of Science in Education – College Student Development and Administration
Bachelor of Science - Public Administration/Political Science

Professional history

Assistant Director of the Academic Advising Center & Career Services

Career Advisor for the College of Liberal Studies (CASSH) - nearly 18 years

Co-Founder of the UWL Peace Corps Prep program

Co-Leaders of 2 Study Tours - Ghana, West Africa & Vietnam/Hong Kong

Instructor for Career Preparation/Exploration Courses and Freshman Seminar

Family Cluster Facilitator, LeaderShape



Karolyn Bald, International Education & Engagement; and Bianca Basten and Betsy Morgan, both Psychology; co-authored the article "LinkedIn®: Advice for Students and Faculty " in Eye on Psi Chi published on Thursday, Feb. 4 by Psi Chi.

Submitted on: Feb. 4



Karolyn Bald, International Education & Engagement, received the award for Outstanding Service Award at WIACE Conference on Dec. 3 in virtual format. Karolyn was recognized for her service and active participation in the Wisconsin Association of Colleges and Employers.

Submitted on: Dec. 11, 2020



Karolyn Bald, Career Services, received the award for 2019 YWCA Outstanding Womxn Nominee, Sustaining Leader of Today at the 36th annual Tribute to Outstanding Womxn on Nov. 7, 2019 in La Crosse, WI. The YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Womxn event honors individuals who identify as female and have demonstrated a commitment to our mission to eliminate racism and empower womxn.

Submitted on: Nov. 25, 2019



Karolyn Bald, Career Services, presented ""It All Starts with a Handshake"" at Wisconsin Association of Colleges and Employers on Nov. 29, 2018 in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Karolyn, Assistant Director of the Academic Advising Center & Career Services, co-presented with Staci Heidtke, Associate Director of Career Services at UW-Eau Claire. The presentation was targeted to Wisconsin employers who recruit Wisconsin graduates in order to promote and familiarize employers with Handshake, the job and internship posting board utilized by most UW System universities.

Submitted on: Dec. 3, 2018