Career Newsletter, 11/30/2017

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Still Looking for a Job or Internship?

A lot of iSchool students are still searching for post-grad jobs and summer internships. That’s totally normal, and we’d urge anyone in that situation not to stress. The standard job-search stretches out months, and involves dozens of applications and multiple interviews. Below are some tips and considerations to help you stay focused on landing your desired opportunity.

There is a lot of time left.

Past results from our internal surveys have shown that only about one in four iSchoolers accept a job in the fall. And while we don’t have exact numbers on internships or directed fieldwork, anecdotally, it seems we see most students accept these offers during winter or spring. Winter quarter in particular is packed with career events and is a great time to continue searching. Upcoming career fairs include the Society of Women Engineers Career Fair (1/16), Diversity Career Fair (1/31), Winter Job & Internship Fair (2/15), and, of course, our own iSchool Career Fair on Jan. 30 from 12:30 to 4:30pm.

Automate your search.

Scrolling through a seemingly endless number of job postings can quickly drain your energy. Supplement your search with these strategies: Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 11/16/2017

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Explaining Your Degree

Explaining what goes on at the iSchool can be difficult. Tell someone you study here and you could get any number of responses — questions about how your major differs from computer science to confused looks about when Apple released a new product. Information technology, science, and management are nuanced fields and not always well understood by the general public.

The ability to explain your degree can not only help satisfy inquisitive relatives at the Thanksgiving table, it will allow you to better convince employers you’re the right person for the job. Today’s newsletter offers some ideas on how you can talk about your studies to family, friends, and employers unfamiliar with our academic programs.

General approaches

“I’m studying the relationship between information, technology, and people. My classes are in [computer programming, website development, knowledge organization, etc.].”

“My degree is interdisciplinary — we learn from professors that come from a range of industries, like technology, psychology, business, and education.”

“I’m studying how information is used by people and organizations, and how it impacts social and technical problems. This quarter, we’re [analyzing social behaviors in networking, creating websites that help English-learners find information about UW resources, studying the role of libraries in developing nations, etc.].” Continue reading