WELCOME BACK FOR WINTER QUARTER
Welcome back and happy new year! With the new quarter comes another phase of recruitment. Countless organizations are still searching for their next stellar employee, and that could be you.
Chief among this quarter’s business is, of course, the iSchool Career Fair (ICF). It’s happening Tuesday, Feb. 12, 12:30 – 4:30pm in the HUB Ballrooms. This year, we’re expecting about 40 organizations to attend. Many are in tech, but there are also organizations from financial services, consulting, healthcare, and library services — you can find
If you plan on going (that should be everyone!), be sure to fill out this super-quick ICF is open to iSchool students only for the first hour, and responding to the survey will ensure we have a nametag ready for you, allowing you take advantage of the whole hour. (You will still need to bring your Husky Card.)
MLIS students can also look forward to the Library & Information Science Speed-Talks & Mingling event on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2:00 – 4:00pm in KNE 225 (the Walker-Ames Room). The event will start with brief presentations (“speed-talks”) from LIS professionals, followed by small group discussions where students can interact with the presenters more directly. And if the idea of attending a networking event is a bit intimidating, you can come to our prep session the Friday beforehand.
Last, we are piloting a few new programs this quarter, including Career Conversations (small-group career coaching sessions) and Career Exploration Trips (employer site-visits). You can find more information on these and other career events on the iSchool’s event page.
With the number of events this quarter that include a networking component, we’re focusing this newsletter on how to explain your degree to prospective employers.
EXPLAINING YOUR DEGREE
Explaining what you’re studying at the iSchool can be challenging. 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 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 friends and relatives, it will allow you to better convince employers you’re the right person for the job. Continue reading