Career Newsletter, 11/13/18

AVOIDING BURNOUT

The process of searching for a job or internship is long and often arduous (and can feel especially so this time of year, with the declining weather and short days).

That said, employers are looking for talent throughout the year, and many of our students secure opportunities after the new year. Many employers even prefer to hire students/soon-to-be graduates on an ad-hoc basis, approximately one or two months before they’ll be available.

The job search is a process of finding the right fit, and that may take time. You shouldn’t feel discouraged by some initial setbacks, nor obligated to accept the first offer you receive. Instead, accept the first offer than aligns with your values and priorities. (For more tips on negotiating and deciding on offers, check out a recording from last week’s workshop here.)

As you continue with the application process, here are a few strategies to avoid burnout:

SET SMALL GOALS

As with anything, successfully navigating the job-search process takes consistent, concentrated effort. Attempting to finish it all in one fell swoop will leave you overwhelmed. Instead, set out incremental goals that, in total, will result in securing a professional opportunity. For example, start by committing to 30 minutes of researching jobs and companies each day. The next week, focus those 30 minutes each day on drafting your application materials and iterating. Keeping your goals manageable will give you a steady stream of momentum.

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Events: National First Generation College Celebration, 11/8/19

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A message from Rickey Hall, University Diversity Officer: 

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As a university community that is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, we know that all student experiences in their various forms contribute to the vibrancy and excellence of our three campuses.

On Thursday, November 8, we will lift up the experiences of our first-generation students when UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma join the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), NASPA Center for First-Generation Student Success and universities across the country to participate in the National First-Generation College Celebration. Continue reading

Events: Recommended Reads for Equity Celebration, Nov 13th 1-2:30pm

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We are excited to invite you to take part in the Recommended Reads for Equity Celebration. Help us celebrate the newly created Equity Reads Collection and over 120 book recommendations submitted by UW students, faculty, and staff. Explore the collection, listen to book talks, and enjoy food and conversation!

When: Tuesday November 13th from 1:00- 2:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons Green A

Have a book recommendation? We’re still accepting submissions!

Events: Accessible Document Creation: A Workshop for UW Graduate Students 11/7

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Room 102, Odegaard Undergrad Library, Seattle Campus
RSVP suggested. Questions? gabyd@uw.edu

RSVP for November 7: http://bit.ly/2R7zaFg

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Events: iSchool Graduate Programs Online Information Session – Veteran’s Resources, 11/7/18

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Are you a Veteran, or eligible for Veterans’ benefits to cover graduate education? Interested in learning how a graduate degree in information science can help you achieve your professional and personal goals?

Attend an online information session especially for Veterans and those eligible for Veteran’s education benefits, who are interested in the iSchool’s Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) and Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) programs. Learn about building a career in data science, information architecture, librarianship, information security, UX, IT consulting, information management or the information sciences!

Session Information:
November 7, 2018, 3-4pm PT
Online (via Zoom)

Click here for more information and a link to the online session

Click here to RSVP for the session

Ready to find out more about iSchool Graduate Programs? Join our email list to get notifications about iSchool Graduate Program Information Sessions and other recruiting events. You can also check our recruiting calendar for a full list of events happening soon.

Career Newsletter, 10/29/18

EXPLORING CAREERS

The start of the year is a great time to explore future pathways. Your academic and professional endeavors at the iSchool can help prepare you for a variety of next steps. Below are some tips to help you find out what you’d like to do after graduation.

START WITH REFLECTION

Understanding yourself and your interests can help you pinpoint the type of career in which you’ll thrive.

Start by thinking about what you enjoy, what you do well, and what you find meaningful. Then, try to brainstorm some jobs that hit on all three of these criteria.

The UW Career & Internship Center’s Career Guide provides some helpful exercise to explore your strengths and connecting those to careers (pg. 6 – 11).

MICRO-TEST OPTIONS

Micro-testing pathways allows you to learn more about your interest in various jobs without committing to anything permanently. Some ways to micro-test:

  • Set up informational interviews. These reverse the roles of traditional interviews, allowing interested candidates to ask current employees about their organization and/or specific positions. Informational interviews can equip you with information you may not be able to find via public resources, giving you a level of depth and confidence in your career search. To learn more about informational interviews, consider joining us for the Mingling for Introverts workshop, or read our tips from a past newsletter.
  • Doing freelance work gives you real experience without the pressure to take on a long-term obligation. Common freelancing projects include writing, programming, web design, and Excel. Upwork is a frequently used site connecting freelancers to customers.

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