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

Notice: Distinguished Teaching Awards Call for Nominations


We are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Awards.  We hope to generate a robust pool of nominations, one that reflects the richness and diversity of teaching at the UW.  We are especially interested in seeing more nominations of faculty members who are women, who are from underrepresented groups, and/or have disabilities.  Please consider nominating one of your stellar faculty or graduate student colleagues. Continue reading

Events: Applications open for 2018 Science and Technology Showcase


Applications are now OPEN for the 2018 Science and Technology Showcase (STS) hosted by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship and the Science and Engineering Business Association. Both undergraduate and graduate students with science or technology-based ideas that have commercial potential are invited to participate.

Students will deliver their pitch to a panel of judges that includes prominent entrepreneurs from the Seattle business community. Cash prizes will be available in a wide variety of categories. Previous STS winners have gone on to successfully launch start-up companies.

  • Apply hereby December 18, 2017. More information can be found at
  • Showcase: January 18, 2018 in Anthony’s Forum (Paccar Hall)
  • Questions? Contact Renae Cruz at

Career Newsletter, 11/9/2017

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Avoiding Job-Search Burnout

Seattle’s weather has quickly descended into a wintery rhythm of wind and rain. On top of that, daylight savings time left us with days that end at 4:30pm. It’s not abnormal to be a bit dreary right now.

Nor is it out of the question that these seasonal changes might be affecting your interest in the long slog of the job search. For this week’s newsletter, we’re borrowing from a blog post that career services advisor Alycia McKenzie wrote last fall on avoiding burnout when looking for jobs and internships.

Read what she had to say below:

Fall quarter is the busiest in terms of career events and job searching. Combined with the standard demands of school and a social life, this has the ability to burn students out. Today’s newsletter features a few strategies you can employ to avoid getting discouraged while looking for a job or internships.

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, commit to 20 minutes of researching jobs and companies during the first week of your plan. The next week, plan on 20 minutes of resume work each day, and so on. Keeping your goals manageable will give you a steady stream of momentum. Continue reading

Notice: Alternative Spring Break programs for the Environment and Science

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It’s time to apply for Alternative Spring Break (ASB) – a chance for UW students to contribute to and learn from rural and tribal communities around Washington, have a cross-cultural, immersive exchange, and team-teach and mentor in K-12 settings!

By building relationships and providing dynamic curriculum, Science ASB programs cultivate an interest in science, the self-esteem, and the leadership of the K-12 youth we work with.

UW students will find they have much to offer the program, and that they also gain a lot from the experience in return!

For more details:

Second Priority Deadline for Applications is 11:59pm on Wednesday November 15th

Career Newsletter, 11/2/2017

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Job Negotiations: Asking for Time

The excitement of a job or internship offer can be a relief. After dozens of resumes and rounds of interviews, there’s finally an end in sight.

But what if you’re still waiting to hear back from another employer?


Let’s play out a hypothetical situation. You get a job/internship offer from Company ABC, and they’ve asked you to make a decision within a week. However, you’d rather work at XYZ, where you’re still in the process of interviewing.


If you’re hesitant to let ABC know you’re pursuing other opportunities, you can refer them to the iSchool’s recruitment policy, which stipulates how long employers should give students to respond to offers. Since many employers aren’t aware of the policy, passing it along would be a tactful way of letting them know you need more time to make a decision. Continue reading