- The iSchool Employer Connections Fair is this week! Review the blog postings here for tips on preparing your elevator pitch, writing a good resume, and how to network effectively! Attend the Career Fair Success workshop at the Career Center on Monday the 28th too (info below). See you at the fair on Jan 30th from 1:30 – 4:30 pm in the HUB!
- There are always great networking events going on, check them out! Like this one, Geekwire Meetup with Tableau Software CEO Christian Chabot on February 13th.
Get yourself an Internship!
It’s all about internships. They’re great for getting experience, they’re great for networking, and they oftentimes lead to full-time job offers! Get yourself one today, these tips can help!
1. You don’t need as much experience as you think. It’s supposed to be a learning experience, so put your basic knowledge of java or the name of that cataloging class on your resume as proof that you know something related to the field you’re applying for, and apply! You don’t need to match all of the qualifications in a description, you just need to have enough of what they’re looking for to offer some value. That might be a basic level of knowledge in web design or some programming skills you picked up on the side or a year of shelving books in your local elementary school library. Just apply!
2. Conduct informational interviews to find opportunities. Lots of internships aren’t listed! So if you want one, you have to tell people what you can do and see if they have room for you in their organization. Reach out to your network or your dream employer (start with folks you know, professors, friends, family, someone who led an information session at the iSchool), and ask for 30 minutes of their time for some career advice, and communicate what kind of internship you’re going for.
3. Save your questions about whether they sponsor employment visas. If you are an international student, first, develop a rapport with the company and the professional there. Decide if it’s a good fit and the kind of work that you want to be doing, and have a good conversation through an informational interview or at a networking event. If your only criteria for being interested in a company is that they have been known to sponsor visas, you’re going to make a poor impression. Many companies will be willing to work out details of employment for international students later, but ONLY AFTER they have decided that they like you and that you can offer something to the company. Prove yourself first through discussing your skills and experience and enthusiasm for the company and its opportunities.
4. Are you in it for the money? There has been a lot of legal action lately around unpaid internships at for-profit companies, so the norm is that if you are working in a for-profit company, you should be getting paid for your internship work. For nonprofits and government positions, unpaid internships are more the norm, as public and nonprofit budgets are often much tighter, though you should be getting college credit for these. If you have questions about this, don’t hesitate to bring them up with me!
Career Events This Week
Mon., January 28 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Mon., January 28 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Mon., January 28 | 3:30 – 5 pm
Mon., January 28 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Tue., January 29 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm – MGH 420
iSchool Recruiter Panel
Tue., January 29 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm – MGH 420
Employer Information Session: Geico
Tue., January 29 | 12 – 5 pm
Tue., January 29 | 6 – 7:30 pm
Wed., January 30 | 1:30 – 4:30 pm – HUB Lyceum
iSchool Employer Connections Fair
Wed., January 30 | 4 – 5:30 pm
Wed., January 30 | 5:15 – 7:15 pm
Wed., January 30 | 5:30 – 7 pm
Thu., January 31 | 3 – 4 pm
Fri., February 1 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Mon., February 4 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Mon., February 4 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Highlighted Professional Jobs
The Bush School
Kent State University
Seattle Childrens Hospital
Highlighted Student Jobs
US Department of Labor