iSchool Career Center Newsletter 10/16/14

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Don’t know what you want to do?

At this point in the academic year, there are lots of you who are still unsure of what you want to do professionally moving forward. You might have several ideas, or maybe you’re still not even sure you picked the right program for you! It’s hard to market yourself, come up with a great elevator pitch, and network with employers when you don’t have a specific sense yet of what you want, so how do you handle this situation?

  1. Pick a few. If you’re feeling open to everything under the sun, pick 2 – 3 possible career paths to pursue for the next couple of months. You can always change your mind later, but start with 2-3 of the most interesting options to you today. For example, you might choose, UX, web development, and mobile app development for now, knowing that while you also have interests in project management, database design, and consulting, you can always follow up more on those options later. If you’re an MLIS student, you might start with academic libraries, and youth librarianship for example, and even if you’re also interested in taxonomy, metadata, or special collections, you can follow up on these options later on. Start with the 2-3 options that sound MOST intriguing to you right now, and if you’re struggling, ask yourself, why did you choose to study this subject? See if that helps you identify some areas to start.
  2. Talk to people. One of the best ways to get information about what your career options are (until you have experience) is to talk to professionals who are working in the fields you’re considering. So take those few career ideas you decided to start with and look for professionals who are currently working in those areas. You can start with professors, or family friends, or fellow students who have already had internships in that area. Use LinkedIn for more ideas, and use people you know better to connect with people you might not know as well or don’t know at all. Ask for a coffee meeting or to meet them at their office for 30 minutes because you’re exploring career options and would like to hear more about the field they’re in.
  3. Try things out. Apply for an internship that sounds interesting, volunteer to support a professor on research, take on a side project, or ask the people you network with for an opportunity to develop an internship with them. Once you get a little bit of experience, that can quickly help you narrow down your areas of interest and clue you into what might be a good professional fit for you.
  4. Iterate. Start with something, so that you can get more information on what might be a good fit for you, and then prepare to change your mind or go in a different direction! It’s ok to change jobs, change fields, or change industries, this is incredibly common, and sometimes even necessary to keep yourself engaged and building into a strong professional over time. The decision you make now will not pin you into a lifetime in that career, there are always options to change direction!

So start somewhere, talk to people, try things out, and then iterate, and you’ll develop a great sense of where you best fit.


  • ResumeFest! 10/16, MGH Career Center (Commons), 10:00-3:00 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Career Fair Success, 10/16, MGH Career Center (Commons), 3:30-4:00 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Careers in the Tech Industry for Non-Tech Students, HUB 214, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Boeing Employer Information Session, 10/16, HUB 250, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Resume Lab, 10/17, MGH 134, 1:30-2:30 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Deloitte Employer Information Session, 10/17, Foege N130, 4:30-5:30 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Science and Engineering Career Fair, 10/20, HUB, 12:00-5:00 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Vertafore Employer Information Session, 10/20, PCAR 393, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Golder Employer Information Session, 10/20, MGH 430, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Hewlett-Packard Employer Information Session, 10/20, MGH Lobby, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Google Employer Information Session, 10/20, Dempsey Hall, 6:00-7:30 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Hitachi Employer Information Session, 10/21, MGH 389, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: more info HERE
  • LinkedIn Basics, 10/21, MGH 134, 4:00-4:30 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Cisco Systems Employer Information Session, 10/21, EE1 303, 6:00-7:30 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Twitter Employer Information Session, 10/22, HUB 332, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Employer-Led Workshop: Interview Tips (presented by Google), 10/22, MGH 134, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Accenture Employer Information Session, 10/22, Dempsey 102, 5:30-7:00 p.m.: more info HERE
  • Macy’s Employer Information Session, 10/22, MGH 134, 6:00-7:00 p.m.: more info HERE


  • UW Entrepreneur Week, 10/13-10/18: more info HERE
  • DubHacks Hackathon, 10/17-10/18: more info HERE
  • Data Modeling Zone (DMZ), 10/20, Sentinel Hotel: more info HERE
  • Universal Data Vault Patterns, 10/23-24, Sheraton Bellevue: more info HERE


  • Web Developer, TripTips: apply via iCareers, ID 1609
  • College Intern, AV Planning, Business Intelligence, Port of Seattle: apply via iCareers, ID 1859
  • Software Engineer Intern, Ensavvi: apply via iCareers, ID 1861
  • Technical Internship, Booz Allen Hamilton: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83954
  • Walt Disney New Technology Group Internship: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83908
  • Mac Systems Lead, UW IT: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83838
  • GIS Intern, City of Seattle Fire Department: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83787
  • Interactive Web Developer, UW Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Office: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83766
  • Digital Media and E-Learning Support Technician, UW I-TECH: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83554
  • Nordstrom Technology Internship: apply HERE


  • Information Technology Support Specialist, West Bloomfield Twp. Library: apply HERE
  • Information Systems Analyst, Another Source (TPES): apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83898
  • Software Engineer, MAQ Software: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83958
  • Digital Content Producer, KXLY Broadcast Group: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83938
  • BI Data Analyst (SQL & SSRS Expert), Apex Learning: apply via HuskyJobs, ID 83935
  • North Carolina State Libraries Fellows, 2015-2017: apply HERE
  • Digital Library Web Developer, Amherst College: apply HERE
  • Adult Services Coordinator, Salt Lake City Public Library: apply HERE
  • Head of Collection Services, West Des Moines Public Library: apply HERE
  • Health Sciences and Human Services Librarian, California State University-San Marcos: apply HERE
  • Information Technology Manager, Library System of Lancaster County: apply HERE
  • Senior Library Specialist: Serials Cataloging Specialist: apply HERE
  • Electronic Resources Librarian, Trinity International University: apply HERE
  • Account Manager, Artstor Digital Library: apply by sending your cover letter, resume, & salary requirements HERE
  • Software Developer, Northwestern University Library (job IDs: 23978, 24006, or 24165): apply HERE
  • Director of Visualization Services, North Carolina State University: apply HERE
  • Information Research Specialist (Foreign Affairs, International Economics & Defense), Library of Congress: apply HERE
  • Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Notre Dame: apply HERE
  • Research Librarian, CNN Library: apply HERE
  • Senior Site Reliability Engineer, Avalara: apply HERE
  • Software Development Engineer II (website platform), Amazon: apply HERE
  • MTS Developer, Nutanix: apply HERE
  • Operations Engineer, Simply Measured: apply HERE
  • Knowledge Manager, The Forest Trust: apply HERE
  • Global Knowledge Management Leader, Amazon: apply HERE
  • Director of Competitive Intelligence, Perkins Coie: apply HERE

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