iSchool Career Newsletter, 10/6/2016

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What’s the Deal with Fall Quarter Hiring?

Not sure how to start utilizing your degree this early in the year? Overwhelmed by the number of career activities on campus? As advisors, we understand fall can be a bit hectic. Below, we’ve put together some recommendations for those of you who aren’t sure where to start when it comes to searching for jobs and internships.

Recruitment timelines and planning

It’s important to create a plan as early as possible. In addition to attending our workshops, where you can get resume advice, meet employers, and start thinking about next steps, there are a number of online resources available to iSchool students. This document has information on consulting and tech-related recruitment, including example organizations and positions within those fields, and upcoming events. Students interested in working in a library should check out the MLIS Canvas page on career and professional preparation. This page, on researching possible careers, could be of particular help.

Bottom line: determine some specific opportunities you’d be interested in pursuing, find out when you’ll need to apply, and develop a plan of action accordingly.

Attending events

Career events can be especially helpful to students who don’t yet know what, exactly, they’d like to pursue. Attending one gives you a chance to learn more about potential industries and opportunities, after which you can narrow your range of interests. Our Career Services team, along with the UW Career & Internship Center, host frequent employer and professional development-focused events. You can find iSchool events both on iCareers (“Events” tab à “Workshops”) and on the iSchool events page. Career & Internship Center events can be found in HuskyJobs under “Information Sessions,” and on their student calendar.

Getting involved

No matter the field or specific organization, employers want students with holistic experiences. Find ways to make yourself stand out in addition to a strong academic record. Volunteering, joining a group on campus, or working a part-time job can demonstrate that you’re service-minded, passionate, and able to handle a heavy workload.

If you think you might pursue a career that requires technical skills beyond those taught in class, check out these free IT training courses offered by UW, or consider taking online classes through Coursera or Codecademy (also free). And put these on your resume!

Qualifications for jobs, internships, and directed fieldwork

Apply for opportunities even if you feel you only meet a fraction of a job description’s listed qualifications. The only thing you guarantee by not applying is not getting an interview. Even if you interview and don’t get the position, you gain valuable experience and develop a better sense of what employers seek in candidates.

Last, while we certainly recommend exploring professional opportunities in the fall, surveys have shown us that most students secure internships or full-time offers in March. Now is a great time to start the process of searching for jobs, internships, and directed fieldwork, but rest assured there will be more to come!

Upcoming events

iSchool

(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool events you plan to attend.)

10/6: Jump-Starting Your Job Search; 12:30 – 1:30pm, BLD 070

Get help on starting your search for internships, directed field work, and full-time jobs.

10/10: Boeing Information Session – IT Intern Program; 12:30 – 1:30pm, OUGL 220

Hear about Boeing’s IT Intern Program from company representatives. Unable to hire international students.

10/11: West Monroe Partners iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416 (iLounge)

Chat informally with consultants from West Monroe Partners’ Security & Infrastructure practiceUnable to hire international students.

10/11: Technical Interview Workshop; 6:15 – 8:00pm, OUGL 220

Practice answering interview questions that evaluate how you approach real-world problems and the breadth of your technical knowledge. RSVP required.

10/12: Case Interview Workshop; 12:30 – 1:30pm, BLD 070

Get practice with case interviews, where applicants are given a specific problem or challenge they might encounter on the job, the asked to resolve the situation.

Career & Internship Center

10/7: Getting Started – LinkedIn; 1:30 – 2:00pm, MGH 134

10/10: Resume Lab for International Students; 1:30 – 2:20pm, MGH 134

10/13: Deloitte Consulting InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134

Other

10/7: Inside the Boardroom; 11:30am – 3:30pm, EEB 105

Register in advance.

10/13: Avanade Networking Night; 5:00 – 8:00pm, Cedars Restaurant

Informatics students only. Register in advance.

10/20: BlinkThink – Gallery and Speaker Series; 5:30 – 8:00pm, Blink UX

Register in advance.

For additional events, visit the iSchool and Career Center websites.

Top job/internship opportunities:

  • Technology Internship, Nordstrom; iCareers ID 5252
  • Communications and Website Assistant, Urban@UW; iCareers ID 5243
  • Interaction Design Intern, Honeywell; HuskyJobs ID 107909
  • Archivist – LGBT Community Center National History Archive, The Center; iCareers ID 5251
  • Research and Analysis Graduate Intern, City of Seattle; iCareers ID 5260

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