Career Newsletter, 10/20/2016

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Finding Your Path: 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 number of next steps. Here are some tips to help you find out what you’d like to do after graduation.

Self-reflection. Understanding yourself and your passions can help you pinpoint the type of career in which you’ll thrive. Think 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 good advice exploring your strengths (pg. 11-13), while WikiHow offers solid insight into finding your passion.

Micro-test careers. Micro-testing pathways allows you to learn more about your interest in various options without committing to anything permanently. Some ways to get that done:

  • Conduct informational interviews. These reverse the roles of traditional interviews, allowing interested candidates to ask current employees about their company and/or specific positions. They can be particularly helpful if done with a friend or other close connection — anyone of whom you can ask honest questions, such as difficulties of the job/company, potential for burnout, etc. Check out a past newsletter on the topic.
  • Job shadow. Job-shadowing takes things a step further, providing you a chance to observe a current professional during their work day. Asking to shadow someone can be done within the context of an informational interview or as a standalone request. Depending on what you set up, job-shadowing can last anywhere from a few hours to a week-plus.
  • Freelance. Doing freelance work gives you real experience, but usually won’t force you to take on a long-term obligation. Common freelancing projects include writing, programming, web design, Excel, and more. Upwork is a frequently used site connecting freelancers and customers.

Attend iSchool events. Find upcoming career events on the main iSchool website or iCareers (Events à Workshops). We host a variety of employers throughout the year, all of whom are happy to talk with students about their industry, company culture, and specific internship and job opportunities. Many iSchool student groups will also hold their own events.

Connect with alumni. Checking on the progress of past iSchool students can provide some ideas on where you might go. Watch this tutorial on using the “Find Alumni” tool on LinkedIn (if a box pops up asking you to “enter your credentials,” press “Cancel”).

Common careers for our alumni include:

Archivist/special collections librarian; consultant (advisory, management, technology); database administrator; database developer; information architect/taxonomist; information assurance/risk analyst; librarian (academic, digital, law, public, research, special, youth); product/project manager; systems analyst; UX designer; UX researcher; web developer

Additional information on many of these positions can be found here and here.

Our students certainly aren’t limited to these options, however. We’ve had alumni go on to work in public policy, education, healthcare, and the nonprofit sector. Some have even started their own companies. Check out HuskyJobs for opportunities that aren’t necessarily traditional choices for iSchool students.

Upcoming events


(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)

10/20: Resume Café; 1:00 – 3:00pm, Suzzallo Café

Join Dean and Alycia for a quick drop-in appointment to help polish your resume. Appointments will be 15 minutes or less.

10/25: ExtraHop Networks Lunch and Learn; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 258

Representatives from ExtraHop Networks will be on hand to talk about their company, open positions, and what it’s like to work for the organization.

10/27: Resume Café; 1:00 – 3:00pm, Suzzallo Café

Join Dean and Alycia for a quick drop-in appointment to help polish your resume. Appointments will be 15 minutes or less.

10/28: Amazon Catalyst Information Session; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 231

Amazon Catalyst is a collaboration between Amazon and the UW to help current UW students, faculty, and staff fund their big ideas. The program is open to all three UW campuses, proposals can be submitted across all disciplines, and grants awarded can be up to $100,000.

Career & Internship Center

10/20: Job Search for International Students; 3:30 – 4:20pm, MGH 134

10/24: Exploring Your Strengths Lab; 3:00 – 4:20pm, MGH 134

10/25: UW Graduate School Fair; 10:00am – 2:00pm, Intellectual House

10/26: Amazon presents: Stand Out as an Applicant at a Fortune 500 Company; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 134

10/27: Government Career Fair; 2:00 – 5:00pm, MGH Commons


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:

  • Data Insights Manager, Adobe; iCareers ID 5319
  • Network Engineer (Full-Time and Co-Op), Cisco Systems; iCareers IDs 5339 & 5340
  • 2017 Oregon Summer Fellowship and Hatfield Residency programs, Portland State University; iCareers ID 5331
  • Internship opportunities in Development (engineering), Microsoft; HuskyJobs ID 108481
  • HRPM PEO Student Assistant, UW Information Technology; iCareers ID 5330

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