Career Newsletter, 12/8/2016

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Create Goals for the New Year

As you close out a busy and fruitful Fall Quarter, it’s a great time to think about your recent achievements and possible areas for growth in the coming year.

What were you most proud of accomplishing in 2016? Did you get an A in a particularly difficult course, or land a job aligned with your career goals? On the other hand, what parts of the year saw you struggle? Could you afford to better anticipate deadlines, or develop your concentration skills?

Think about what aided your success and be honest in acknowledging what held you back. Reflecting on these sorts of questions will help you develop concrete, pertinent goals for 2017.

For my part, I’ve compiled a list of serious and not-so-serious things you can do to start next year with momentum.

  1. Try something new. Eat a food you’ve previously been hesitant to try. Learn a language (spoken or coded). Sign up for an intramural team or volunteer for a cause about which you care. New experiences can help your days feel longer and more fulfilling.
  2. Grow a plant. Greenery can make any space feel more open and relaxing. Foliage = focus.
  3. Sleep a lot. Winter break is an ideal time to replace Odegaard all-nighters with full nights of rest. Aim for around eight hours each night, and do your best to maintain a similar schedule throughout next quarter.
  4. Watch the sunrise. Similar to the idea of growing a plant, taking in natural scenery has numerous cognitive benefits. And few things can match the scenic beauty of a Seattle sunrise.
  5. Sing in the shower. Let out some stress and flex your artistic muscles. Dean recommends “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” for this.
  6. Give thanks. Take a minute or two each day for a meditation on gratitude. People who focus on gratefulness report higher levels of determination and energy, and lower levels of stress.
  7. Finish assignments early. Start projects well ahead of their due dates and tackle them in increments. Avoiding procrastination will help you maintain a consistent sleep schedule and free up time for other activities.
  8. Throw a dance party. Put down your textbooks and notepads and get those iPhone speakers working for a few minutes.
  9. Stop and smell the roses. Smelling flowers has real mental health benefits! Watch for UW’s cherry blossoms to be in full bloom sometime near the end of February.
  10. Meet new people. As a career advisor, I have to plug networking. Determine to meet one new person in your field each week — whether a classmate, faculty member, or professional contact — and watch your network grow.

The Career Services team wish everyone a safe and restful winter break. We’ll return with our next newsletter on Jan. 5. If you have any pressing career-related questions before next quarter, please feel free to email me ( or Dean (, or visit us for an advising appointment.

Upcoming events


The following is a sample of events planned for January. Those that aren’t yet listed on iCareers and the main iSchool website will be soon.

1/4: Voyager Capital Hangout; 10:00 – 11:00am, MGH 224

1/9: West Monroe Partners presents: “What is Consulting?”; 12:30 – 2:30pm, HUB 214

1/10: Google Information Session; 12:30 – 1:30pm, HUB 250

1/11: Case Interview Workshop with West Monroe Partners; 12:30 – 1:30pm, HUB 214 & 337

1/12: Liberty Mutual iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416 (iLounge)

1/31: iSchool Career Fair; 12:30 – 4:30pm, HUB North & South Ballrooms

Career & Internship Center

12/8: Networking Lab for International Students; 3:30 – 4:20pm, MGH 134

1/17: T-Mobile InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134

1/18: All Majors – Careers in Healthcare; 4:30 – 6:00pm, HUB 250

1/24: Yahoo! Inc. InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134


1/19: 2017 Science and Technology Showcase; 5:00 – 7:00pm, Anthony’s Forum (Dempsey Hall)

Are you working on a technology that has potential for commercialization? Participating in STS allows you to further explore the commercialization potential of your science- and technology-based ideas by presenting them to an audience of fellow scientists and engineers, MBA students, and a panel of judges that includes prominent entrepreneurs and investors form the Seattle business community. Apply by Friday, Dec. 16, using the above link.

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

Top job/internship opportunities:

  • Technology Entry-Level and Internship Programs, Liberty Mutual; iCareers IDs 5123 & 5124
  • Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) – Information Technology, Geico; iCareers ID 900
  • IT Internship, Premera Blue Cross; iCareers ID 5556
  • UX Design Intern, AT&T; iCareers ID 5561
  • Instructional Design Librarian, Notre Dame de Namur University; iCareers ID 5565
  • Assistant Archivist (LSSII), Cal Poly Pomona; iCareers ID 5542

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