Career (and Life) Reading
This week, we’ve compiled reading material that covers both topics that are explicitly career-related and those just generally relevant to recent and soon-to-be grads. The first part features a book recommendation from each Career Services member, followed by a list of online outlets putting out useful content.
Career Services’ favorite books
Dean’s choice: First Job First Paycheck: how to get the most out of both…without help from your parents by Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman is the Founder and CEO of his own holding company, and sits on the Board of Advisors for the Foster School’s Professional Sales Program. His book focuses on personal finances and navigating the professional landscape, with an eye toward recent graduates.
“First Job First Paycheck is a good read for young professionals that covers everything form getting your first job or internship, to managing money and making smart financial decisions. The first sections of the book cover general information on job searching, networking, and setting goals, which is most applicable to current juniors, seniors, and first-year master’s students. I found the most value in section three, which gives practical examples on money management. Author Jeff Lehman discusses the importance of your FICO score and building credit, saving for retirement via 401(k) and Roth IRAs (and other options), and gives example budgets and suggestions on how to create them. He also makes practical suggestions on how to protect your assets, such as using renters insurance, which can be as cheap as $10/month but protect you from the cost of replacing your personal property due to theft, fire, vandalism, or flooding. While one of the chapters in the section (“20 ways real life can impact your financial life”) covers some obvious decisions to avoid, such as drinking or texting while driving, Lehman also brings light to common financial mishaps people make when they are shopping for engagement rings, homes and mortgages, and having kids.”
Alycia’s choice: Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Bill Burnett is the Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford, where he works alongside Dave Evans, an Adjunct Lecturer in the Product Design Program (Evans is also the co-founder of video game company Electronic Arts). Their books is about applying the principles of design thinking to all aspects of life.
“Written by the founders of Stanford’s Life Design Lab, Designing Your Life is not just a book about finding your career, but also one that helps you think about building a happy and fulfilling life. This book focuses on using design thinking techniques to explore your passions and strengths, and ultimately helps you iterate and prototype different aspects of your life. This book is quick read and provides a bunch of easy exercises you can do to start thinking about how to shape your career and life goals.”
Cameron’s choice: What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World by Tina Seelig
Tina Seelig is a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and a professor in the school’s Department of Management Science and Engineering. Her book is geared toward guiding students through major life transitions — namely, “leaving the protected environment of school or starting a new career.”
“Given Seelig’s background and her opening anecdote (she talks about an assignment she gave students in which they’re given five dollars and two hours, and tasked with making as much money as possible), her book is ostensibly geared toward business and tech-minded people. Still, even as someone whose background and career aspirations aren’t in either field, I found the book insightful. The crux of the book is seeing problems not as obstacles, but opportunities. It’s a universally applicable mindset, integral to the success of a startup that turns an antiquated technology into a lucrative app, or just someone who uses a troublesome coworker as motivation to develop better communication skills. I’ve also found the principle helpful with general stress-reduction. There are a lot of unexpected challenges that come with graduating (sorry), but seeing those as opportunities to further develop your skills/self/whatever can stave off some real anxiety.”
Harvard Business Review
In many ways a gold standard of career-centric literature, the Harvard Business Review casts a wide net in what it endeavors to cover. There’s practical workplace advice, essays on the intersection of business and politics, and even original research. Readers get four free articles per month, after which you’ll need to subscribe (or open an incognito window).
Recommended article: “Become a Better Listener by Taking Notes”
More of an “adulting” website than something strictly work-focused, Lifehacker is a catch-all for basic life advice (including, still, job-related pieces). The articles tend to more surface-level in their exploration of the topic at hand, but can be good launching pads for further research. You’ll find everything from generic post-graduation guidance to instructions on avoiding scam puppy dealers.
Recommended article: “The Many Different Types of Investments, and How They Work”
Neither career nor life advice-minded, Recode is just a really good site for tech news and analysis. And as we’ve talked about in past newsletters, having a depth of industry knowledge can be helpful both during the interview stage and later on when you’re seeking a promotion. Recode is as good a place as any to stay up to date.
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5/18: Adulting 101; 12:30 – 1:30pm, MGH 258
Guest speaker Almeera Anwar, coordinator at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s HR Global Operations team, will discuss a variety of HR and finance-related subjects. Topics include interviewing and negotiating an offer, employment contracts, compensation plans and investing, health benefits, performance reviews, and showing up for your first day on the job.
UW Career & Internship Center
5/18: Amazon Go Lunch & Learn; 12:30 – 1:30pm, EEB 303
5/20, 21: Expedition: Hackathon; 9:00am (Saturday) – 5:00pm (Sunday), Impact Hub Seattle
Registration required (link above).
5/22: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134
RSVP required (link above). The NGA is not able to hire international students
5/23: Home Country Job Search for International Students; 3:30 – 4:00pm, MGH 134
5/25: Getting Started: Planning Your Summer; 1:30 – 2:00pm, MGH 134
5/24: #LifeAtATT: Women’s Technology Panel; 10:00 – 11:00am, Online
More than 18,000 women work in STEM jobs at AT&T. Hear more about their experience, what they do, and interact with recent Technical Development Program college hires in a live broadcast. RSVP required (link above).
Top job/internship opportunities:
- Hourly Student Assistant (DataLab), UW Information School; iCareers ID 6168
- Research Commons Citation Tools Specialist, UW Libraries; iCareers ID 6169
- Research Commons Events and Communications Specialist, UW Libraries; iCareers ID 6170
- Software Internship, Aerovel Corporation; HuskyJobs ID 115096
- Camp Read-a-Rama Staff 2017, Camp Read-a-Rama; iCareers ID 6163
- IT Support Technician, Parker, Smith & Feek; HuskyJobs ID 115115
- Junior Data Scientist, Allstate Insurance Company; HuskyJobs ID 115097
- Head, Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services, UW Libraries; iCareers ID 6173