Summer Career Activities
The end of the year is just around the corner! Career Services would like to extend our congratulations to those of you graduating. As you begin your career (or take the next step), we encourage you to stay in touch. We’re able to meet with alumni for advising appointments up to one quarter after their graduation (through August for those graduating this quarter), while the UW Career & Internship Center takes alumni appointments up to two years after graduation.
Once you’ve settled in at your new organization, please also feel free to reach out about hosting a recruitment event at the iSchool. As you probably know from your time here, Information Sessions and iLounge Hangouts that feature iSchool alumni are particularly helpful to our current students, and they can help Career Services in strengthening our relationships with industry partners.
Last, don’t forget to let us know what’s next in store. The Graduate Outcomes Survey is due June 2. You can fill it out here.
For those of you returning in the fall, we’ve outlined some things below that you can start doing this summer to help ensure that once you do graduate, you step into a career you find engaging and fulfilling.
Determine your values
Finding a company at which you’re inspired to grow is difficult if you don’t know what you hold personally valuable. Is your main career goal maximizing income? Or is more important that you find a company focused on social good. Determining the answer to questions like these is immensely important in the job search — if you are someone who prioritizes social good, you can imagine the angst you might feel at a company that ignored such concerns in the name of increased profits.
Read more on this and other topics related to career-fits here.
Decide what interests you
Think about what courses have most interested you and try finding careers that would allow you to maintain a similar area of focus. Or, if you’re working an internship this summer, track what you do, reflect on the duties you do and don’t like, and refocus future job searches accordingly. Also consider how you spend your time outside of class and work, and research ways you might turn those hobbies and extracurricular interests into a full-time job.
Honing in on interests that might lend themselves to viable careers will inevitably take some trial and error, but it’s by no means an impossible task.
Research salary information
If you’re able to successfully brainstorm some potential career paths, you can take the next step of researching salary figures for the jobs and/or companies you’ve tabbed. Glassdoor, Salary.com, PayScale, and CareerOneStop are all excellent resources. Alycia and Dean can also provide numbers on what former iSchool students are now making. Having an idea of the average pay for your targeted careers will help you further determine if they are jobs you’d like to pursue, and be of use when it comes to negotiating an offer.
Build your skills
Summer is an excellent time to further develop skills you’ve started building in class. Codecademy, Coursera, and Udacity are some recommended massive open online courses where you can work on your coding.
Find out more about what each site offers here.
Meet with a Career Services Advisor
As mentioned above, Alycia and Dean are available to meet with you all summer. Go to iCareers to set up an in-person appointment, or something online or over the phone for those of you who won’t be in Seattle. Bring questions about narrowing down your career search, succeeding in your new job or internship, preparing for fall recruiting, or any other questions you need answered.
This will be our last Career Services Newsletter for the school year. Thank you for reading, enjoy your summer, and we’ll see you back for Autumn Quarter!
(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
6/1: Becoming Your Own Boss; 12:30 – 1:30pm, OUGL 220
Former iSchool student Danny Dover will be on campus to discuss how today’s students can use the unprecedented leverage of technology to live unprecedented lives. Danny recently completed a “life list” he started in 2010 that included goals such as becoming a published author, running a marathon, and living in the wilderness for a month. Read more about Danny here. If you’re interested in watching a live stream of the event, please indicate so by filling out this survey.
UW Career & Internship Center
5/30: Getting Started: Planning Your Summer; 1:30 – 2:00pm, MGH 134
5/31: Getting Started: Interviews; 3:30 – 4:00pm, MGH 134
6/1: Getting Started: Job Search; 3:30 – 4:00pm, MGH 134
6/2: Getting Started: Resumes; 2:30 – 3:00pm, MGH 134
Top job/internship opportunities:
- Data Analyst and/or Report Developer Internship, Starbucks; iCareers ID 6198
- Youth Services DFW, Seattle Public Library – Central Library; iCareers ID 6179
- Program Manager, UW Tech Policy Lab; iCareers ID 6194
- Program Manager, Customer Experience Strategy, Amazon; iCareers ID 6204
- Software Developer, The D.E. Shaw Group; HuskyJobs ID 115469
- Temporary Assistant Librarian, Seattle University; iCareers ID 6189
- Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Victoria Libraries; iCareers ID 6188