What’s the Deal with Fall Recruiting?
Gaining traction on the job search during fall quarter can be difficult. On top of easing back into the class and homework routine, you’re trying to figure out how to market your degree and experience to employers, and deciding what sort of career you’d like to pursue.
Below are some recommendations on where to start when seeking out job and internship opportunities.
Recruitment timelines and planning
The earlier you’re able to create a job-search plan, the better. In addition to attending 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 outlines a general timeline of the consulting and tech-related recruiting cycles, example organizations and job titles within those fields, and relevant career events on campus. Note that most applications for the Big Four consulting firms are due today, October 5, by 11:59pm.
The best thing you can do at this point in the year is determine some specific opportunities you’d be interested in pursuing. Then, find out when you’ll need to apply and develop a plan of action accordingly.
Attending career events
Career events can be particularly helpful to students who aren’t yet sure what, exactly, they’d like to do. Attending one gives you a chance to learn more about potential industries and opportunities, after which you can narrow your range of interests and refocus your job-searching efforts. Our Career Services team, along with the UW Career & Internship Center, host frequent employer and professional development events. You can find iSchool events both on iCareers and the main iSchool website.
No matter the field or specific organization, employers seeks students with holistic experience. 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. For volunteer opportunities, check out UW’s Carlson Center, Pipeline Project, or Jumpstart.
If you’re considering a technical career that might require skills beyond those taught in class, check out these free IT training courses offered by UW. Also consider taking online classes through Coursera or Codecademy. Both sites offer a wide range of free courses, with the option to pay a fee for additional features/certifications. Be sure to mention these on your resume.
Qualifications for jobs and internships
Apply for positions even if you feel you currently only meet a fraction of the 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, our internal surveys have shown that most students secure offers in the spring. Now is a great time to start the process, but rest assured that jobs and internships will continue to pop up throughout the year.
(Please RSVP via iCareers for any event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
10/5: Navigating a Career Fair; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 224
Learn how to make the most of Autumn Quarter career fairs. Alycia will share advice on researching companies in advance, communicating effectively with employers, and making yourself stand out.
10/11: Technical Interview Workshop; 3:00 – 4:30pm, OUGL 220
Led by local software developer Vivek Kirubanandan, this workshop will provide students with a chance to practice answering questions asked in technical interviews. There will be a focus on coding/algorithm-style questions used in the recruitment of software engineering positions. RSVP required.
10/12: Directed Fieldwork Information Event; 6:00 – 7:00pm, BLD 070
Join MLIS Advisor Joe Eckert to learn about DFW policies and best practices, and ask questions during a Q&A session. RSVP here.
UW Career & Internship Center
10/5: Deloitte Consulting InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:00pm, DEM 102
10/6: Career Fair Success for International Students; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 134
10/9: Ace the Case Interview Prep Workshop (presented by Accenture); 4:30 – 6:30pm, HUB 145
10/9: Microsoft InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134
10/11: What to Do Your First Week at a New Job/Internship (presented by Expeditors); 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 134
Top job/internship opportunities
- Student – Web Developer, UW Information School; iCareers ID 6658
- IT Analyst Intern, US Government Accountability Office; iCareers ID 6649
- Data Science Product Management Internship; HuskyJobs ID 119642
- Engineering Summer Interns, Houzz; HuskyJobs ID 118728
- Research & Instruction Internship, St. Olaf College; iCareers ID 6628
- Full Stack Application Engineer, Health at Scale Corporation; HuskyJobs ID 119617
- Digital Projects Archivist, iCareers ID 6662
- Access Services and Assessment Librarian, iCareers ID 6660