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. Below 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 on exploring your strengths and connecting those to careers (pg. 6 – 11), and WikiHow offers good insight into finding your passion.
Micro-test careers. Micro-testing pathways allows you to learn more about your interest in various jobs 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 connect — 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 this topic.
- Job shadow. Job shadowing takes things a step further, allowing you 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, shadowing can last anywhere from a few hours to a week-plus.
- Doing freelance work gives you real experience, but usually won’t force you to take on a long-term obligation. Common freelancing projects including writing, programming, web design, and Excel. 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 career-related events.
Connect with alumni. Checking on the progress of past iSchool students can provide some ideas on where you might go. LinkedIn got rid of its official “Find Alumni” tool during its interface change earlier this year, but you can still find a full list of alumni using the site. You can further refine your results by punching the title of your program into the search bar.
Commons 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
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.
Which brings us to our last point. One way to determine some career paths you might pursue is simply seeing what’s out there. Though it can be painstaking, going through page after page of job listings will give you a clear idea of the opportunities available on the market, and help you envision how your interests and skillset translate to a concrete role. In addition to iCareers and HuskyJobs, try using Indeed — the most popular and comprehensive job search site — or going directly to companies’ websites and looking through their employment pages.
(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
10/19: Strong Bullet Points for MLIS Resumes; 6:30 – 7:30pm, online
Boiling past jobs and internships down to bulleted lists can be difficult. Join iSchool advisor Alycia McKenzie for a workshop on turning your experience into impactful statements.
10/23: Allstate iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416
Representatives from Allstate’s D3 team (Data, Discovery ,and Decisions Science) will be in the iLounge to chat informally about career opportunities. There will be a specific focus on data engineer and business analytics roles.
10/24: Fast Enterprises iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416
Representatives from Fast Enterprises, a leader in the development and installation of software for government agencies, will be in the iLounge to chat informally about career and internship opportunities.
10/24: Avanade Information Session; 12:30 – 1:20pm, HUB 334
Representatives from Avanade, including former iSchool students, will be on campus to talk about the company, a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture. There will be a focus on employment opportunities and what it’s like to work for the organization, specifically within the digital studio and consulting workforces.
10/24: West Monroe Partners presents: Consulting 101; 5:30 – 8:00pm, HUB 337
Consultants from West Monroe Partners will provide an introduction and overview of the consulting industry. Topics will include the nature of consulting work, the difference between different sized firms, and leveraging your technical background as a consultant.
10/25: Workday iLounge Hangout; 9:30 – 11:00am, MGH 416
Representatives from Workday will be in the iLounge to chat informally about career and internship opportunities. New college graduate and internship openings include software development engineers, data scientists, product designers, and product managers.
10/26: Concur Coding Challenge: Presentations; 11:00am – 1:00pm, MGH 258
Concur, an SAP company, is in the process of expanding its web services business. The company is hosting a coding challenge with the hopes of highlighting its API to students. This is the second portion of the two-part event. Each team will present their idea and proof of concept in front a panel of judges. Presentations will be three minutes long.
UW Career & Internship Center
10/19: Mu Sigma, Inc. InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134
10/20: Getting Started: Finding Internships; 1:30 – 2:00pm, MGH 134
10/23: Central Intelligence Agency InfoSession; 5:30 – 8:00pm, MGH 134
10/23: Oracle InfoSession; 6:00 – 7:30pm, HUB 145
10/24: ResumeFest!; 9:00am – 4:00pm, MGH 134
Top job/internship opportunities:
- Student – Web Developer, UW Information School; iCareers ID 6712
- Linked Data Specialist, UW Libraries; iCareers ID 6740 (posting 10/20)
- Cisco Software Engineer – Bachelors (Intern), Cisco Systems, Inc.; HuskyJobs ID 120039
- CRM Business Systems Analyst | New Grad 2018, Sonos, Inc.; HuskyJobs ID 120067
- Associate Consultant, The Spur Group; HuskyJobs ID 120083
- Associate Product Management, Yahoo!; HuskyJobs ID 120073
- Public Services Librarian – Chastek Library, Gonzaga University School of Law; iCareers ID 6695
- Southwest Librarian, New Mexico State Library; iCareers ID 6701