Career Newsletter, 4/19/2018

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Alternative Summer Plans

Our last two newsletters have focused on topics related to summer internships and post-grad jobs. Today, we’re going to look at things you can do in place of working during summer break.

Enroll in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

MOOCs, for those unfamiliar, are online classes open to anyone that’s interested, and many are either free or inexpensive. Numerous sites offer MOOCs, though a few might be particularly helpful for iSchool students.

Codecademy offers courses on a variety of programming languages and components, including SQL, JavaScript, and HTML, all of which are free (there are also a couple premium options available at a cost). The content is more introductory-level, making it great for students who came to the iSchool without a lengthy technical background, or those just looking to diversity their skillset for developer jobs.

Coursera partners with colleges and universities, and features courses taught by instructors from those institutions. The classes on Coursera run the gamut from arts and humanities to physical science and engineering, but the site is still particularly well suited for the iSchool population. Among the most popular courses are Machine Learning from Stanford, Getting Started with Python from Michigan, and Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies from Princeton. MLIS students might be interested in Management of Successful Arts and Cultural Organizations from Maryland or Research Data Management and Sharing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Edinburgh. Many of the courses on Coursera cost money, though you can apply for financial aid, as well.

Udacity is the MOOC site most focused on securing employment for its students. The courses are developed with the help of — and sometimes taught by — tech industry leaders from companies like Google, Amazon, and IBM, the idea being that those who’ve succeeded in the industry will have the best understanding of what students will need to know in order to succeed themselves. Udacity, however, is fairly expensive — their “nanodegree” programs cost several hundred dollars.

Whichever site you choose, you’ll likely find it a worthwhile experience. A survey conducted by the Harvard Business Review found that 72% of students who took MOOCs reported career benefits and 61% reported educational benefits.

Enroll in UW courses

Maybe you’re just looking to keep on chugging this summer. Period I registration for next quarter began April 9 and runs through May 16, while Period II starts May 17 and ends June 17, with classes then starting on the 18th. You can find the INFO course schedule here, MSIM here, MLIS here, and INFX courses here.

Summer quarter features smaller class sizes, providing a more intimate learning environment and the chance to develop strong relationships with your instructors and peers. It’s also a good opportunity to explore courses in other departments that you might not have the time to take during the standard academic year.

And while not traditional classes, students might be interested in these technology training courses from UW-IT and campus partners.

Volunteer

Volunteering has obvious benefits — you gain experience that can be put on a resume, build your professional network, and demonstrate your genuine passion for that line of work.

There are volunteer opportunities abound for library students. The Seattle Public Library alone offers 12 different volunteer roles, though they are currently only seeking to fill the Adult Tutor and Story Time Assistant positions. The King County Library System has openings for Study Zone, Talk Time, and Tech Tutor volunteers. And you can find more about volunteer opportunities at Sno-Isle Libraries here.

For tech-related volunteering, there’s Seattle CoderDojo, a group that meets every Sunday and teaches kids aged 8 – 18 how to code. And while not explicitly a volunteer opportunity, Seattle Tech4Good is a Meetup group focused on using technology to help nonprofit organizations, and might be a good place to find out where you can apply your talents more directly.

I also encourage all students to check out VolunteerMatch, which allows you to search opportunities by location and interest area. Seattle Works and United Way of King County are also good for general assignment service opportunities. Even if the volunteer work isn’t explicitly related to what you’d like to pursue long-term, the aforementioned benefits apply.

For more on this topic, be sure to attend Janet Matta’s workshop next month: May 15, 12:30 – 1:20 in MGH 258.

Upcoming events

iSchool

(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)

4/24: Liberty Mutual iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416

Representatives from Liberty Mutual, including iSchool alumni, will be in the iLounge to chat informally about career opportunities. There will be a specific focus on the company’s 2019 TechStart Internship and Entry-Level Programs.

Career & Internship Center

4/19: Home County Job Search Workshop for International Students; 2:30 – 3:20pm, MGH 134

4/20: Virtual Finding Internships Workshop; 12:30 – 1:00pm, online

4/24: Career Fair Success Workshop; 1:30 – 2:00pm, MGH 134

4/24: Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) InfoSession; 1:30 – 2:30pm, THO 317

4/26: Marketing and Communications Job & Internship Fair; 2:00 – 5:00pm, MGH Commons

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

Top job/internship opportunities

  • Graduate Funding Information Manager, UW Libraries; iCareers ID 7462
  • Software Development Engineer Intern, Kernel Labs; HuskyJobs ID 125758
  • Software Engineer – Intern, IXL Learning; HuskyJobs ID 125712
  • Internship, Gates Archive; iCareers ID 7459
  • Data Science Co-op, Amazon Web Services; iCareers ID 7464
  • Data Science/ML Engineer, Walmart Labs; iCareers ID 7460
  • Library Assistant (10 openings), Santa Clarita Public Library; iCareers ID 7466
  • Teen Librarian, Whatcom County Library System; iCareers ID 7457
  • Metadata Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder; iCareers ID 7448

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