Career (and Life) Reading
This week, we’ve compiled reading material that covers both topics are 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 both Career Services members, 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 from 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.
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 three free articles per month to start, six if you register a free account, and unlimited if you subscribe.
Recommended article: “The Lies That Perfectionists Tell Themselves”
While not explicitly career or life advice-focused, TechCrunch is 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.
Recommended article: “Google goes all-in on artificial intelligence, renames research division Google AI”
Also a tech news site, though Recode is more focused on the business of technology.
(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
5/14: Study Break Trivia Night hosted by AT&T; 5:00 – 6:00pm, HUB 340
Join AT&T for pizza and trivia questions about the company, the iSchool and coding. Network afterwards with current employees and learn more about the work they do.
5/15: Alternative Summer Plans; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 258
Janet Matta will talk about things you can do this summer in place of an internship to advance your career goals.
Career & Internship Center
5/14: Live Q&A with Zappos; 10:00 – 11:00am, online
5/14: Resume Workshop; 1:30 – 2:00pm, online
5/15: Job Search Workshop; 2:30 – 3:00pm, MGH 134
5/15: U.S. State Department InfoSession; 3:30 – 5:00pm, THO 317
6/27: Seattle Tech Jobs Tour; 5:00 – 9:00pm, Impact Hub
Tech Jobs Tour is a national tour-style circuit aimed at increasing access to tech jobs for diverse and non-traditional talent. The Seattle event will include speed mentoring, tech ecosystem speakers, and a coding bootcamp showcase. Register using above link.
Top job/internship opportunities
- Graduate Student Assistant for Faculty Support, UW Department of Communication; iCareers ID 7560
- Research & Learning Services Specialist, UW Libraries; iCareers ID 7529
- Implementation Intern, FAST Enterprises; HuskyJobs ID 126462
- Software Development Engineer, Kernel Labs; HuskyJobs ID 126473
- Metadata Internship (remote), Traditions of the Ancestors (TOTA); iCareers ID 7531
- Gates Fellowship 2018-2019, Technology Alliance; iCareers ID 7559
- Entry Level Software Engineer, SR Education Group; HuskyJobs ID 126550
- Software Development Engineer – Web, OfferUp; HuskyJobs ID 126542
- Librarian Itinerant – Elementary/Middle School, Sumner School District; iCareers ID 7555