Gaining traction on the job search during fall quarter can be difficult. On top of easing back in 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.
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. Dean put together this document, which 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 this Thursday, Oct. 4, by 11:59pm.
If you don’t get a job or internship offer in the fall, you still have plenty of time. While fall quarter is noticeably abuzz with employer recruitment events, particularly for tech and consulting roles, we regularly see students receiving offers throughout the academic year and even into summer.
The best thing you can do at this point in the year is determine some specific opportunities you might be interested in pursuing. Then, find out when you’ll need to apply and develop a plan of action accordingly.
ON-DEMAND CAREER RESOURCES
Students have a lot of career questions at the start of the year, and advising appointments get booked quickly. To help iSchool students out when they’re not able to meet with Dean or Nayoung, we’ve created career-specific Canvas pages for each degree program. They cover a range of topics, including using iCareers, job searching as an international students, networking, and more.
Additional resources, applicable to all students, can be found on the iSchool’s website.
Having some uncertainty about the type of career you’d like to pursue is completely normal, especially this early in the school year (really, it never stops being normal). Career events can be particularly helpful for those of you in this boat. 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 efforts. Our career team, along with the UW Career & Internship Center, host frequent employer and professional development events. You can find iSchool events on iCareers, and the main career center’s events are listed on their student calendar.
No matter the field or specific organization, employers seek 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 service0minded, passionate, and able to handle a heavy workload. For volunteer opportunities, check out UW’s Carlson Center, Pipeline Project, or Jumpstart. Informatics students can also utilize UW’s Undergraduate Research Programs database, which contains hundreds of research roles open to undergraduate students.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS
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, we again want to emphasize that jobs and internships will be there for the taking all year long. We recommend starting your search as soon as possible, but don’t stress if things don’t immediately fall your way.
iSchool: More info and registration via iCareers
- 10/2: Consulting Resume Reviews; 12:30 – 2:00pm, OUG 220
- 10/3: Grant Thornton iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416
- 10/4: West Monroe Partners iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416
- 10/4: Navigating a Career Fair Workshop; 12:30 – 1:20pm, BLD 070
- 10/5: Consulting 101 Workshop with West Monroe Partners; 5:30 – 8:00pm, HUB 340
UW Career & Internship Center
- 10/2: Gaining Experience Employers Want Workshop; 3:30 – 4:00pm, MGH 134
- 10/3: Twitter InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134
- 10/4: Accenture presents: Ace the Consulting Case Interview Prep Workshop; 4:30 – 6:00pm, MGH 134
- 10/8: ResumeFest!; 10:00am – 4:00pm, MGH 134
- 10/1: Deloitte Cyber Threat Competition; Online
First round runs Oct. 1 – Nov. 2, more information at link above and on iCareers (job ID 8005).
POSITIONS FOR CONSIDERATION
- ETD Processor, UW Libraries; iCareers ID 8006
- 2019 TechStart Intern Program, Liberty Mutual; Handshake
- Entry-Level Analyst & Web Dev opportunities, Point B; iCareers IDs 8029-31
- Fullstack Developer, Schema Design; Handshake
- User Research/Interaction Designer, Sage Bionetworks; Handshake