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 variety of next steps. Below are some tips to help you find out what you’d like to do after graduation.
START WITH REFLECTION
Understanding yourself and your interests can help you pinpoint the type of career in which you’ll thrive.
Start by thinking 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 some helpful exercise to explore your strengths and connecting those to careers (pg. 6 – 11).
Micro-testing pathways allows you to learn more about your interest in various jobs without committing to anything permanently. Some ways to micro-test:
- Set up informational interviews. These reverse the roles of traditional interviews, allowing interested candidates to ask current employees about their organization and/or specific positions. Informational interviews can equip you with information you may not be able to find via public resources, giving you a level of depth and confidence in your career search. To learn more about informational interviews, consider joining us for the Mingling for Introverts workshop, or read our tips from a past newsletter.
- Doing freelance work gives you real experience without the pressure to take on a long-term obligation. Common freelancing projects include writing, programming, web design, and Excel. Upwork is a frequently used site connecting freelancers to customers.
We host a variety of employers throughout the year, all of whom are happy to talk with students about their industry, organizational culture, and specific internship and job opportunities.
- Find upcoming career events on the main iSchool website or iCareers (Events à Workshops).
- Many iSchool student groups also hold their own career-related events. All students-led events should be listed on this Google calendar.
- The main career center’s events are listed on their student calendar.
CONNECT WITH ALUMNI
Checking in with past iSchool students can provide some ideas on where you might go (many of the employers who set up events with us send alumni, too).
Commons careers for our graduates include:
- Business analyst
- Consultant (advisory, management, technology)
- Content strategist/taxonomist
- Data analyst
- Information assurance/risk analyst
- Product/program/project manager
- Software engineer/developer
- 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. You can explore what iSchool alunni are up to using the LinkedIn alumni tool.
UNDERSTAND JOBS IN DEMAND
Though the process can be time consuming, reviewing job listings will give you an 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 Handshake, try other job boards or go directly to organizations’ websites. No portal has a comprehensive listing of positions that align with your interests, so it’s worth it to explore various avenues.
MEET WITH CAREER ADVISORS
If you need help brainstorming more job search strategies, you can always set up an appointment with a career advisor through iCareers.
- Interested in technical jobs? Dean can give you some inside knowledge.
- Interested in consulting, non-profit, or government jobs? Nayoung would love to help.
- Both advisors can do mock/practice interviews and discuss overall career strategies for a wide range of roles
Not seeing an open time in iCareers?
- Drop-in hours during autumn quarter are Tuesday and Wednesday, 2:00 – 4:00pm.
- If you have a recurring conflict or unique circumstance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can try to make something work.
iSchool: More info and registration via iCareers
(Missed a workshop? You can always review our recorded sessions online.)
- 10/29: What it Means to Be a Library Professional; 3:30 – 5:20pm, BLD 070
- 10/30: OppenheimerFunds iLounge Hangout: Technology Associate Program; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416
- 10/30: Mingling for Introverts Workshop; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 258
- 11/1: Fast Enterprises iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416
UW Career & Internship Center
- 10/29: BD’s Technology Leadership Development Program (TLDP) InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134
- 10/30: Visa InfoSession; 12:30 – 1:30pm, MGH 134
- 10/31: Science & Engineering Career Fair; 11:00am – 5:00pm, HUB Ballrooms
- 11/1: Finding a Job When You Have Too Many Interests; 3:30 – 4:15pm, GTH 057
- 11/1: HCDE Career Fair; 3:30 – 6:30pm, HUB South Ballroom
- 10/30: Inclusive Hiring Virtual Career Fair for People with Disabilities; 1:00 – 3:00pm, Online
POSITIONS FOR CONSIDERATION
- Designer, Prototyping Intern, Apple; Handshake
- Software Engineer – Cloud Intern, Keysight Technologies; Handshake
- Summer 2019 Internship – Marketing Analytics, PACCAR; Handshake
- Data Science Fellowship, Institute for Defense Analyses; Handshake
- Software Development Engineer, Adobe; Handshake
- Software Application Engineer, Workday; iCareers ID 8105
- Case Management Data Specialist, Northwest Justice Project; iCareers ID 8136
- Children’s Librarian, Santa Clarita Public Library; iCareers ID 8138
- Library Associate IIs (PT and FT), Sno-Isle Libraries; iCareers ID 8130