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. Autumn quarter is a busy time for consulting and tech internships.
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, so 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.
If you are seeking individual guidance and would like to meet with a Career Adviser, you are encouraged to use the resources in the UW Career and Internship Center.
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 helpful for those of you exploring your career options. Attending one lets you learn more about potential industries and opportunities, and allows you to narrow your range of interests and refocus your job/internship search efforts. The iSchool, along with the UW Career & Internship Center, host frequent employer and professional development events. You can find iSchool events on iCareers, and the UW career center’s events on their student calendar.
No matter the career 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 service-minded, passionate, and able to handle a busy 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 AND 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
iSchool and Employer Workshops
- Oct 4: Behavioral Interviews; 12:30 – 1:20pm, BLD 070
- Oct 4: Deloitte Case Interview Workshop; 2:00 – 3:30pm, HUB 214
Sessions are led by company representatives and will include an overview of the company in addition to the workshop.
- Oct 9: Cover Letters; 12:30 – 1:20pm, HUB 214
- Oct 15: Consulting 101 Boot Camp by West Monroe; 5:30 – 7:30pm, HUB 214
- Oct 16: Technical Interview Prep by Karat; 12:30 – 1:20pm, HUB 214
- Oct 16: Mentors and Messes: Top Ten Leadership Lessons Learned; 12 – 1pm, HUB 145
iSchool Employers Hangouts and Info Sessions
- Oct 3: KPMG Info Session; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 258
- Oct 7: West Monroe Partners Info Session; 12:30 – 1:20pm, HUB 332
- Oct 14: Illumina iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416
- Oct 17: KPMG Info Session; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 258
Info Sessions are formal presentations by the employer.
Hangouts are informal conversations with the employer.
UW Career & Internship Center
- Oct 9: Engineering Hiring Expo; 12 – 4pm, HUB Ballroom
- Oct 10: Business Career Fair; 2 – 6pm, HUB Ballroom
- Oct 17: Start up Career Fair; 3:00 – 5:30pm, Intellectual House
UW Career Workshops and Employer Events
Other Career Events
- Oct 9: Alaska Airlines Day at Foster;
- Oct 10: The Greater Seattle Career Fair; 11am – 2pm, Seattle Center Note: this fair is not sponsored by the iSchool or the UW
Positions for Consideration
- Software Engineer Intern, iOS (Summer 2020), Poshmark; Handshake
- User Experience Design Intern, Converse; Handshake
- Business Intelligence & Database Internship, PACCAR Inc; iCareers ID 9635
- Information Research Specialist – Library Professional, Harvard Business School; iCareers ID 9636
- WSDOT Data Catalog Persona Development, WSDOT; iCareers ID 9634
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