Career Newsletter, 11/16/2017

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Explaining Your Degree

Explaining what goes on at the iSchool can be difficult. Tell someone you study here and you could get any number of responses — questions about how your major differs from computer science to confused looks about when Apple released a new product. Information technology, science, and management are nuanced fields and not always well understood by the general public.

The ability to explain your degree can not only help satisfy inquisitive relatives at the Thanksgiving table, it will allow you to better convince employers you’re the right person for the job. Today’s newsletter offers some ideas on how you can talk about your studies to family, friends, and employers unfamiliar with our academic programs.

General approaches

“I’m studying the relationship between information, technology, and people. My classes are in [computer programming, website development, knowledge organization, etc.].”

“My degree is interdisciplinary — we learn from professors that come from a range of industries, like technology, psychology, business, and education.”

“I’m studying how information is used by people and organizations, and how it impacts social and technical problems. This quarter, we’re [analyzing social behaviors in networking, creating websites that help English-learners find information about UW resources, studying the role of libraries in developing nations, etc.].” Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 11/9/2017

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Avoiding Job-Search Burnout

Seattle’s weather has quickly descended into a wintery rhythm of wind and rain. On top of that, daylight savings time left us with days that end at 4:30pm. It’s not abnormal to be a bit dreary right now.

Nor is it out of the question that these seasonal changes might be affecting your interest in the long slog of the job search. For this week’s newsletter, we’re borrowing from a blog post that career services advisor Alycia McKenzie wrote last fall on avoiding burnout when looking for jobs and internships.

Read what she had to say below:

Fall quarter is the busiest in terms of career events and job searching. Combined with the standard demands of school and a social life, this has the ability to burn students out. Today’s newsletter features a few strategies you can employ to avoid getting discouraged while looking for a job or internships.

Set small goals. As with anything, successfully navigating the job-search process takes consistent, concentrated effort. Attempting to finish it all in one fell swoop will leave you overwhelmed. Instead, set out incremental goals that, in total, will result in securing a professional opportunity. For example, commit to 20 minutes of researching jobs and companies during the first week of your plan. The next week, plan on 20 minutes of resume work each day, and so on. Keeping your goals manageable will give you a steady stream of momentum. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 11/2/2017

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Job Negotiations: Asking for Time

The excitement of a job or internship offer can be a relief. After dozens of resumes and rounds of interviews, there’s finally an end in sight.

But what if you’re still waiting to hear back from another employer?


Let’s play out a hypothetical situation. You get a job/internship offer from Company ABC, and they’ve asked you to make a decision within a week. However, you’d rather work at XYZ, where you’re still in the process of interviewing.


If you’re hesitant to let ABC know you’re pursuing other opportunities, you can refer them to the iSchool’s recruitment policy, which stipulates how long employers should give students to respond to offers. Since many employers aren’t aware of the policy, passing it along would be a tactful way of letting them know you need more time to make a decision. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 10/26/2017

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Dress the Part: What to Wear While Job Searching

Hiring season is in full swing and you’ll likely be attending a lot of career events in the near future — information sessions, company socials, career fairs, and hopefully some interviews, too. Knowing how to dress depending on the setting is important. Wearing appropriate clothing is an easy to way to make a good first impression and can give you increased confidence. Today’s post offers a brief guide on dressing the part for various events.

Information sessions

The majority of information sessions are held on campus during the school day. Recruiters will understand you’re coming to the event in between classes, so wearing everyday attire is perfectly acceptable. You’ll still want to look presentable — shirts with offensive graphics can probably be left at home — but nothing formal is necessary. If you’re really feeling ambitious, nice jeans and a button-up shirt or sweater can help you stand out without seeming out of place. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 10/19/2017

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Exploring Careers

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 number of next steps. Below are some tips to help you find out what you’d like to do after graduation.

Self-reflection. Understanding yourself and your passions can help you pinpoint the type of career in which you’ll thrive. Think 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 good advice on exploring your strengths and connecting those to careers (pg. 6 – 11), and WikiHow offers good insight into finding your passion. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 10/12/2017

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Seven Quick Interview Tips

With application season underway, you’ll soon start preparing for interviews. Doing so requires work, but it doesn’t need to be daunting. With some concentrated effort, you can prepare yourself in just a few days. Below are seven quick tips to help you out.

  1. Research the organization. Visit the company website, check their Wikipedia page, and see what current and past employees say on Glassdoor. Pay specific attention to their mission, vision, and values. Prior research will give you a better sense of the type of people the company likes to hire, help you tailor your answers, and demonstrate your strong work ethic.


  1. Research common questions. A simple Google search will yield a number of questions you might be asked during interviews for certain types of jobs. Glassdoor also provides specific questions asked of people who interviewed at the company previously — it will note the position the person was applying for, as well. And if you personally know someone who pursued an opportunity at the same organization, ask about their experience.


  1. Practice. Once you’ve found some questions you think are likely to come up, formulate possible answers. For a standard behavioral interview, we recommend answering questions with the STAR method. Practice giving your answers to friends, family members, and/or Dean and Alycia (who are available for mock interviews by appointment!).


  1. Develop questions of your own. Coming prepared with questions offers a variety of benefits. Posing questions that reference your prior research (“I was interested in this aspect of the mission statement—could you expand on it a bit?”) will again reflect your work ethic. Additionally, questions that touch on issues that could impact your decision to take the job (vacation, organizational structure, etc.) will demonstrate your genuine interest in the position.


  1. Bring a copy of your resume. Set it in front of you during the interview to help keep track of what experiences, accomplishments, and projects you’d like to bring up. It’s also not a bad idea to print an extra copy in case an interviewer asks for one.


  1. Bring a pen and notebook. Writing down keywords from the questions you’re asked will not only help you quickly formulate responses, it will show the interviewer you’re engaging thoughtfully.


  1. Give yourself time! While preparing for an interviewer doesn’t need to be a challenge, it can be if you procrastinate. Aim to start a few days in advance to ensure you arrive with confidence.

For additional advice, check out our Interview Workshop from last year. And be sure to attend this year’s event, happening Oct. 18, 12:30 – 1:20pm in BLD 070!

Upcoming events


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

10/12: Concur Coding Challenge: Introduction; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 258

Concur is hosting a coding challenge for iSchool students. A two-part event, this portion will be an introduce the nature of the challenge, and students will have the opportunity to sign up as teams. Cash prizes available.

10/12: Directed Fieldwork Information Event; 6:00 – 7:00pm, BLD 070

Learn about the directed fieldwork option in the MLIS program. This hour-long session is a presentation of DFW policies and best practices, with a Q&A period at the end.

10/17: Microsoft iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416

Representatives from Microsoft will be in the iLounge to chat informally about career and internship opportunities. Stop by to connect!

10/18: Interview Workshop; 12:30 – 1:20pm, BLD 070

Interviewing doesn’t need to be a nerve-wracking experience. You’ll leave this workshop armed with the tools necessary to make a strong impression on potential employers.

10/19: Strong Bullet Points for MLIS Resumes; 6:30 – 7:30pm, Online

Boiling past jobs and internships down to bulleted lists can be difficult. Join iSchool advisor Alycia McKenzie for a workshop on turning your experience into impactful statements that will help your resume stand out.

UW Career & Internship Center

10/12: Starbucks Coffee Company InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:00pm, DEM 102

10/13: KPMG, LLP InfoSession; 11:30am – 12:30pm, PCAR 290

10/16: LinkedIn Lab; 3:30 – 4:20pm, MGH 134

10/17: West Monroe Partners InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:00pm, DEM 102

10/18: U.S. Job Search for International Students; 2:30 – 3:20pm, MGH 134

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

Top job/internship opportunities

  • Data Science Product Management Internship, Cambia Health Solutions; iCareers ID 6686
  • Nike Technology Intern, HuskyJobs ID 119858
  • Software Development Intern, Oracle; HuskyJobs ID 119018
  • Photo Archives Intern, Seattle Art Museum; iCareers ID 6689
  • Rights and Reproductions Intern, Seattle Art Museum; iCareers ID 6690
  • Data Cloud Rotational Analyst, Oracle; HuskyJobs ID 118983
  • Data Scientist, Bsquare; iCareers ID 6675
  • Systems Librarian, Marquette University; iCareers ID 6678
  • Library User Experience Specialist, National Center for Atmospheric Research; iCareers ID 6680

Science and Engineering Business Association (SEBA) October events


The Science and Engineering Business Association (SEBA) has some exciting events this quarter that you won’t want to miss:

  • First Tuesday (Tuesday, October 10, 5:30 PM in HUB 145)
    • A panel of industry professionals will teach you how to prepare for the Science and Engineering Career Fair and other upcoming interviews
    • FREE professional headshots for our members (limited availability). Sign up for a headshot here.
    • As always, free food and drinks!
  • Science and Engineering Career Fair (Wednesday, October 25, 11:30 AM – 5:00 PMin the HUB)
    • Score that internship or job opportunity at the largest career fair hosted on campus.
    • Volunteeringat this event fulfills one of the requirements for activemembership! More details about volunteering will come as the event nears.
    • Please visit the Career Fair Student Information section of our webpage for more information.

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