Happy start of Spring quarter. For the first time since July, the Career Services team is fully staffed!
We are thrilled to welcome Bev Chan (they/them) as our new program coordinator. As a first-gen grad of color, Bev’s passion for student self-determination is personally founded and empathetically informed. Bev has worked primarily with community-based organizations such as College Access Now (now College Possible), and public high schools, managing programs that empower all students to access a meaningful degree and career. In their spare time, Bev is passionate about storytelling, podcasts, film, and art. They also enjoy volunteering with youth and giving back to my community, trying new recipes, and taking walks in the UW Arboretum. Welcome Bev!
We know there is a lot of anxiety and uncertainty when it comes to jobs and internships. While some companies do have hiring freezes or have cancelled internship programs, 70% of employers surveyed said they intend to move forward their internships as planned. We’ve heard from companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Netflix that they are still actively hiring. The UW Career and Internship Center has put together a very comprehensive COVID-19 & Career Student FAQ page and we encourage you to check it out for more information!
There is a lot of uncertainty and change happening right now and we know many of you have questions about what is happening with jobs and internships, how to connect with employers, and the best ways to stay on track with your job search. While we don’t have all the answers and things keep shifting, we did want to provide you with some information and opportunities to get support from the iSchool career services team.
In a national survey of over 250 employers, 85% said they intend to move forward their internships as planned. Some companies, like Microsoft, will have their summer interns start remotely. There are still many new jobs being added to iCareers and Handshake daily, though the rate of new postings has slowed a bit. The UW Career and Internship Center has put together a very comprehensive COVID-19 & Career Student FAQ page and we encourage you to check it out for more information!
In times of great uncertainty, one of the best things you can do is to focus on the things you can control. Many of you are understandably anxious about what is going on in the world. Know that Career Services team is here to help support you with some tangible steps you can take to keep moving forward. This includes helping you create an amazing resume, practice online interviewing skills, learn strategies for networking virtually, and providing some opportunities for social connection and career advice. Here are some of the ways we can support you during these challenging times:
Classes and advising may have moved online, but there’s still plenty of career support available to you! Check out a few of these fantastic online resources to help you jumpstart your job search, craft a compelling resume, and network with confidence.
Looking to kickstart your networking skills? LinkedIn is a powerful tool to help you find opportunities, connect with people doing the work you aspire to do, and manage your professional online presence. Here are a few tips to get you started on creating a captivating profile.
TRANSLATING STUDENT LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE TO THE WORKPLACE
You’ve probably seen a flurry of emails this past week about upcoming elections for iSchool student organizations. ALISS, AIMS, WINFO, and IUGA all need new officers. Student leadership is a great way to connect with the iSchool community, but it’s also an opportunity to develop core workplace skills. In addition to technical abilities, hiring managers seek candidates who are collaborative, organized, communicate well, and can oversee projects and manage people. All of these are skills you can build as a student leader.
Finding the right language to highlight your student leadership experience on a resume or in an interview can be a little challenging. Check out these tips for translating your student leadership experience in the job search process.
Whether you’re looking for a full-time job, internship, or directed fieldwork, interviews are a key step in the application process. In the stress of preparing for interviews, it can be easy to forget that an interview goes two ways. While the organization uses interviews to judge your unique set of skills, experience, and personality, it’s also a chance for you to assess whether an organization is the right fit for your career goals, desired work environment, and values.
Most interviews will end with the employer asking if you have any questions of them. This is your chance to ask well-researched and thoughtful questions that might influence your decision and help ensure you don’t jump into a job you end up dreading. Here are some tips on preparing questions to ask the interviewer: