Career Newsletter, 10/23/19

ELEVATOR PITCH

Putting together the perfect elevator pitch is one of the first steps in organizing and communicating well about your job search. But many students have no idea where to start. What do you say? How long should it be? Should it be scripted or “on the fly”? These resources are a great starting point for getting your elevator pitch together so you’re prepared when you meet new networking contacts, are going to interviews, meet with recruiters, or share information about yourself on LinkedIn. 

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Career Newsletter, 10/7/19

TIPS FOR CAREER FAIRS & NETWORKING EVENTS:

A networking event can be overwhelming, and preparation can help (See article suggested by The Muse). In the coming weeks, the UW will be hosting a number of Career Fairs.

  • October 9:     Engineering Hiring Expo
  • October 10:    Business Career Fair
  • October 17:    Start-up Career Fair
  • October 21:    HCDE Career Fair (please attend only during hours for NON-HCDE students
  • October 23:   Science & Engineering Career Fair

To help you prepare for a successful and effective experience, we have compiled some tips for making a positive impression with professionals.

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Career Newsletter, 10/2/19

FALL RECRUITING

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.

RECRUITMENT TIMELINES

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.

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Career Newsletter, 9/25/19

WELCOME FROM iSCHOOL CAREER SERVICES

Welcome to first iSchool Career Newsletter for the 2019-20 academic year! This is a weekly communication to keep you informed on career related events across campus, tips for your job search, and highlight job and internships opportunities posted in iCareers and Handshake.

Fall quarter is a busy time for corporate recruiting, particularly for Consulting and specific Tech companies. Starting with the first day of the academic year, companies will be visiting campus, hosting information sessions, and reaching out to UW students encouraging them to apply for internships and full-time jobs.

This can be overwhelming for students – especially new students trying to settle into a new program, a new school, a new city and even a new country. Keep in mind, that while there is a flurry of job activity in October, this is NOT your only opportunity to find a summer internship or start your post degree job search. And for some, the positions better suited to your interests may not be posted until winter or spring quarters. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 5/28/19

SUMMER CAREER ACTIVITIES

The iSchool Career Services team would like to extend our congratulations to those of you graduating!

We would love to hear about what you’re up to next via the Post-Graduation Survey: tinyurl.com/ipostgrad19 (requires NetID login). Thank you for taking 5-10 minutes to provide invaluable input. We’ll also be giving out five $50 Amazon gift cards to students that complete the survey before Convocation on June 8 (and an additional five afterward).

The iSchool career advisors can meet with alumni for advising appointments up to one quarter after graduation — that’s through August for those of you finishing in June. You can continue to book appointments through iCareers, or email us with any quick questions (icareers@uw.edu). For further support, the UW Career & Internship Center takes alumni appointments for up to 24 months after graduation.

For graduates moving onto full-time jobs, please feel free to reach out about hosting a recruitment event at the iSchool once you’ve settled in at your new organization. As you may have experienced from your time here, events that feature iSchool alumni are particularly helpful to our current students. They also help Career Services in strengthening our relationships with industry partners. For participation in panels or special events like portfolio reviews, we usually contact alumni who indicated interest in staying involved in the Post-Graduation Survey. And if you have any ideas for new or expanded programming, we welcome your input!

Photo from Portfolio Reviews event; students received tips from UI/UX professionals and alumni.

For those of your returning in the fall, below we’ve outlined some career-related activities you can consider for this summer — either in place of or in addition to an internship or directed fieldwork. The newsletter is largely a compilation of disparate topics we’ve covered in more depth throughout the year. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 5/13/19

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR INTERNSHIP

For those of you not graduating in June, this summer will likely be spent interning or doing directed fieldwork. This week, we’re looking at how to make your internship successful. Whether or not it’s your first intern position, approaching the opportunity strategically will maximize what you take from the experience.

Informatics interns at Starbucks, summer 2017

CONDUCT PRELIMINARY RESEARCH

You likely before interviewing, but there’s no reason to stop now that you’ve secured an internship. Continue reading up on the organization’s mission and vision, and look for recent news articles or press releases, whether from outside publications or the company’s communications team (which are often shared via social media accounts). Starting with a depth of prior knowledge will reflect your enthusiasm for the role and organization, as well as help you acclimate more quickly than fellow interns. Continue reading