Funding: UW Dempsey Startup Competition applications due 4/8

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The Dempsey Startup Competition (Dempsey Startup), organized by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, provides a real-world experience for student entrepreneurs, promoting student ideas and new venture creation to the entrepreneurial community. Participating in the Dempsey Startup gives students practice in the dynamics of venture creation by developing an idea, putting together a founding team, writing a business plan, and presenting to investors. In fact, many ideas that started as a class project turned into a start-up company through the competition process! Continue reading

Events: Crafting Effective Diversity Statements & Cover Letters”

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CRAFTING EFFECTIVE DIVERSITY STATEMENTS & COVER LETTERS

A panel and workshop for postdocs and graduate students.

Thursday, Apr 4th, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, Unity Suite

What is a diversity statement? Why is it important? How do I describe my potential to contribute to diversity, inclusion and equity in academia and industry?

Panelists:

  • Rickey Hall, Vice President and University Diversity Officer, UW
  • Evangelina Shreeve, Director, STEM Education and Outreach, PNNL
  • Butch de Castro, Professor and Associate Dean, Nursing, UW
  • Cynthia del Rosario, Diversity, Equity and Access Officer, Information School, UW

Hear panelists talk about what they look for in a diversity statement when they are hiring; discuss expectations for a diversity statement in your job application; and begin writing one as part of the workshop.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/diversityStatement 

In celebration of 2019 Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, this event is generously co-hosted by:

  • UW Postdoc Diversity Alliance
  • Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
  • Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Core Programs, Graduate School

Career Newsletter, 3/4/19

JOB SEARCHING BEYOND CAMPUS

Many of you have spent the first six months of the school year on the job hunt and it’s not unreasonable to start feeling some fatigue with Handshake or iCareers applications. Or maybe you’ve been attending info sessions and career fairs, and are now looking for some additional tools to aid your search.

In this week’s newsletter, we’ve compiled some ways to seek opportunities outside of campus-focused methods. These methods may require more research, customization, and initiative, but may also be more effective in reaching your unique goals. We encourage students to search for opportunities both on and off campus, maintaining a willingness to take risks throughout.

iCAREERS: COMPANY CONTACTS

Beyond job, internship, and workshop listings, our iCareers site also includes a “Contract Directory” section. It includes the names and emails (and, occasionally, job titles) of specific employers who have used the site to post opportunities in the past. (To find it, click on the “Employers” tab from the iCareers homepage.) Use the keyword search to find contacts from companies for whom you’d like to work — ask if they’re currently hoping to fill any positions relevant to your interests and skills, or if they’d be willing to set up an informational interview.

If you pursue this option, make sure you adhere to standards of professional communication. Be sure to let them know you’re an iSchool student and found their information via the Information School’s job board. Because it may have been a while since they last used the site, you may want to cross reference their name on LinkedIn to see if they are still at the company indicated in their iCareers account.

MEETUP GROUPS

Meetup is a free website that facilitates in-person meetings based on mutual interests. The events not only offer opportunities to learn more about a given industry, they also give you a chance to interact with professionals in your intended field of work. The meetings will sometimes even begin with a recruiter or other company employee announcing open job and internship opportunities. Some groups relevant to iSchoolers include New Tech, Design Thinking, Information Architecture & User Experience, and Seattle Business Analytics Community. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 2/20/19

INTERVIEWING YOUR INTERVIEWER

Whether you’re looking for a full-time job, internship, or directed fieldwork, interviews are a key step in the application process. What many students overlook is that interviews are two-way. While the organization is using the meeting to judge your unique set of skills, experience, and personality, it’s also a chance to see how well they fit you.

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). Below are some tips on succeeding in this role reversal.

DRAFT 3-5 QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU GO

Coming up with questions in advance will not only demonstrate your preparedness, it’ll also give you time to develop ones that actually provide pertinent info. Think about what aspects of the job might impact your decision to accept or decline an offer and jot down questions accordingly.

  • Do you prefer a hands-off managerial philosophy, or something more structured?
  • What expectations do you have for professional development and continued learning on the job?
  • How is the team living out your core values of diversity, inclusion, or innovation?

You don’t want to pose these as demands but do try to get a sense of whether or not the company can meet your needs.

If you’re struggling to come up with questions, this article, or this one, might be helpful. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 2/7/19

iSCHOOL CAREER FAIR TIPS: PART 2

Following up on our last career services newsletter, we’ve compiled a few more tips to help you make the most of the iSchool Career Fair (ICF).

And don’t forget, we still have a few upcoming events aimed at providing you with the skills you need to stand out:

#4: CUSTOMIZE YOUR RESUME

Step number one in preparing your resume for ICF is, of course, making sure it’s updated with your most recent jobs and internships, class projects, volunteer experiences, etc.

Career fairs present a unique challenge in preparing your resume, though, in that you’ll be handing it to variety of employers, each with different hiring needs and methods of evaluation. Creating multiple different versions of your resume, tailored to specific companies, can help your applicant profile stand out.

If you download the (available on iOS and Android), you’ll be able to see organization overviews and hiring needs provided by the recruiters.* Use this information to adapt your resume.

For instance, imagine you’re interested in cybersecurity and see that Company X is hiring for a Security Consultant. An easy initial adjustment would be adding a line into your summary of qualifications that mentions your knowledge of, and passion for, information security policies and standards. Furthermore, you could choose to put more emphasis and projects from relevant courses (say, INFO 312 or IMT 556 ). While relatively minor changes, it will demonstrate you’ve researched the organization beforehand, which in turn will reflect your enthusiasm for a potential job opportunity.

Company overviews can also give insight into the organization’s values, which may affect what past roles and projects you highlight on your resume.

Representatives from ICF-registered organizations, along with UW career services and HR employees, will be there to provide individualized resume advice. You can also find sample resumes online, view our Writing Killer Resumes workshop, or

*If information for the 2019 career fair isn’t live as of this posting, it will be soon after. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 1/22/19

iSCHOOL CAREER FAIR TIPS: PART 1

A networking event can be overwhelming, and preparation can help (see article suggested by The Muse). Whether you plan to attend the iSchool Career Fair (ICF), Library & Information Science Speed-Talks & Mingling event, or another professional event/conference, you’ll want to prepare before showing up.

To help you do so, we have several upcoming events aimed at providing you with the skills you need to stand out:

Below are some tips from the career team to help you make a positive impression with professionals.

#1: CRAFT YOUR INTRODUCTION

Having a compelling introduction is key when preparing for networking opportunities.

Interactions can be fast-paced, and the ability to talk about yourself succinctly yet substantively is important.

To prepare, we recommend crafting a 30-second summary of your core attributes and interest areas. The intro should cover three areas: who you are, what skills/experience you offer, and the types of opportunities you’re seeking.

In developing your intro, it can help to start with that last part. Are you going to ICF in hopes of landing a UX internship? A full-time taxonomy position? Anything that’ll allow you to develop your technical skills?

Having a specific goal in mind will allow you to pinpoint what aspects of your background and skillset to include in your introduction to employers. Here are some examples:

“Hello, my name’s Jane and I’m a senior in the Informatics program, focusing on human-computer interaction. My internship last summer helped me strengthen my HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills, and I’m looking for full-time opportunities in UX after graduating in June. Could you tell me about the types of opportunities your organization might have available in the coming months?”

“Hi, my name’s John and I’m a first year MLIS student with an interest in digital asset management and knowledge organization. I’ve been able to pursue these interests as a student assistant at the UW Libraries, and am currently looking for internships for this upcoming summer. Are you seeking any interns or part-time employees for June through September?”

These examples include pertinent information without overwhelming with irrelevant details. The point of your intro is to interest the employer in further conversation — not recite your resume.

We also recommend tailoring your content based on your listener. If you know a certain organization particularly values experience, think about mentioning multiple internships you’ve had instead of listing all your specific skills. Or if you’ve heard an organization prioritizes community engagement, highlight your time volunteering.

You’ll also want your intro to sound confident and authentic. Practice your intro beforehand until it sounds more conversation than infomercial. This video gives a good demonstration of what it’s like to speak with recruiters at a career fair. If you need help developing your intro, feel free to reach out to one of our career advisors through iCareers appointments or drop-in hours. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 1/8/19

WELCOME BACK FOR WINTER QUARTER

Welcome back and happy new year! With the new quarter comes another phase of recruitment. Countless organizations are still searching for their next stellar employee, and that could be you.

Chief among this quarter’s business is, of course, the iSchool Career Fair (ICF). It’s happening Tuesday, Feb. 12, 12:30 – 4:30pm in the HUB Ballrooms. This year, we’re expecting about 40 organizations to attend. Many are in tech, but there are also organizations from financial services, consulting, healthcare, and library services — you can find

If you plan on going (that should be everyone!), be sure to fill out this super-quick ICF is open to iSchool students only for the first hour, and responding to the survey will ensure we have a nametag ready for you, allowing you take advantage of the whole hour. (You will still need to bring your Husky Card.)

MLIS students can also look forward to the Library & Information Science Speed-Talks & Mingling event on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2:00 – 4:00pm in KNE 225 (the Walker-Ames Room). The event will start with brief presentations (“speed-talks”) from LIS professionals, followed by small group discussions where students can interact with the presenters more directly. And if the idea of attending a networking event is a bit intimidating, you can come to our prep session the Friday beforehand.

Last, we are piloting a few new programs this quarter, including Career Conversations (small-group career coaching sessions) and Career Exploration Trips (employer site-visits). You can find more information on these and other career events on the iSchool’s event page.

With the number of events this quarter that include a networking component, we’re focusing this newsletter on how to explain your degree to prospective employers.

EXPLAINING YOUR DEGREE

Explaining what you’re studying at the iSchool can be challenging. 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 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 friends and relatives, it will allow you to better convince employers you’re the right person for the job. Continue reading