Notice: Scam Warnings Sent to International Students

Criminals Stealing Money from International Students by Phone

Be careful if you receive a call from someone who claims to be from the U.S. government or the police and demands money. These calls are fake, and are from criminals. They want to scare you and steal your money!

  • Do not give payment information by phone to someone calling you with threats: credit card numbers, online account transfer information, or other personal financial information!
  • Do not buy gift cards to pay someone calling or emailing you with threats!
  • Do not give personal info to someone calling or emailing with threats: copies of your immigration documents, UW account info and password, social media info, etc.
  • Do not agree to meet an unknown caller at a strange address (parking lot, grocery store, etc.)

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Career Newsletter, 5/10/18

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Career (and Life) Reading

Summer is a great time to start a job or work an internship. Summer is a great time to do something other than work a job or internship. Summer is also a great time to read.

This week, we’ve compiled reading material that covers both topics are that are explicitly career-related and those just generally relevant to recent and soon-to-be grads. The first part features a book recommendation from both Career Services members, followed by a list of online outlets putting out useful content.

Career Services’ favorite books

Dean’s choice: First Job First Paycheck: how to get the most out of both…without help from your parents by Jeff Lehman

Jeff Lehman is the Founder and CEO of his own holding company, and sits on the Board of Advisors for the Foster School’s Professional Sales Program. His book focuses on personal finances and navigating the professional landscape, with an eye toward recent graduates.

From Dean:

First Job First Paycheck is a good read for young professionals that covers everything from getting your first job or internship, to managing money and making smart financial decisions. The first sections of the book cover general information on job searching, networking, and setting goals, which is most applicable to current juniors, seniors, and first-year master’s students.

I found the most value in section three, which gives practical examples on money management. Author Jeff Lehman discusses the importance of your FICO score and building credit, saving for retirement via 401(k) and Roth IRAs (and other options), and gives example budgets and suggestions on how to create them. He also makes practical suggestions on how to protect your assets, such as using renters insurance, which can be as cheap as $10/month but protect you from the cost of replacing your personal property due to theft, fire, vandalism, or flooding.

While one of the chapters in the section (“20 ways real life can impact your financial life”) covers some obvious decisions to avoid, such as drinking or texting while driving, Lehman also brings light to common financial mishaps people make when they are shopping for engagement rings, homes and mortgages, and having kids. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 5/4/18

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Career Self-Assessment

It’s common wisdom to seek jobs that match your strengths and interest, though the actual task of doing so can be difficult if you aren’t quite sure what those are. Self-assessments, or personality tests, can help you find out. Helpful tools in career planning and development, the tests give further insight into your goals and unique abilities, with the ultimate goal of aligning the two.

It should be noted that these self-assessments aren’t meant to provide irrefutable answers about your personality. They’re best used as a means to simply start thinking more critically about your disposition, particularly as it pertains to the workplace. If you disagree with the results of any one assessment, that’s fine — you almost surely know yourself better than the test — but the questions should spur helpful self-reflection regardless.

With that caveat in mind, below are a couple recommended self-assessments.

O*NET Interest Profiler

The O*NET Interest Profiler is an assessment on My Next Move, an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options that’s sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. A fairly traditional test, the Profiler asks you to rate specific tasks on a scale of “strongly dislike” to “strongly like.” Example prompts include everything from “build kitchen cabinets” to “help people with personal or emotional problems.”

At the end of the questionnaire, your answers will be scored along six different metrics: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional. You’ll then be able to view suggested careers based on those scores, with the ability to filter the results by the amount of required preparation and/or education. Each suggested occupation will come with an abundance of information, including job duties, necessary skills and abilities, technologies used, and average salary. Continue reading

Notice: Need Student Health Insurance? Share your experience!

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If you are a student at UW Seattle who is uninsured or underinsured and would like to share your experience navigating the healthcare system through a 30-minute interview, 60-minute focus group, video clip, OR written story, please contact us at uwship2@gmail.com.

We are a group of MPH students advocating for the reinstitution of a UW health insurance plan. Your stories will help us inform UW policy makers of the need for a student health insurance plan. Participants can earn up to $50.”

Thank you for your time,
UW SHIP2 Student Team
uwship2@gmail.com

Notice: Drop-In Mental Health Resources for Students for Spring Quarter

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Here are some drop-in mental health resources for spring quarter.  These are FREE resources available for students.  No appointments necessary.  Students can just show up.  More information and flyers available via hyperlink.

  • Mindfulness for Daily Living with Ron Ma, 2-2:45pm (NEW TIME) on Thursdays (through the last week of class) in 401 Schmitz Hall
    • Mindfulness meditation is a practice that helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression by cultivating greater self-awareness and a sense of inner peace.
  • Mindfulness for Anxiety, Depression and Trauma Workshop 2-2:45pm on several Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays for students’ convenience in 401 Schmitz Hall. This workshop by Caitlin Stanaway reviews the symptoms of generalized anxiety, major depression and posttraumatic stress disorder.  Participants can learn about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (focused on building skills in the areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotion regulation) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (focused on how thoughts, mood and behaviors interact).  Goals:
    • Increased understanding of mental health symptoms
    • Effective coping strategies to practice
    • Specifying personal goals and/or goals for treatment
  • Mental Health for the People workshop with Andrea Salazar on Friday 6/1 at 3pm in 401 Schmitz Hall.  This is a new quarterly workshop series is focused on mental health topics from a social justice perspective. The topic for spring quarter is The Impact of Colorism on Communities of Color
  • Let’s Talk.  Drop-in consultation with a counselor, a collaboration between the Counseling Center and Hall Health Center
    • Tuesdays 2-4pm with Iris Song at the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
    • Wednesdays 2-4pm with Kate Fredenberg at the Q Center in the HUB
    • Offered during the 10 weeks of each quarter.

Notice: Nominate an iSchool instructor for a teaching award!

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NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING ISCHOOL INSTRUCTOR!

The deadline to nominate iSchool faculty for this year’s teaching excellence awards is extended to Friday, May 4. This is a great opportunity to publicly appreciate a faculty member who’s made a particular difference in your life. Recipients will be announced at Convocation.

The nomination is a short survey that takes a few minutes to complete.

Pedagogical Recognition of Our Faculty (PROF): Recognizes exemplary teaching and outstanding contributions to teaching made by tenure track faculty at the Information School.

Teaching Excellence and Creative Honors (TEACH): Recognizes exemplary teaching and outstanding contributions to teaching made by non-tenure track faculty (both full-time and part-time) at the Information School.

Nominees for both awards should:

  • Apply expertise in subject matter to connect with students and make topics relevant to their learning.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and engagement in the learning/teaching process.
  • Inspire independent, original, and creative thinking.
  • Show innovation in course and curriculum design.