Funding: CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation Internship ($5000+course credit)

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The next CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation Scholarship ($5,000+course credit) Info Sessions will be held at 12:30PM – 1:30PM, Thursday 3/29 and Friday 3/30 in Mary Gates Hall Room 171.

The CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation Internship Program is now accepting applications (apply here)!  Students can spend Summer quarter working as interns with UW faculty-led start-up companies, seeking to transfer research to real-world applications.  Participants will build upon their strengths and learn about intellectual property and entrepreneurship through hands-on teamwork with an emerging company. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 3/29/2018

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Creative Ways to Job Search

Welcome back for spring quarter!

Before getting into the meat of this week’s newsletter, a quick update on career advising for the start of the quarter. Dean will be out of the office for a couple weeks starting next Wednesday, April 4. During that time, Wendie Phillips, our office director, will be holding career drop-ins on the following days:

  • Thursday, April 5, 2:00 – 4:00pm
  • Thursday, April 19, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Normal career drop-in hours (Wed. and Thurs., 2:00 – 4:00pm) will resume starting the week of April 23. Please note that Wendie will not holding her normally scheduled drop-in hours today, March 29.

While Dean is away, students will unfortunately be unable to make scheduled career advising appointments. You can continue submitting questions to icareers@uw.edu, though responses may be delayed.

For more urgent assistance during Dean’s absence, we recommend making use of the main UW Career & Internship Center, located on the main floor of Mary Gates Hall. You can schedule same-day sessions (15 minutes) and standard appointments with their career coaches.

Now, to the actual topic. This week we’re proposing some creative ways to go about searching for a job or internship.

iCareers: Company contacts

Beyond listings of jobs, internships, and workshops, iCareers includes a “Contact 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, or if they’d be willing to set up an informational interview.

If you pursue this option, make sure you adhere to the usual standards of professional communication. Additionally, be sure to let them know you’re an iSchool student and found their information via iCareers — it may have been a while since they last used the site. Continue reading

Notice: Nominations for iSchool Teaching Excellence Awards, due 4/16

The iSchool Recognition Committee is seeking nominations for this year’s teaching excellence awards. These awards recognize outstanding contributions to teaching made by faculty at the Information School. The nominations are evaluated and awarded in two classifications:

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

* Teaching Excellence and Creative Honors (TEACH): The TEACH award is to recognize exemplary teaching and outstanding contributions to teaching made by non-tenure track lecturing faculty (both full-time and part-time) at the Information School. Continue reading

Events: Fail Forward, Wednesday April 4

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What can adversity, struggle, and failure teach us about success, meaning, identity, resilience, and ultimately, how to Fail Forward?

Come hear local leaders share the setbacks, struggles, and failures they experienced on their paths to success in a panel discussion moderated by Undergraduate Academic Affairs’ Dr. Anne Browning and Dean Ed Taylor.

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Wednesday, April 4th

Doors & Dinner – 5 p.m. | Main Event – 5:30-7 p.m.

wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House  – UW Seattle campus

 

Career Newsletter, 3/1/2018

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Professional Communication

In honor of National Grammar Day on Sunday, today’s newsletter is focusing on written communication skills!

Good grammar probably won’t get you a job, but it could cost you one.

Before you get to the interview stage of a job search, your candidacy will be judged almost entirely on how you present yourself in writing — whether it’s your cover letter, resume, or LinkedIn profile. Recruiters don’t skim these documents looking for the best writer in an applicant pool (save for writing jobs), but too many mistakes can be a red flag. They can suggest a lack of interest in the job,  poor attention to detail, or, worse, the absence of basic communication skills.

Editing your written materials will ensure employers focus on your skills and experience. Below are some grammatical and stylistic suggestions for cover letters, resumes, and LinkedIn, along with some general tips.

Cover letters

Structure your ideas. In my experience reviewing cover letters, many are bogged down by a lack of cohesion. Unrelated ideas are jammed into the same paragraph, claims aren’t directly supported, etc.

When writing a cover letter, use the first paragraph to iterate your interest in the position, then outline the three things that best qualify you for the job. These qualifications will be the basis for your three body paragraphs. For those, begin by reasserting the specific strength/qualification, then follow with a couple sentences substantiating the claim (i.e., “Through involvement with student groups, I’ve developed particularly strong leadership skills. As a senior, I was an officer for the Informatics Undergraduate Association, where I was responsible for…). Last, use the concluding paragraph to bring back all three strengths and say why, together, they make you the best candidate for the job.

This is essentially just the five-paragraph essay template, something taught in middle school. It’s simple, but tells the employer than you can communicate your thoughts clearly. Continue reading

Events: Nadine Strossen–2018 Mignon Distinguished Lecture

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Ed Mignon Distinguished Lecture with Nadine Strossen
HATE:  Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship
Monday April 2, 2018
HUB South Ballroom
4:30 pm Lecture
5:30 pm Reception
Free and open to the public

Join us as we greet Nadine Strossen, the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School. She has written, taught, and advocated extensively in the areas of constitutional law and civil liberties, including through frequent media interviews. From 1991 through 2008, she served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization.

In her book, “Hate:  Why We should Resist it with Free Speech, Not Censorship”, she argues that our political and campus discourse are increasingly filled with charges and counter-charges of “hate speech” to stigmatize and suppress seemingly any speech whose ideas are viewed as hated and hateful.  Speech as disparate – and important in our democracy – as campaigning for Donald Trump and advocating for Black Lives Matter, has been denounced as “hate speech.”  Moreover, too many political and other leaders make erroneous statements about the legal status of such speech, declaring either that “hate speech is not free speech” or that it is absolutely protected.  To the contrary, U.S. law appropriately takes a more nuanced approach, protecting some, but not all, speech that conveys hateful or discriminatory messages.

This lecture will explain why the U.S. approach not only is consistent with core principles of liberty and democracy, but also is the most effective strategy for advancing equality, societal harmony, and individual dignity and psychic well-being.  It cites the many past and present social justice advocates, both in the U.S. and worldwide, who concur that these essential goals are thwarted by censorship, but effectively promoted through non-censorial strategies, including counter-speech.