Recorded iCareers Sessions
Watch these recorded sessions of our past iCareers events. You can also check out upcoming iCareers events here.
Considering a career in User Experience, Product/Project Management, or Data Science? Our alumni panel shares insights on topics such as researching opportunities, navigating interviews, finding the right company, and getting your foot in the door. They also provide updates on what is happening in the tech industry during this pandemic and share advice for steps you can take to move forward towards a meaningful career in UX, PM or data science.
The ongoing pandemic crisis has led to a number of changes in the how tech employers approach hiring. While some tech companies have instituted hiring freezes and paused recruitment, a number of big companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Tableau continue to hire globally. Caitlin Goldbaum, iSchool Assistant Director for Career Services, discusses how to network effectively, tailor your materials, and polish your online interview skills in order to successfully navigate this challenging landscape and propel yourself toward a job in the tech industry.
Every company/organization has its own unique culture and values. How do you figure out what is right for you? When is the right time to switch career paths, move to a new organizations, or change roles within a company? What strategies should you use to research organizations and find the right place for you? iSchool alumni share their experiences with the job search process and how they found a workplace that was the right fit.
As summer approaches, your plans may have been altered in ways you couldn't have expected or prepared for. Although there are many things uncertain about our future right now, your plans for the summer do not need to be. View this small group coaching session for ideas on potential ways to spend your summer while keeping your long-term career trajectory in mind.
The transition from student to a working professional can be challenging with multiple shifts in "adult" responsibilities outside of your typical syllabi at UW. This transition may be especially difficult for students graduating this year in the midst of a pandemic. View a panel of alumni who share their experiences on "becoming an adult" after graduating from the iSchool. Discussion topics include finding your community, managing finances, seeking work-life balance, and advice for making it through your first year after graduation.
Have you ever felt intimidated by a job description? Maybe you just changed majors or careers and are feeling anxious about your lack of experience. This small group coaching session is for those who would like support in managing those feelings and strategizing their job search process.
On-campus networking events may be postponed, but there are still lots of ways to connect with employers and alumni virtually! Join us for an informal conversation on how to continuing networking while maintaining your social distance.
Technical interviews are an opportunity for you to showcase your problem-solving and technical skills. We have invited guests from several companies to share what hiring committees are looking for in a technical interview for the first half of this workshop. In the second half of this workshop, students will be placed into Zoom breakout rooms with one of the guests, where they will receive small group coaching through solving a problem (examples can be found here).
The workshop will focus on coding/algorithm-style interview questions primarily for software engineering positions but we encourage students of all experience levels and interests to participate!
Despite all the changes happening right now, many employers are still going through with interviews. But they've moved interviewing online! This workshop will teach you everything you need to know about how to prepare for an online interview, including setting up your virtual interview space, researching companies, and how to answer common behavioral interview questions like "Tell me about yourself."
LinkedIn is a powerful professional networking tool that can help you research career pathways, connect with people doing the kind of work that interests you, and learn about job and internship opportunities. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of building a professional and compelling profile. We also discuss some of the many ways you can utilize LinkedIn to connect with alumni and employers and jump-start your path toward a career.
Featuring iSchool alumni who made a career change into or from the tech industry. They share their experiences in making the transition and how they leveraged their skills into their current careers.
Networking is a critical skill for finding career opportunities and growing professionally. Learn how at our Networking Workshop presented by Janet Matta, a career-strategy consultant.
Now that you have that job offer, learn how to negotiate the terms! Janet Matta, a Seattle-area career strategy consultant, will teach you how.
Behavioral interview questions give an employer an idea of your competencies and skills on the job. Discovering how you acted in past specific employment-related situations will help an employer predict how you will behave in the future. Learn how to master these key interviews questions. Andy Herman, a risk manager from Microsoft, will be your guide and provide tips for success. Janet Matta, a Seattle-area career strategy consultant, will also be present to introduce Andy and answer your questions.
Many students will spend this summer interning, exploring an industry of interest and learning new professional skills. Whether you're working your first, second or third internship, there are a few things you can do to maximize the educational experience and set yourself apart. Watch MSIM alumnus Andy Herman as he discusses actions you can take during your internship to get a head start on your career.
The summer break is a great time to advance your academic and professional interests. While many students at the iSchool pursue internships, other options can help advance your goals, too. Whether it’s through freelancing, volunteering, research or self-study, there are plenty of ways to obtain valuable experience.
This panel features iSchool alumni who successfully transitioned into tech-focused careers from fields like education, government, business, and non-profits. They share advice on important skills to develop and discuss how they marketed their prior experiences to employers.
What better way to prepare for the iSchool Career Fair (ICF) than hear from students that have attended before?
This event lets iSchool students virtually hear from past ICF attendees about their experiences and suggestions on making a positive impression on employers.
Not sure where to start, or feeling stuck, with your current job or internship search? The process can be overwhelming and it’s important to develop a structured strategy to track your progress. This workshop offers suggestions on where to look for listings, ways to learn about different careers, and tools/resources that can aid your search.
iSchool career advisors answer anonymously submitted questions about jobs and internships in this open-ended AMA online session.
Negotiation skills are important to leverage, and preparing a strategy in advance will help you navigate this process. This workshop covers responding to employer questions on salary expectations, asking for more time, considering multiple offers, and negotiating other aspects of your job besides salary.
Relationships are an invaluable part of finding your career fit, and this workshop covers tips and tricks on networking, catered to those who identify as introverts.
This workshop focuses on behavioral questions that typically arise in earlier rounds for internships and jobs.
This workshop offers advice on researching companies in advance, communicating effectively with employers, and making yourself stand out (the good way).
This workshop explains what cover letters should look like and provides time for you to practice drafting effective documents.
This workshop goes into detail on creating a strong resume, with a specific focus on crafting effective bullet points.
iSchool Career Advisors Dean and Nayoung explain what resources are available to iSchool students and give suggested actions students can take to start searching for internships and strengthening their job search. This presentation was a part of MSIM Career Preparation Day 2018.
MSIM '17 graduate Andy Herman gives insight and tips into the art of successful networking. This presentation was a part of MSIM Career Preparation Day 2018.
Listen in as recent MSIM alumni share information about their backgrounds and the different career pathways they have pursued upon completing the program. Alumni panelists include:
- Amanda Ouellette (MSIM ‘17), Analytical Lead at Google
- Elton Dias (MSIM ’15), Program Manager at Microsoft
- Rui Hua (MSIM ’16), Interaction Designer at Google
- Pranay Agarwal (MSIM ’18), Data Scientist at Smartsheet
- Divya Kothari (MSIM ’17), Cyber Risk Advisory Consultant at Deloitte
This presentation was a part of MSIM Career Preparation Day 2018
In this short video tutorial, Dean Kirkpatrick demonstrates how you can find UW iSchool alumni on LinkedIn to learn about what companies hire iSchool grads, typical career progression, and how to use this tool to increase your network at targeted organizations. The alumni tool can be found using this URL: http://www.linkedin.com/alumni
Are you looking to secure on-campus work as a student at UW? Check out this mini workshop led by iSchool Career Advisor Dean Kirkpatrick which covers FAQs about securing on-campus jobs and dives into specific examples of what UW hiring committees look for.
*Make sure to view this on the highest quality settings to better see the text on the application examples
A panel of recent MLIS alumni talk about the work they're now doing and offer advice on how current students can succeed in their job search.
- Jenn Parent (MLIS '17) - Archivist II, The Museum of Flight
- Leili Slutz (MLIS '17) - User Experience Researcher, Blink UX
- Katie Westlake (MLIS '13) - Network Planning & Acquisition Manager, Oracle
The discussion is facilitated by former iSchool career adviser Janet Matta.
So, you haven't yet secured a summer internship. Or maybe you're just foregoing one and instead focusing on school, or big travel plans. Still, you want to work on advancing your career. What to do? Watch this workshop! You'll leave with new ideas on how to obtain valuable experience outside the standard internship route.
This session was led by former iSchool career adviser Janet Matta.
Many of you are soon headed out into the "real world." You probably have a whole host of questions, and possibly concerns, about what comes next. Levi Sanchez of Millennial Wealth LLC, a financial planning firm focused on young professionals in tech, begins the workshop with a 30-minute presentation on personal finances. Former iSchool career adviser Janet Matta wraps up the session with general strategies for managing your career and relationships and your transition into the next stage of adulthood.
Note- *The video recording cut out the first ~10 minutes of this presentation*
Are you tired of job searching? Feeling like you might never find something, or starting to get desperate?
Watch this workshop to help rejuvenate and re-motivate your search. You'll leave the session with new tips and strategies that will allow you to move forward and overcome any sense of burnout you're feeling.
This session was led by former iSchool career adviser Janet Matta.
What kind of brand are you? Watch a recording of this webinar to learn how to craft your personal brand with practical suggestions you can implement immediately. This session was hosted by former iSchool career advisor Janet Matta.
Listen along for the iSchool's seventh annual Don't Be Awkward networking workshop hosted by Janet Matta. This recording will provide you with strategies for interacting with professionals in a confident, charismatic manner. It will also help you craft the perfect 30-second elevator pitch for making lasting impressions.
Former iSchool student Danny Dover discusses how today's students can use the unprecedented leverage of technology to live unprecedented lives. The lecture covers under-utilized financial strategies, productivity tips, freelancing as a career option, digital nomad trends, and, most importantly, a practical look at love in our ever-changing world.
In 2010, Dover created a "life list" of 150 things to do by a self-imposed deadline of May 25, 2017. The list included goals like becoming a published author, running a marathon, starting a company, being on a talk show, and even living in the wilderness for a month. He was tired of hearing about others' exciting lives and decided to jump-start his own life as if the end was in sight. In 2017, Danny completed his life list. Along the way, he accomplished some extraordinary things -- more importantly, though, he developed deep friendships and has been able to share his experiences with others. For more information on Danny, check out his blog.
Ever wonder what a PM at a technology company actually does? Curious about the difference between project, program, and product management? Want to know what competencies employers look for during the PM hiring process? Listen to this recording of our informational panel to learn answers to these questions and more. This panel includes a variety of PMs from different companies and features a moderated set of questions, and then opens up to Q&A from students.
• Elton Dias, Program Manager/Service Owner at Microsoft WDG Universal Store (MSIM 2015)
• Katie Westlake, Sr. Project Manager in Network Engineering at Wave Broadband (MLIS 2013)
• Jennifer Maurer, Project Manager at Decisive Data (INFO 2015)
• Fernando Centurion, Technical Product Manager at Adobe (MSIM 2016)
• Mike Warady, Sr. Technical Program Manager at Tableau (UW MBA 2012)
Listen as Kathy Wong with UW International Student Services gives a presentation on Optional Practical Training (OPT) which provides F-1 students with an opportunity for hands-on work experience related to related to their academic field of study (Information Science, Library Science, Information Management, Informatics). Watch this session to find information on eligibility requirements, instructions on how and when to apply for OPT, the STEM OPT Extension (for MSIM, INFO, and PhD students), and more. This is targeted for students graduating in the 2016-17 academic year.
Find additional information regarding OPT here
We’ve all heard about using LinkedIn for professional networking, but what about other social media platforms? Listen in as Dean Kirkpatrick, iSchool Career Advisor, discusses best practices for using Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to help you highlight (and hide) information to professional connections.
Interested in pursuing research as a current UW INFO student? How about after graduation? Considering getting your Ph.D.? Check out our research panel for Informatics students to see what opportunities in research can do for you both as a student and after graduation. Tune in to hear great advice from several panelists active in research.
Hear from three former MLIS students as they share about their post-graduate and career experiences.
Check out this short video on resume tips specifically for iSchool students.
Hear what representatives from local consulting companies have to say about contract positions and what it's like working in a contract consulting job.