Career Services "Talk"

Understanding Career Services language is important for parents and families to have conversations with their students. Here are some key terms that you should know:

Assistant Career Advisors: UW Bothell students employed by Career Services that serve as peer mentors assisting students with resume and cover letter reviews and mock interview prep.

Career Assessments: Instruments used to help UW Bothell students and alumni discover a sense of direction. They assist students in learning more about who they are and how they can express their uniqueness in a challenging and rewarding career.

Career Counseling: 1:1 appointments with a career counselor to help inform students on choice of major, assess your interests, offer guidance on an action plan for career development, and assist in application materials for jobs, internships, graduate school, etc.

Employer Information Session: Presentation by employers, which highlights the organization and career opportunities available to students. These information sessions offer students a good way to meet an employer in a relaxed atmosphere.

Graduate School Advising: Learn the steps and processes needed to successfully apply to graduate programs. An advisor will help your student perfect their personal statement and strengthen their application, assisting them in becoming a competitive applicant in their respective program.

Internships: A short term opportunity to provide practical experience in an occupation or career field. An internship provides students, recent graduates, or those interested in a career change an opportunity to "test the waters" and gain "hands on" experience in a career.

Job and Internship Fair: Event featuring several employers from different industries coming to campus to recruit students for internships and full time positions.

Learn how to work a Career Fair, PDF

Job Shadow: Observations of a professional or group of professionals in a given industry. Is usually short term lasting from one day to a week or two.

Mock Interviews: 60 minute practice interview sessions with Assistant Career Advisors, where students are asked interview questions and provided feedback on the content of their answers, their delivery, and their professional appearance.

Networking and LinkedIn: Encourage your student to start networking and meeting individuals within different industries that they are interested in. Networking is a way to make contacts not get jobs, that being said networking can lead to potential job and internship opportunities. Students that utilize LinkedIn are also more advantageous when it comes to connecting with employers, UW alumni and other connections that can assist in their career navigation.

On-Campus Jobs and Work Study: Work-Study is a need based financial aid program that give students an opportunity to work on-campus while other on-campus positions are open to those individuals that do not qualify for work study.

Real Huskies: Learn about what UW Bothell grads are doing with their degrees.

Resume and Cover Letter Reviews: 30 minute sessions where students are given feedback on their resumes and cover letters. Assistant Career Advisors assist students in learning how to write a strong resume and customize it for positions they are applying for.