Career Action Guide
This Career Action Guide can help students be intentional about building experiences into their education, complementing their academic achievement.
The Career Guide is a resource for students in different stages of career planning and decision making. It provides information and activities on job search strategies, resume preparation, internships, a LinkedIn profile checklist, and researching graduate school.
Career decision pyramid
Not sure where to start? Then start here. Follow the Career Decision Pyramid to discover where you are in regards to your career choices.
What can I do with this major?
What Can I Do With This Major? provides a series of links and handouts provides an excellent starting point for you to think about job titles, possible employers, and ways to build experience in different career fields. Explore multiple majors to learn about a wide range of career opportunities.
Career exploration sites
Candid Career has 7,000 short video clips of professionals sharing the ins and outs of their industry, field, and position.
Interest Community pages have advice, videos, alumni stories, and resources related to 7 career interest areas.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
Vault Guides help students explore careers, industries and more.
WOIS (The career information system)
Use WOIS to explore careers, create goals for your future, make educational plans to reach your goals, and find the training programs and the right schools to help you achieve your dreams. Whether you are ready to find a job right now, or you want to plan for more education and future employment, WOIS has the exploration and planning tools for YOU!
Access WOIS via the UW network:
- Visit https://www.lib.washington.edu/
- Click “Use the Libraries”
- Click “Your Library Account”
- Sign in with your UW Net ID
- In the Basic Search, type “Welcome to WOIS”
If this method doesn’t work, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a site key to access www.wois.org.
This 30-minute online assessment, the Clifton StrengthsFinder, has helped students gain insights into how to use their talents to achieve academic success, to explore careers, and in leadership development
Have you considered attending graduate school? Does your career goal require an advanced or graduate degree? Learn the steps to take to apply to graduate school.
Professional and continuing education
Advance your career today! UW Bothell offers a variety of certificate programs to help you gain new skills. UW Bothell also offers courses through Professional and Continuing Education at the UW Bothell and Seattle campuses.
Salary, budgeting and finances
Money can be an important topic to research before you decide on a particular job or career path. Be smart about your finances.
BCORE 211 – University to Career: How Today’s Students will Thrive in Tomorrow’s Workplace
This course will examine and practice principles that will allow students to take their university experience into the workplace and lay a foundation for a rewarding career. The coursework focuses on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) career readiness competencies that are essential for workplace success. Students will develop the skills employers look for when they hire, receive a thorough grounding in career competencies while building a network of academic and career support, and explore and understand how diverse identities and experiences play a vital role in today’s changing workplace. Sample syllabus.
BISSKL 250 – Career Exploration
This course addresses personal, educational and career choices. The class will read about, discuss and reflect on the work world, career options, academic pathways and the process of selecting a major and/or career path. Students will research and gather information, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and learn how to make quality career decisions. This will involve career exploration, life/career planning, identifying resources, and developing goals based on individual preferences, skills, life and work values and interests. Sample syllabus.
BIS 495 – Worlds of Work
This is the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences internship course. It is designed to integrate the knowledge and skills cultivated in the IAS program with hands-on work experience across a variety of internship sites and collaborative self-reflection on the changing demands and possibilities of work. The learning and skills students gain from the work they do in their internship will be complemented with readings, field research, and online discussions. The is largely an online course meeting only three times throughout the quarter. Sample syllabus.
CSS 290 – Topics in Computing
This course will address personal, educational, and career choices. Students will examine strengths, interests, and goals, and use the results to research their desired career. Students will research the best courses (minors, electives) to develop needed skills. The course will involve life/career planning, goals development, resource identification, and career exploration, based on individual preferences, interests, skills, and work values.