Peace Out, 2020! Foster Career Services Looks Ahead to 2021.

Congrats on wrapping up Fall quarter, Foster students! It was wonderful to connect with so many of you through career coaching appointments and career events this quarter. You should be proud of your hard work as we all continue to navigate this ambiguous, virtual environment. We hope you take some time for self-care during your winter break. You deserve it.

If you’re looking to take advantage of the extra spare time during break to engage in career-related activities, we recommend you get started by listening to our Winter Quarter Preview recording for updates on the virtual recruiting landscape, suggestions for holiday break career activities, and an overview of our Winter quarter career events. We understand that navigating all-things career can be overwhelming. Take a peek at the Holiday Break Career Checklist our Career Coaches, Jessica and Lucas, put together if you’re looking for some suggestions on where to start.

Our center is open for coaching appointments (with the exception of university closures and the occasional days off for Career Coaches). Handshake is your go-to spot to schedule your holiday break career coaching appointment. Whether you spend the break familiarizing yourself with the Foster Undergraduates Canvas page, watching career webinars, refreshing your resume, conducting informational interviews, or doing whatever makes the most since for your career goals, know that our Career Coaches are here help you navigate anything on the Holiday Break Checklist- and don’t be surprised if they want to join you for a virtual hot cup of cocoa to get into the professional development spirit. ????

As we look forward to Winter quarter, know that our center (and career centers across UW) will offer a variety of virtual career events for you to further your professional development. To simplify things, you can think of the Winter Quarter career events in four buckets: recruiting, skill-building, networking, and career exploration events. We have some exciting events in store ranging from a Google Analytics workshop, a Women’s Networking Mixer, a Virtual Investment Banking NYC Trek, our Winter edition of the Foster Friday Career Series, and more! You will want to pack your (virtual) suitcase for our Foster Friday Career Series where we will take a (virtual) tour across the US to connect with alums working in various industries in Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, NYC, and Chicago. Maybe it’s just me, but “visiting” Los Angeles and Austin in January sounds like a great way to escape the Seattle grey. City-themed virtual backgrounds are encouraged. Events will be posted in Handshake over Winter break. 

Also new for Winter quarter, our awesome Peer Coaches will offer drop-ins during the lunch hour (12:30-1:30pm) and scheduled 15-minute express appointments with some evening options available. Check Handshake appointments to learn more about the options to connect with Peer Coaches.  

On behalf of Foster Career Services, here’s a video wishing you a happy holiday season ahead. Our center looks forward to continuing to support you and your professional development journey in 2021! Stay safe and healthy. Happy Holidays!

Post Written By: Jessica Matula, Undergraduate Career Coach

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