Career Dev

We know career development (preparing for interviews, getting internships, attending career fairs) can be daunting -- especially for first-generation students, so we've compiled resources and tips about everything career-related! You can also check out our posts on our Instagram!

1: Square photo with black background and gold and white sparkles. Title "Career Dev w/ GEN1" is in white along the left side of the photo. Subtitles "Giveaway included! We're back for more tips for your career journey! feat. first-gen tech rockstar Kasey Champion" is in white on purple and yellow backgrounds. The GEN1 logo is in the bottom left corner. 2: Square photo with black background and gold and white sparkles. Title "Kasey Champion" is in white along the left side of the photo. Body text "Kasey Champion is currently a Program Manager at Google and a CS instructor, teaching in high schools and at UW CSE, lecturing for classes like CSE 372 (Data Structures and Algorithms) and CSE 142 (Intro to Java Programming I)!" is in white on a purple oval background. A picture of Kasey Champion is centered in the photo. 3: Square photo with black background and gold and white sparkles. Title "Kasey Champion" is in white along the left side of the photo. Body text "'As the first person in my family to attend university I believe strongly that 'talent is universal but opportunity is not'. My technical education transformed my life, as well as my families, and now I am dedicated to providing that same opportunity and the economic empowerment it provides to all students.'" is in white on a yellow star background. 4: Square photo with black background and gold and white sparkles. Title "Tips from Kasey" is in white along the left side of the photo. Body text "Check out tips from Kasey in the next slides on how to stand out when it comes to career goals! + check out our giveaway on the last slide!" is in white on a blue circle background.5: Square photo with black background and gold and white sparkles. Title "Tip #1: Build a Project" is in white along the left side of the photo. Body text "If your goal is to work in software, spend your summer building software with a group. Don't wait for someone to give you and opportunity -- invent your own project, recreate your favorite app, contribute to open source, join a research lab -- anything! To stand out you want a group based out of class multi-month software project somewhere on your resume." is in white on a yellow rounded rectangular background. 6: Square photo with black background and gold and white sparkles. Title "Tip #2: Show it off" is in white along the left side of the photo. Body text "The best way to stand out from the crowd is with a real demo. If you are going to a job fair, have an example of your work ready to show anyone who is willing to look. The work doesn't have to be fancy, but having the follow through to design, develop, and then demo real software life is going to make you extra memorable and get the company excited to talk to you further." is in white on a yellow rounded rectangular background.

Tips from Kasey

Check out these career tips from first-gen CSE instructor & alum Kasey Champion!

1: Square photo with light blue background. Title "Employer Resources for Folks on F-1 Visas" is in white on purple background. Subtitle "Keyboard giveaway included!" is in white on light purple background. Centered in the photo is the GEN1 logo and a graphic of a woman and a man giving presentations. 2: Square photo with light blue background. Title "Check out the full PDF at" is in white on purple background. Body text [link] "tinyurl.com/F1-Visa-Employer-Resources" is in white and underlined on gray background. Below body text is a screenshot of a page from the link titled "What employers should know about hiring international students." 3: Square photo with light blue background. Title "International Students" is in white on purple background. Body text "International students represent a robust and talented candidate pool, and in a number of cases, can be hired in much the same way that domestic candidates can. While the most common student visa time at the University of Washington is an F-1 visa, and this overview provides insights to hiring a student on an F-1 visa, it should not be assumed that all international students hold an F-1 visa. Share these resources with your employer if needed!" is in white on gray background. 4: Square photo with light blue background. Title "Curricular Practical Training (CPT)" is in white on purple background. Below the title are screenshots from [link] tinyurl.com/F1-Visa-Employer-Resources titled "What is curricular practical training (CPT)?" 5: Square photo with light blue background. Title "Optional Practice Training (OPT)" is in white on purple background. Below the title are screenshots from [link] tinyurl.com/F1-Visa-Employer-Resources titled "What is post-completion optional practical training (OPT)?"

Employer Resources for Folks on F-1 Visas

Next up in our career dev series are employer resources for our international students on F-1 visas! There are a lot of unfamiliar terms and rules around getting hired as an international student, so we've provided a brief overview on these topics. More info can be found here!

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5 Tips for UW CSE Undergrads

Navigating the Allen School as a first gen student can be tough. Here are some tips to make the most out of your time in the Allen School! These tips come from a Medium article by Pooja Sethi, a Machine Learning Engineer and 2017 Allen School Alum.

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Job Hunt Resources

To prep for your job hunt, check out these existing UW & Allen School resources!

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Career Fair Conversation Strategies

Here are some strategies to effectively engage in conversation with company representatives at the upcoming winter quarter career fairs! Read more about these strategies in this post.

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Winter Career Fairs

At winter quarter career fairs, you get the opportunity to meet with Allen School affiliated companies and find opportunities for internships, new grad positions, and more. Read more about them in this post!