Comm Lead equips our students to succeed in the workplace and advance their careers. Resources include: alumni career panels; a career coach retained for Comm Lead; access to the University of Washington Career Services Center; internships, First Friday events; and Comm Lead master classes on trending industry topics, and much more.
As a professional graduate program, one of our primary goals is to position our students to make strategic career choices, advocate and pursue professional development opportunities, and engage intentionally with the Comm Lead network of alumni, faculty, and partner organizations as they pursue job opportunities.
Lynn Juve, job search strategist and founder of Bespoke Professional, will be presenting three workshops to Comm Lead students, along with small group coaching sessions. Workshops are listed on the Comm Lead calendar page, and include the following:
Job Search Networking that Doesn’t Feel Gross
In this first workshop, we will talk about how to create a strategic plan to network in a more effective and authentic way. We will cover how to:
- Find those who are most likely to help
- Expand your network beyond those you are already know
- Reach out to someone on Linkedin that you have never met
In this interactive workshop, we will create your networking messaging. We’ll lead participants through a framework, demonstrating with a couple of volunteers so that the participants can see an example. There will also be time for each observer to fill out their worksheet. The output will be networking messaging that can be used in person, email, or networking on LinkedIn.
Resume and LinkedIn Profiles
Often job seekers leave off their most marketable skills and do not portray themselves in a way that demonstrates what they are capable of. In this workshop, we will go through resume examples of three students to demonstrate what is missing and what type of information needs to be expressed differently. We will model how they can get this information onto their own resumes.
Small Group Coaching
Students will have a chance to sign up for small group sessions. Students will bring the work they have done in the large group session, and we will dive deeper into improving their specific materials, whether it is the networking plan, messaging, resume or Linkedin Profile.
Be sure to check our Events Calendar and social media channels for upcoming workshops and small group coaching sessions!
During the time between the Winter quarter workshop up to a week prior to the Spring quarter workshop, students are eligible for a resume or networking messaging critiques. To request a resume critique, please fill out this form. To request a networking messaging critique, attend the workshop or watch the workshop video. Then after you have completed the networking messaging worksheet according to the instructions, fill out this form to request a networking messaging critique.
Lynn is a Job Search Strategist and Founder of Bespoke Professional. Her mission is to empower job seekers to land their next growth role at a market value salary. Lynn made a career pivot in 2014, from teaching high school to a learning and development career in tech. After building a new team and spending the majority of her time hiring, she became frustrated with the hiring process and the barriers it created to diversity, gender equality, and pay equity. She is known for giving actionable next steps and explaining the reason why behind any action item.
UW Career & Internship Center empowers students and recent graduates to launch their careers and prepare for future transitions. The Career & Internship Center employs 16 staff across two locations – our main location in MGH and the Career Center @ Engineering in Loew. Part of their team works directly with students and recent graduates – providing information and advice on a range of career development and job search topics. Part of their team works directly with employers – interacting with them through our online jobs board, campus interview program, career fairs, and panels. They also employ student workers who assist with every facet of our operation.
What They Provide:
- One-to-one support through appointments, online resume review, and mock interviews
- Skill-building and exploratory workshops
- Internship resources
- Events such as job & internship fairs, employer panels, employer info sessions, and employer-led workshops
- Handshake (job/internship database) and on-campus interviews
- Online resources that can be filtered by topic, identity, or service
- Comprehensive print and virtual Career Guide
Comm Lead believes that high-quality internships provide valuable opportunities to gain exposure to careers while acquiring skills, contacts, and work products that will help our students upon entrance to the job market. Comm Lead encourages each student to be entrepreneurial in their quest for resources, contacts, and opportunities during their time in the program. You can take up to 15 internship credits toward your degree. Every week the Comm Lead Head of Outreach shares a jobs/internships email with opportunities curated for our students — but you are not limited to these. The program invites students to pursue any opportunities that align with their career goals. Current students can find details on finding and registering for internships on this page.
Past students have pursued internships at companies such as Facebook, APOPO, C+C and NBC Universal. Often these positions lead to jobs. A number of our students have even travelled overseas for their internships or as part of their graduate research with a faculty member. Countries visited include Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon, and Namibia.
“My favorite experience was my internship at Facebook’s Content Strategy department. I didn’t know what content strategy was as a discipline before starting Comm Lead, and the knowledge I gained from Andrea Zeller’s class allowed me to have an amazing summer in Silicon Valley.”
– Kathy Matosich, MCDM Alumna