One of Seattle’s weekly papers, The Stranger is seeking a Sales Account Representative. A great potential opportunity for a performer and/or culturally focused person.
Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Want to learn more? Come listen to a returned Peace Corps volunteer from Uganda who will share her personal experience, answer your questions, and provide tips to guide you through the application process.
Peace Corps Info Session
Wednesday, February 23rd, 5:30pm
University of Washington • Gowen Hall 301
Contact the UW On-Campus Peace Corps Rep: Erin Larsen-Cooper
Office 134 Mary Gates Hall
Hours Mondays 9:00am to 1:00pm • Thursdays 9:00am to 12:00pm
Business Plan Competition
The UW Business Plan Competition is the marquee event for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business. In the past thirteen years, the Business Plan Competition has successfully:
Can non-business students enter the competition?
Yes. The Business Plan Competition is open to ALL students who are currently enrolled in a degree program in the state of Washington.
If I don’t find any team members that really seem like “the right fit” during the Networking Nights, is it OK to have a “team” of just one person?
It is OK to have just one person on a team. However, if you advance to the Investment Round, you’ll want to add a few people to your team to help you pitch to judges.
Can we submit a business plan into the competition for a business that is or may become a nonprofit / social business in the future?
The competition is open to all types of businesses. Every year there are nonprofit or socially responsible businesses in the competition.
Is there a BPC archive that has a synopsis of the BPC plans submitted so far?
Yes, but you must come to CIE to look at it. Be sure to call or email the CIE Office to set-up a time.
Can a student submit plans for more than one team?
You are allowed to participate in the Business Plan Competition with more than one team. It can be a logistical challenge to do that at the Investment Round and Sweet 16, but it is possible.
Am I allowed to have a faculty member as a mentor for the BPC?
You can have a faculty member as a mentor. We’re also happy to try to pair you with a professional in the field who could coach and mentor you through the process. Note, it’s much more effective if you have an idea of who you would like to talk to more about your idea. Coming and simply asking for a mentor will make it challenging for you to find the right person. You should do research to find out who you want to talk to.
I am part of a company looking to recruit students to assist in taking my idea through the Business Plan Competition. How should I go about doing this?
Here are two ways to meet students:
Can I compete two years in a row?
Students are welcome and encouraged to participate as many times as they want – as long as they are a student (enrolled in a degree seeking program in Washington state) or have a student on their team.
Can I change the name of the business at some point during the competition?
You are allowed to change your company name during the competition. We recommend that you reference the name change in your documents (one-page executive summary or business plan).
Can I have more than 4 members on my team?
You can have as many people on your team as your like; there is no official limit. Most teams are 3-5 people, but you can do whatever makes the most sense for you. However, only four teammates can pitch at a time during the Investment Round. If you have more than four team members, you can tradeoff.
Is the list of judges for the Business Plan Competition available to the participants?
We don’t release our judge lists for any of the rounds.
Do judges or coaches usually sign NDAs (non-disclosure agreements)?
Judges and coaches do not sign NDAs. This is common practice in the entrepreneurial world, especially when you are pitching your idea to investors. You should figure out a way to talk about your business, but not give away the confidential information that could be patented, trademarked, or that is simply your secret sauce.
Contact Sarah Massey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.685.9868 for more information.
Lately I’ve stumbled across some neat websites/blogs ArtsLink students & staff might find interesting. Check these out for articles, videos, ideas, contacts [get your network on!] and/or inspiration.
Let the Career Center know if we can support you in your efforts to build an exciting future/life.
Patrick Chidsey – Career Center – chidsey [ at ] uw.edu
Are you currently studying a foreign language? Already speak one fluently? Want to learn one in the near future?
This panel is for you! Come and hear from a diverse group of panelists who have used foreign language to leverage or enhance their careers. We will have employees from Microsoft, Seattle Municipal Court, Taste Catering (SAM), a professional artist, and more! So come on over to Smith 205 today, and get some great career advice!
Event Hosted by WordLink
Choices come in all shapes and sizes.
What should I major in? Should I attend grad school? Should I sleep-in or go for a jog? Do I want sweetener with my coffee? What about a career change? Should I go on that blind date? What about teaching or working abroad? What should I do this weekend? Should I do an internship?
Life and careers are full of all types of decisions. Choosing where to focus your energy is the ongoing challenge, and opportunity. You can pursue educational and professional endeavors that align well with your unique talents, gifts and skills you enjoy using. You can do the opposite as well – make decisions about your near and distant future that do not align well with the energizing ingredients that make you special.
My hope is that you choose the first option mentioned above, and invest time and energy in uncovering, embracing and sharing abilities / talents / core skills / activities which come naturally to you. Yes, I’m talking about strengths here. Merriam-Webster defines [strength] … as “a strong attribute or inherent asset”. Everybody has strengths. Creative expression. Public speaking. Active listening. Singing. Working with kids. Snowboarding. Learning new technology. Risk taking. Writing short stories. Painting. Repairing car engines & using tools. Taking initiative. Blogging. These are just a few examples. Everybody has their own unique combination of abilities that are inner motivated, core to who they are as a person. Core strengths are motivated skills that are used repeatedly in early and recent experiences in which you have done well and enjoyed what you were doing. Placing significant strengths at the nucleus of your life and career decisions, leads to maximizing more of your potential. Trust me.
Strengths grow and evolve over time. Core strengths stay fairly consistent throughout our lives, even if the venue, activity or environment where the strength is used, changes. One key to making informed and strategic decisions about our futures, is to take action to recognize, embrace and market our inner-motivated strengths. American icon Barbara Cook once said, “if you’re able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence.” Alternative rock band Audioslave sings, “to be yourself is all that you can do”. Good advice, now let’s get started.
The best place to look when identifying significant strengths, is to reflect upon good experiences throughout your life. Not just happy memories, but good experiences in which you did things well, you enjoyed doing them and you are proud of what you did.
Here are three questions to help you begin the process:
* What is the good experience that first comes to mind? Write a paragraph about it and try to be as detailed as you can.
* In your latest assignment, project, activity or work, which parts of it did you do best and enjoy most? Try for two or more examples.
* What activities give you the most enjoyment when you are not at work/school? These could include hobbies, volunteer work, ventures, projects with the family or anything else. Try for two or more examples.
Now that you are getting into the mindset, try to identify your top 10 good experiences. It does not matter when they occurred, but rather what you did to make the good experience happen and whether there were outcomes that you felt good about. These experiences can come from any part of your life: school, sports, employment, personal relationships, hobbies, travel, etc. Cover all parts of your life from childhood to the present. During this reflection, remember the definition of a good experience: 1) something you did well, 2) enjoyed doing and; 3) are proud of. For each of your top good experiences, write up one or two paragraphs using the STAR method, describing the Situation, the Tasks you completed, the Actions you took and the Results you felt good about. Try then to identify patterns of skills or talents which show up repeatedly in your top good experiences. Pay attention to the obvious and more subtle connections.
After you have identified a list of strengths appearing in your good experiences, take the next step to see if they are significant strengths or not. For each strength, identify three distinct examples of experiences in which you strongly applied that strength. It should be relatively easy to come up with three examples, if the strength you are testing is truly a significant strength. Try to test 6-12 strengths. I know this is not easy. This reflection is important. You can do it.
Consider making deeper examination around your strengths a priority for the near and distant future. Expand your network, conduct informational interviews and engage in conversations about strengths with others.
Many people leave decisions about life, careers and relationships up to chance. We often hope that things will just work out ok. Make decisions about your future a priority. Carve out the necessary time for these important decisions. There is so much about your life, attitude and future which is within your control. Be intentional.
Finally, try your best to shake the social conditioning we all face, of focusing on weaknesses and shying away from self promotion. When you back up what you say about yourself with evidence and examples, you are not bragging, just sharing the truth. Becoming your own-self-advocate takes time and practice. You can do it. Focus on your strengths. Build on your strengths. Incorporate insight about your strengths into career, life and academic decisions. You will end up thanking yourself in choosing that strategy.
The Career Center
University of Washington, Seattle
Senior Career Counselor
chidsey [at] uw.edu
When:Thursday, December 3, 2009, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Where: UW Career Center, 134 Mary Gates Hall
This workshop will answer your questions about how to start the process of looking and finding part-time or fulltime jobs and internships. It will provide specific steps on how to decide what to look for, where and when to search, and who to talk with. You will leave with resources to begin your research and search process.
Phone Contact: 206.543.0535
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Peace Corps Events on Campus this Week!
Peace Corps service is the opportunity of a lifetime. Volunteers have the opportunity to serve in the areas of education, health, environment, agriculture, and business. Please join us at the following events where returned volunteers will share their personal experience and tips to guide you through the application process.
Panel Discussion: The Peace Corps’ Global Response to HIV/AIDS
Wednesday, December 2 • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
William H. Foege Building • Bioengineering Room N-130
Thursday, December 3 • 4 to 5 p.m.
Career Services Center • 134 Mary Gates Hall
Contact the UW On-Campus Peace Corps Rep: Erin Larsen-Cooper
Office 134 Mary Gates Hall
Hours Mondays 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. • Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Career Center Workshops & Events for November 30 – December 5
NOTE: Unless indicated, no need to register or sign up for the following workshops. Just come!
**All The Career Center workshops are held in Room 134 Mary Gates Hall unless otherwise noted **
Tuesday, December 1, 3:30 – 5:00, Successful Interviews
Wednesday, December 2, 3:30 – 4:30, Resumes & Cover Letters
Thursday, December 3, 3:30 – 4:30, How to Find a Job
Friday, December 4, 1:30 – 2:30, Internships & Student Jobs