In most cases, you are no longer eligible to do internship after graduation. The only exceptions will be in the public sector with government or non-government organizations typically located in Washington D.C. or New York City. See our Post-BA Internship web section located under “INTERNSHIPS”.
Most employers expect at least a two to three year commitment. If you know for sure you will be leaving within the year, you may wish to seek a more temporary position or consider other options for that year before graduate school.
One of the many wonderful things about a liberal arts degree is that there are only a few careers that are NOT available. Engineering is probably out of the question. But nearly everything else is possible. If a UCSB philosophy undergraduate has been, in addition to his or her studies, developing computer and business skills, they can land a career position in real estate, banking, and even computer programming. Employers are very interested in what our students have been doing outside of class.
The highest success rate is the place closest to your heart and home—friends and family are the very best sources of valuable job leads. After that, GauchoLink is good, because it is the official job-hunting site for our university as well as several other colleges and universities linked into our system via the NACElink network.
In general, a larger firm will offer a more structured training program with a more specific assignment. A smaller firm often allows for you to wear several hats very quickly, but may expect you to learn as you go. Some of us prefer the more structured, formal, hierarchical work place of the larger organization versus those that like the informality and flexibility of a smaller one.
Career Services specializes in helping you if you are not sure what to do. We have great career resources and counselors who can help you to tap in to your interests and passions. We will help also you make a game plan for your career. We strongly recommend internships, information interviews, and our career assessment program until then.
The average job search ranges between three to six months. Many experts consider looking for a job a full-time job in and of itself. For this reason, many students choose to focus their job search efforts after graduation while finishing summer school and choose continue in their part-time position or simply take a “survival job” through a temp agency until they are clearer on what they want.
For students seeking employment with large companies and government agencies that recruit on-campus, fall quarter is the best time to begin your search by participating in the Campus Interview Program. Keep in mind less than 25% of our students get jobs through this program. Many smaller firms or high demand industries will advertise through the Internet or through their professional networks closer to when they need to fill the position. For this reason, spring quarter is the time to start seriously looking at options and applying.
Attend one of our Job Launch workshops at Career Services for help on resume and cover letter writing. Printed workshop schedules are available at the beginning of each quarter and on our website. You can also drop-in on a counselor at the Career Resource Room and have them review your resume/cover letter. Drop-in hours at the CRR are 11am to 4:00pm daily.
Finding the experience that best meets your needs takes time, energy, careful planning and research. Many employers begin to identify their summer employment needs in early January. Start now.