Your user name and password allows you to browse part-time and full-time jobs by job functional areas. You can also preview upcoming company campus interviews (primarily in the fall and winter quarters), watch for information sessions presented on campus by our employers, store your resumes/cover letters as you apply for jobs, and track your internship progress. You can read more about GauchoLink on the website or come by the Career Services building to talk to our Career Reference Room peers.
Students seeking assistance with academic or non-academic job search materials or strategies and interview practice may schedule an hour appointment with a career counselor by calling 893-4412, or by stopping by the lobby desk at Career Services, Bldg. 599. When classes are in session, counselors are available for appointments Monday-Friday, 8:30am to noon and 1:00pm to 4:30pm, with the last scheduled appointment at 4:00pm. You can also take advantage of our walk-in counseling in the Career Resource Room from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Many students prefer to take a break after their bachelor's degree for a number of reasons, e.g., to travel, to earn money for graduate school, to gain work experience, or to take some time to clarify their career and academic goals before committing to a graduate program. Any one of these reasons is valid. Graduate schools accept students right out of undergraduate school as well as people who have not seen the inside of a university for fifteen years. It is more important that the "timing" of graduate school fit your career and personal time clock.
Yes. It is a good idea to contact the graduate admissions committee to find out how you can strengthen your application for the following year. Your candidacy for admissions will be considered anew, and your application will be reviewed and ranked on the merits of the new applications that are received for that year.
No. More often than not, your reasons for pursuing graduate study will be to gain further expertise in your undergraduate discipline, but it is not mandatory that you study the same discipline. In the case of Law, Social Work, Public Health, and Medicine, for example, there are no corresponding undergraduate disciplines. The entering graduate class will contain a wide variety of undergraduate majors and experiences. However, the graduate school may require you to take the core undergraduate courses within the discipline before considering your application.
Most people apply to somewhere between three and eight graduate schools, with five being the average number of applications submitted. Your preliminary research on graduate schools should give you an idea of the number of applications received versus the number of students accepted by each graduate school. This information will help you determine how many applications will give you the highest possibility of acceptance into a graduate program.
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.