Career Planning


Level up in your career planning

  1. Volunteer in Your Field (or Outside Your Field). Getting involved with non-profit organizations is a great way to get real-world experience, help you strengthen your knowledge in the field, and aid in networking. Examples include: the Master Home Environmentalist Program with the American Lung Association, Washington Toxics CoalitionPeople for Puget SoundWashington State Labor Council, or Environmental Coalition of South Seattle.

  2. Narrow your Job Search. The UW Career & Internship Center hosts a number of Interest Communities that feature job opportunities and industry-specific resources. These include the Health Interest Community, the Physical/Life Science Interest Community and the Sustainability /Conservation/Energy Interest Community. Students should tap into Handshake where they can search for jobs and internships, as well as UW alumni associated with employers of interest. Many Environmental and Occupational Health professional associations have job boards for its members. 

  3. Tap into the DEOHS Network. Reach out to DEOHS Alumni on platforms like Husky Landing and LinkedIn to request an informational interview or career conversation. These low-stakes conversations will help you talk about what you are looking for and what you have to contribute. Take advantage of collaborations within your research project, lab, department, and reach out to your advisor and department faculty/staff.

  4. Refine your Resume. Customize your resume for the specific job for which you are applying. Highlight skills and experience most relevant to the job. Use a tool like Resume Worded to see out your resume might be evaluated by an applicant tracking system, to ensure that you are screened out before employers can see how you could contribute in unique ways.

  5. Attend Online and In-Person Job Fairs. Job fairs are handy for actually meeting potential employers, getting an interview or finding out if jobs and internships are available. The Career & Internship Center also hosts regular workshops, webinars and career fairs throughout the school year -- check out their calendar for more info on upcoming events. 

  6. Make an appointment. Current DEOHS students and recent alumni are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Dan Poux, DEOHS Manager of Experiential Learning & Career Services, to discuss their next steps. Topics could include internship/job searching, resumes, cover letters, interviewing and networking.  In addition, staff at the UW Career & Internship Center can also assist with every stage of the career development process, from finding your purpose to evaluating and negotiating job offers. All UW undergrads and recent alumni can schedule an appointment with one of their career coaches here.