Participating in volunteer work is a great way to explore career options and gain experience in your major area of study while helping your community. There are many opportunities for college students (and graduates) to gain work experience. A volunteer job can provide you with the opportunity to put into practice the theories you have learned in school while providing valuable community service. The trick is to match your interests to a volunteer work position.
- Business majors can add to their marketing talents by helping to promote a blood drive.
- Computer science majors can practice their programming skills by building websites for youth groups.
- Urban Study students can lend a hand by building a house for a charitable cause.
Many students at colleges and universities nationwide take time during school-year breaks to "shadow" a professional to learn more about the field and to experience working life. So what's the best way to go about becoming a job shadow?
Sometimes, you can set up shadowing experiences on your own, with family, friends, or acquaintances -- or by contacting a company or organization that you know offers the sort of experience you're seeking. But generally, it's best to work through Career Development, where counselors and advisors can provide guidance and opportunities. The Husky Career Network program also is an excellent place to start locating contacts.
Resources for Diverse Students and Multicultural Interests
Career-exploration resources for students of color, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ students and international students.
General Diversity-Related Resources:
- Equal Opportunity Publications
- Diversity Inc
- IM Diversity
- Riley Guide Diversity Resources
- Vault Online Career Library Diversity Profiles
- Campus Point
- Volunteer Match
- Seattle Community Network
Student of Color:
- Black Collegian Online
- National Association of Asian American Professionals
- Latino Professionals
- Asian Professionals
- UW Tacoma Office for Equity and Diversity
Individuals with Disabilities:
- Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities-Click on "Student Login" to fill out registration information
- Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities
- eSight Career Network
- UW Tacoma Disability Support Services
- ADA National Network
- Human Rights Campaign Employer Database
- OUT For Work
- Lambda Legal
- The Advocate-Covers wide spectrum of career-related issues