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The World to Work Program

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The FIUTS World to Work Program, which takes place every Spring, offers students from around the world an opportunity to see local workplaces, meet professionals, and learn about institutional culture in the U.S.

World to Work Week 2015 will be May 11-15! See below for what's happening. We'll also be adding more events over the next weeks, so please check back here for more details.

Workshops, Presentations & Panel Discussions

What’s Next? Exploring Options for After Graduation

Monday, May 11, 5:30-7:00, HUB 214

Wondering what to do after you graduate, and what to expect? Join us for a panel discussion with international alumni who will share their own experiences, as well as UW staff who will talk about how to plan your next steps and what resources are available to help you. The panel will be followed by small breakout discussions so you can get your questions answered. This session is free and open to all students!

Job Searching in the U.S. For International Students: Strategies for Addressing Challenges

Tuesday, May 12, 3:30-4:30 PM, HUB 307

This workshop is free and open to all students! We will discuss some of the obstacles international students face when seeking work in the U.S. and approaches for addressing those challenges.  We will also review common cultural differences between the job search processes in the U.S. as compared to other countries. Presented by UW Career Center Counselor Katie Hearn Zang.

Culture Conversation Group: Professional Culture & Employment in the U.S.

Tuesday, May 12, 4:30-6:00 PM, HUB 337

Ever wondered what it's really like to work in the U.S. - or in another country? Join this casual conversation group for a discussion of professional culture in the workplace, and what the differences are between the U.S. and other parts of the world. Participants will be invited to ask questions, share their experiences, and learn from one another. No signup required – just drop in!

Social & Business Networking Workshop

Wednesday, May 13, 4:30-5:30 PM, HUB 340

This workshop is free and open to all students! Learn skills that you'll need in order to get your dream job or internship. The workshop will include information about how to feel confident when introducing yourself to new people, what to do when you meet someone you'd like to be connected with professionally, and how to use social media to connect with professionals in your field.

We recommend that you RSVP to, but it is not required. Please dress professionally and plan to come to the Networking Reception after the workshop to practice your new skills!

Professional Networking Reception

Wednesday, May 13, 6:00-7:30 PM, HUB 250

This event is free and open to all students and community members! Refreshments will be served, so come along to network with local professionals and who knows? Maybe you could meet someone that can help you get your dream job or internship. This event is free but students must register in advance at the FIUTS office in HUB 206 (registration begins May 1). Please dress professionally!

Informational Interviewing for Networking

Thursday, May 14, 3:30-4:30 PM, HUB 307

This workshop is free and open to all students! An Informational Interview is an informal meeting/conversation with a person to talk about a field/career/job of mutual interest and get advice and tips about how to prepare to enter the field. Benefits to an informational interview include networking, improving communication skills and talking about your own strengths to assess if you are a fit for the field.

In this workshop you'll learn how to connect with people to arrange an informational interview and what kinds of questions to ask in order to be successful.

Presented by UW Career Center Counselor Katie Hearn Zang.

How Facilitating Can Help You Get A Job

Thursday, May 14, 4:45-5:45 PM, HUB 307

A special workshop just for FIUTS facilitators! Did you know that your experience as a facilitator will look great on your resume? This workshop will give you tips and advice on how to describe your facilitator role in a way that will help potential employers to understand what great leadership experience you can bring to their company or organization! This event is free and no registration is required. Presented by FIUTS staff.


Local Workplace Tours

Tour of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - FULL

Tuesday, May 12

Meet at Burke Museum Café at 3:15 PM

Take a tour of the world’s largest philanthropic organization right here in Seattle! You’ll first get a guided tour of the Visitor’s Center and then a tour of the offices led by a Gates Foundation staff member, who will then be available to answer your questions. This is ideal for students who are interested in philanthropy, global development, global health, international affairs, biotech/pharma, medicine, public policy, international relations, and/or U.S. education. This event is free but students must sign up in advance in the FIUTS office in HUB 206. Space is limited.

Tour of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Friday, May 15, 12:15-2:30 PM

Meet at Burke Museum Café at 12:15 PM

Learn about the history of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, see the main campus facilities, and find out how their scientific breakthroughs have led to thousands of lives being saved worldwide. The group will meet at 12:15 PM at the Burke Museum to travel together to the Fred Hutchinson campus; the tour starts at 1:00 PM and lasts approximately 1.5 hours. This event is free but students must sign up in advance in the FIUTS office in HUB 206 (signups begin May 1). Space is limited.


One-On-One Professional Meetings

World to Work includes an opportunity for students to meet one-on-one or in small groups with local professionals in their fields of interest for job shadowing, workplace visits, or informational interviews. To apply to be connected with a volunteer mentor for a one-time meeting, fill out the application here. Please note that these meetings are for informational purposes only, and should not be considered an opportunity to get a job with any of the employers participating.

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Upcoming Events
Explore the World at Orca K-8 Feb 10, 2016 04:15 PM - 05:30 PM — Orca K-8
Culture Conversation Group Feb 10, 2016 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM — HUB 340
Explore the World at Beacon Hill International School Feb 11, 2016 03:05 PM - 04:05 PM — Beacon Hill International Elementary School
Valentine's Day Party with Senior Citizens Feb 11, 2016 04:30 PM - 08:00 PM — Meet Outside the Burke Museum Cafe
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