Careers by Option
Click on the options below to read perspectives from alumni, professors and current students on why they like their option and what types of careers Foster students can have when they graduate. Also, get insight on what companies hire particular options! A list of jobs and internships can be found on Husky Jobs.
What is Accounting?
Often referred to as the language of business, accounting is the development of the financial information necessary for management decisions in both the private and public sectors. Accounting communicates this information to management, investors, creditors, financial intermediaries, consumers, and employees. In addition to preparing financial statements and recording business transactions, accounting also includes computing costs and efficiency, participating in mergers and acquisitions, overseeing quality management, and more. Apart from more technical aspects, accounting helps develop skills applicable to any line of business, such as critical and strategic thinking, problem solving, and decision-making abilities.
Auditors evaluate the validity of companies’ financial statements, and ensure these statements have been prepared and reported accurately. Internal auditors provide the board, audit committee, and executive management with an analysis of the corporation’s risk management, control, and governance processes. External auditors assure investors and creditors that audited corporations’ financial statements are accurate and in accordance with accounting laws.
Tax accountants prepare tax returns and create tax strategies for both individuals and corporations. When working with corporate clients, tax accountants focus on the U.S. corporate income tax return, form 1120; when working with individual clients, they focus on form 1040. Other issues that tax accountants help clients with include determination of taxable income, determining the applicable tax rate, recording appropriate deductions, and computing deferred tax credits and liabilities.
Managerial accountants use accounting information to help managers make day-to-day and short-term decisions. The practice extends to three areas: strategic management (advancing the role of the managerial accountant as a strategic partner), performance management (developing the practice of business decision-making and managing the performance of the organization), and risk management (identifying, measuring, managing, and reporting risks to the achievement of the organization).
International accountants are concerned with applying accounting principle practices in different countries. This encompasses patterns of accounting development overseas, international and regional harmonization, foreign currency translation, foreign exchange risk, international comparisons of consolidation accounting and inflation accounting, and evaluation of foreign subsidiaries.
Public-sector accountants help government agencies and municipalities record financial transactions on a local, state, or federal basis. In particular, public-sector accountants help track funds generated from tax revenues and expenditures related to projects. They make sure that revenues are received and spent in accordance with laws and regulations, as well as examine the records of government agencies and audit private businesses whose activities are subject to government regulations or taxation.
Financial accountants prepare financial statements and other financial disclosures for the companies they work for, as well as analyze the financial information of outside companies for strategic purposes; for example, to consider investing in a firm, entering a joint venture, or pursuing an acquisition. A financial accountant must be aware of current developments in accounting as well as stay abreast of changing regulatory requirements and general economic conditions. The financial information and analytical expertise of financial accountants are used by many parties to make informed decisions, such as managers and executives within firms and any outside party who desires to better understand a company’s financial condition and performance.
- Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org BAP is an honorary organization that promotes the study and practice of accounting, finance, and information systems. The UW Delta Chapter members have the opportunity to learn about careers within accounting, finance, and information systems; interact with national and regional firms; network with fellow classmates and professors; and participate in community service events.
- National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Email: email@example.com NABA is a national organization that addresses the professional needs of its members and builds leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance profession with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors. NABA focuses specifically on enhancing the opportunities for African American students in the accounting, finance, and business related professions.
- Case competitions
Participating in case competitions on campus are a great way to apply the knowledge learned in class to a real-world situation. Foster hosts six different business competitions every year for undergraduates—topics range from creating actual business plans to solving current business problems. Additionally, individual firms such as the Big 4 host more specialized case competitions that allow students to apply skills and theories learned from accounting courses.
Public Accounting Recruitment Timeline
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA) CPAs have the authority to audit the work of other financial professionals—in the public accounting firms, the high ranking titles and levels require a CPA license. The CPA exam consists of four sections: auditing and attestation, business environment and concepts, financial accounting and reporting, and regulation. To be eligible to sit for the CPA exam, one must have completed at least 225-quarter hours of college education and have a baccalaureate degree with a concentration in accounting from an accredited university. The 225-credits requirement can be achieved either through a fifth year of undergraduate education, or a Masters in Public Accounting program.
- Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) The CIA designation is the only globally accepted certification for internal auditors. The CIA exam is offered in four parts: the internal audit activity’s role in governance, risk, and control; conducting the internal audit engagement; business analysis and information technology; and business management skills. All CIA candidates must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, as well as complete a minimum of two years of internal auditor or related work experience.
- Certified Management Accountant (CMA) The CMA credential speaks to one’s mastery of financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics. In order to earn a CMA certification, all candidates must be a member in the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, and two years of work experience in management accounting or financial management. The CMA exam consists of two parts: financial planning, performance and control, and financial decision making. Candidates can complete the CMA program in either six months or over three years to gain certification.
Links to Vault Guide
- Vault Career Guide to Accounting
- Top 50 Accounting firms based on quality of life rankings and overall prestige
- Helpful Hints if the link does not work: Go to the Foster Library main webpage. Click the upper right hand corner to log into the system using your UW NetID & password. You can then utilize the “Guide” tab to find the “Vault Career Guide Accounting.” Alternatively, you can search “Vault Career Guide to Accounting” and it should come up.
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What is Entrepreneurship?
Entrepreneurship can be defined and examined in several different ways. Formally, it can be defined as the capacity and willingness to undertake conception, organization, and management of a productive venture with all attendant risks, while seeking profit as a reward . The entrepreneur is then a person who sees an opportunity and acts upon it. Entrepreneurs are leaders who are creative and innovative, ambitious and driven, but at the same time are dynamic and energetic.
The entrepreneurship option prepares students for an entrepreneurial career by offering a combination of coursework and practical experience. The required coursework lays out the fundamentals of entrepreneurship including the necessary tools and perspectives in strategy, marketing, and finance.
Entrepreneurship in New Ventures
New Ventures (more commonly referred to as start-ups) involve having a strong foundation in key functional business areas, such as financial organization, negotiation, management, and product development. It is also important to be knowledgeable with finance, accounting, marketing, and management. These skills are essential because while having a great idea is part of entrepreneurship, your idea will not equate to success without a well-developed business model.
Entrepreneurship in Large Organizations
Another pathway to becoming an entrepreneur is to spend time working for a larger or more established firm. These firms also have opportunities for you to exercise your creativity by finding new ways to innovate products or services. Entrepreneurial activity in this environment centers on managing innovation and product development, as well as turnarounds (the process of reorganizing and managing change within a company or unit).
Private Equity Financing: Venture Capital and Leverage Buyouts
Venture capital firms continuously seek innovation and new opportunities by investing in other individual’s ideas. Private equity financing provides financial and advising support to many start-up companies whom need the support to operate. Many investors are forward thinkers and are constantly looking for the “new thing” to contribute funds to.
The goal of social entrepreneurship is to apply entrepreneurial business principals to provide social benefits in areas such as the environment, workforce development, education, and health. Implementing social entrepreneurial ideas enables sustainability and growth. While some will start or work for social ventures, others will participate in social entrepreneurship as business or financial consultants, social venture capital investors, mentoring entrepreneurs, or as board members for these organizations.
- Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship
One of the top entrepreneurship programs in the country, the UW’s Buerk Center integrates entrepreneurship into the fabric of the University of Washington. The Buerk Center is focused on creating the next generation of entrepreneurial talent, as well as producing an exciting collection of student-led startups. It is best known for its annual Business Plan Competition (since 1998), the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (2009), the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program (2006) for high-potential undergraduates, and the Jones + Foster Accelerator, which “graduates” up to 10 new companies each year. Ready to pursue your entrepreneurial goals? Check out what the Buerk Center has to offer.
- Startup UW
The mission of Startup UW is to connect students with the opportunities, resources, and most importantly the people they need to fully pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
- Entrepreneur Week – Fall Quarter
Entrepreneur Week is a special series of workshops, speaking engagements and networking opportunities to help engage and excite students about starting new companies. This fun, annual event uses the region’s resources, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, work spaces, big thinkers-–and some special guests–-to familiarize students with the concepts of venture capital, technology commercialization, green ventures, and social media—and so much more.
- Business Plan Competition – Winter Quarter
The UW Business Plan Competition is the marquee event for the Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the Michael G. Foster School of Business. This competition allows students to promote their ideas and explore new venture creation. It also provides an opportunity for business and science students to present new business plans to Seattle area venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and investors. Over the last fifteen years, over $1 million in prize money has been awarded to 105 student companies.
- Network and Resource Nights – Winter Quarter
This is a great way to prepare for the Business Plan Competition, the Environmental Innovation Challenge, and beyond. Topics discussed include marketing in a competitive environment, business models and financials, and legal issues for start-ups.
- UW Environmental Innovation Challenge – Spring Quarter
If you’ve got a passion for cleantech and the desire to make an impact, the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge is for you. In the EIC, interdisciplinary student teams define an environmental problem, design a solution, produce a prototype, and create a business summary that demonstrates market opportunity and the potential for impact.
- The Foster blog
A blog filled with faculty perspectives, alumni happenings, student experiences, Seattle and Pacific Northwest community connections, and a taste of life around the Foster School. This blog focuses on Foster School activities and options, such as entrepreneurship and global social entrepreneurship.
- Seattle Networking Guide for Entrepreneurs
This resource contains a list of entrepreneurial organizations in the Seattle area. The guide serves to connect people and companies to Seattle’s most vibrant organizations for professional and social networking, civic engagement, volunteering, strategic community relations and business development.
What is Finance?
Finance is a broad ‘industry’ and encompasses many different career paths. Your finance curriculum will provide you with fundamental financial management tools to succeed in analyzing and executing the financial aspects of managerial decisions. You’ll make use of your mathematical skills and ability to take your organization’s or client’s goals, resources and options into consideration while making your suggestions for their continued financial growth. The opportunities with a finance degree span many areas including corporate and international financial management, personal financial planning and investment services. Brokerage firms, commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, and other financial intermediary companies employ finance graduates.
- Financial Analysis
Financial analysts play an integral role in today’s competitive economy. Since the 1970s, job opportunities in finance and banking have flourished, due to the increasing complexity of investment options. A financial analyst will research a client’s or organization’s financial status, including their history, risk tolerance, and current expenditures and investments. They make recommendations based on financial goals and business environments.
- Financial Consulting
Financial consultants provide advice on securities pricing, strategies for creating shareholder value, business valuation, economic forecasts and analysis, and input into treasury management.
- Finance Management
Financial managers direct financial reporting, investment activities, and cash management strategies at any number of professional or government organizations. Financial management calls on creative thinking skills and one’s ability to see the broad business picture in order to direct one’s team accordingly.
- Commercial Banking
While the banking sector continues to consolidate, more people are employed in commercial banking than any other part of the financial services industry.
- Corporate Finance
A career in corporate finance leads to helping companies find the money to run their business, make it grow, make acquisitions, plan for the business’s financial future, and manage any cash on hand. One might work for a large multinational company or a smaller firm with high growth prospects. The key to performing well is to work with long-term goals. Financial officers concentrate on areas such as liquidity, flexibility, compliance with laws, and regulatory support.
- Investment Banking
Investment bankers work within companies and governments to issue securities, help investors trade securities, manage financial assets, and provide financial advice. Smaller firms may be oriented towards bond trading, M&A advisory, technical analysis, or program trading.
- Money Management
Money managers hold stocks and bonds for institutional clients and are on the buy-side of Wall Street. Money managers must be proficient in the latest sophisticated quantitative methodology. Many people cross over into money management after years of experience in selling positions in investment banks. A solid background in portfolio theory, fixed income investments, and CFA certification is required.
- Financial Planning
Financial planners concentrate on helping individuals with their financial futures. This work requires excellent interpersonal skills. A good financial planner understands investments, taxes, and estate planning issues. Financial planners can practice within a company or as a sole proprietor if they have strong entrepreneurial skills.
Careers in insurance involve helping individuals and businesses manage risk to protect themselves from catastrophic losses and to anticipate potential risk areas. Careers in this area involve helping clients understand their insurance needs and their options, and selecting appropriate policies. Career options in insurance include underwriters, sales representatives, asset managers, and customer service representatives.
- Real Estate
Career options in real estate include title insurance, construction, mortgage banking, property management, real estate appraisal, brokerage and leasing, and real estate development. Real estate brokers also need a regional license.
- Dow Dawgs Finance Association (DDFA) Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgDDFA’s main goal is to serve as an intermediary between students and professionals working in the fields of: investment banking, asset management, sales, trading, corporate treasuries, and risk management.
- Husky Traders Email: email@example.comHusky Traders seeks to provide students with an opportunity to grow both academically and professionally through experiential learning. Students come together from a variety of academic disciplines in order to share their insights on market developments and gain from communicating with and challenging the views of their peers.
- Montlake Consulting Group (MCG) Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMCG is a student ran consulting group dedicated to helping real businesses with the most difficult issues they face. Comprising of a broad range of students they utilize their variety of experiences to best serve their clients.
- Undergraduate Management Consulting Association (UMCA) Email: email@example.comUMCA seeks to inform students, and create interest for careers in consulting. UMCA helps students prepare for careers in consulting by providing extracurricular education, training, and exposure to consulting.
- Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Those with the CFP designation have demonstrated competency in all areas of financial planning. Candidates complete studies on over 100 topics, including stocks, bonds, taxes, insurance, retirement planning and estate planning. The program is administered by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. In addition to passing the CFP certification exam, candidates must also complete qualifying work experience and agree to adhere to the CFP Board’s code of ethics and professional responsibility and financial planning standards.
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) This designation is offered by the CFA Institute (formerly the Association for Investment Management and Research [AIMR]). To obtain the CFA charter, candidates must successfully complete three difficult exams and gain at least three years of qualifying work experience, among other requirements. In passing these exams, candidates demonstrate their competence, integrity and extensive knowledge in accounting, ethical and professional standards, economics, portfolio management and security analysis.
- Certified Fund Specialist (CFS) As the name implies, an individual with this certification has demonstrated his or her expertise in mutual funds and the mutual fund industry. These individuals often advise clients on which funds to invest in and, depending on whether or not they have their license, they will buy and sell funds for clients. The Institute of Business and Finance (IBF), formerly known as the Institute of Certified Fund Specialists, provides training for the CFS, and the course focuses on a variety of mutual fund topics, including portfolio theory, dollar-cost averaging and annuities.
- Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
Individuals with the ChFC designation have demonstrated their vast and thorough knowledge of financial planning. The ChFC program is administered by the American College. In addition to successful completion of an exam on areas of financial planning, including income tax, insurance, investment and estate planning, candidates are required to have a minimum of three years of experience in a financial industry position.
- Chartered Investment Counselor (CIC) Given by the Investment Counsel Association, this is a designation that CFA charterholders who are currently registered investment advisors can study for. The focus of the CIC program is portfolio management. In addition to proving their high-level expertise in portfolio management, these individuals must also adhere to a strict code of ethics and provide character references.
- Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) This designation focuses on asset allocation, ethics, due diligence, risk measurement, investment policy and performance measurement. Only individuals who are investment consultants with at least three years of professional experience are eligible to try to obtain this certification, which signifies a high level of consulting expertise. The Investment Management Consultants Association offers the CIMA courses.
- Chartered Market Technician (CMT): To achieve this designation, an individual must pass three exams offered by the Market Technicians Association (MTA) and agree to adhere to the MTA code of ethics. Individuals with the CMT designation have a demonstrated expertise in the field of technical analysis. Often CMTs will work for hedge funds and money management firms.
- Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist (CPA and PFS) Those holding the CPA designation have passed examinations on accounting and tax preparation, but their title does not indicate training in other areas of finance. So, those CPA holders who are interested in gaining expertise in financial planning in order to supplement their accounting careers need to become certified as personal finance specialists (PFS). The PFS designation is awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to those who have taken additional training and already have a CFP designation.
- Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) This designation is issued by the American College, and those who hold it work mostly as insurance agents. The CLU designation is awarded to persons who complete a 10-course program of study and 20 hours of exams. The course covers the fundamentals of life and health insurance, pension planning, insurance law, income taxation, investments, financial and estate planning, and group benefits.
Students, alumni and a professor share their perspectives on the Finance option here at Foster.
What is Human Resources?
Human Resource Management encompasses a variety of areas dealing with how an organization sources, grows, and retains its employee workforce. Human Resources is a critical business function in both non-profit and for-profit companies. Talented individuals that have high people, leadership, creativity, and communication skills would do well with a career in Human Resources.
- Organizational Development: Organizational development is the conscious effort of planning ahead to further an organization’s significance and viability in the workplace. A career in organizational development is geared towards transitioning individuals, groups, or organizations from a current state to a future one, which is also known as Change Management.
- Change Management: An individual specializing in this area of knowledge works with the company’s employees to ensure they know how to deal with change in the workplace. Another area of organizational development focuses on the transitions associated with outsourcing. As more companies turn to outsourcing areas of their business, HR leaders are needed to ensure the company’s leadership and organizational structure is functional.
- Diversity and Labor Relations
- Diversity specialist: aims to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and help with the growth of their current employees.
- Public policy advocate: focuses on work-related issues that are associated with various interest groups and societies.
- Public agency staff: works with specific public agencies to ensure various government laws on discrimination are enforced.
- Human Capital: Human capital is interested in coming up with new methods to invest in their employees to ensure they are fostering their growth and keeping the talent within the company. HR leaders in this field focus on the trends in human resources to develop leadership within the company. Developing a company’s talent pool by sourcing the right people for the jobs at hand is a talent of its own.
- Leadership Development: Leadership development specialists strive to better the quality of leadership within an individual and organization. A person in this field specializes in implementing executive retreats, online learning courses, and other team building exercises within the company to enhance leadership within the company.
- Organizational Behavior: Organizational behavior is the study of individuals and their behavior within the context of the organization in a workplace setting. It is an interdisciplinary field that includes sociology, psychology, communication and management . Specialists in this area focus on enhancing the overall business workplace setting to foster employee productivity and work performance.
- Promotional Advancement & Compensation: As employees grow within the organization, they require recognition, compensation, or benefits as a reward of their hard efforts. People focusing in this area ensure that these three forms of incentives are meeting the needs of their employees.
With a Human Resources degree there are a wide variety of career opportunities. Due to the varied nature of the HR field there is not a set list of major firms. At every company, there is a need for people with an HR background so the company can hire and retain the best employees.
However, there are also firms that provide HR consulting services to help companies in fields involving human capital, health and benefits, mergers and acquisitions, communication, retirement, and recruitment process outsourcing.
Please note: this is not an exhaustive list
- UW Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. SHRM is the world’s largest HR association and strives to further professional standards, development and certification. The group is open to anyone who wants to better investigate the Human Resource industry, wants the benefits from what HR can teach or plans on making a career out of Human Resources.
- Seattle Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Email: email@example.com. Similar to the UW SHRM chapter, the Seattle SHRM chapter serves the needs of HR professionals in the Seattle community.
Please note: certifications listed below may or may not be mandatory for entrance
- Professional in Human Resources (PHR) The PHR certification focuses on the technical and operational aspects of HR practices. This certification is for HR professionals who focus in program implementation and have responsibilities that focus on the HR department instead of the whole organization. The PHR exam is divided into six parts: business management and strategy, workforce planning and employment, human resource development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and risk management. Typical candidates with a bachelor’s degree have two to four years of professional work experience in all HR disciplines before taking the exam.
- Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) The SPHR certification is designed for HR professionals who design and plan HR policies instead of aid in implementation, understand the business beyond the HR function, and have ultimate accountability in the HR department. The SPHR exam is divided into six parts: business management and strategy, workforce planning and employment, human resource development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and risk management. Typical candidates with a bachelor’s degree have a minimum of five years of professional HR experience.
- Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) The GPHR certification is designed for HR professionals that have HR responsibilities that cross national borders, understand the strategies of globalization versus localization of HR policies and programs, and design organizational programs, processes, and tools to achieve worldwide business goals. The GPHR exam is divided into five parts: strategic HR management, global talent acquisition and mobility, global compensation and benefits, organizational effectiveness and talent development, and workforce relations and risk management. Typical candidates with a bachelor’s degree have a minimum of three years of professional HR experience, with two out of the three years being global HR experience.
Students, alumni and a lecturer share their perspectives on the Human Resources/Operations option here at Foster.
What is Information Systems?
Information Systems (IS) deals with the use of information technologies in businesses and organizations. Organizations will thrive only if they effectively make use of, design, and implement information systems to meet the organization’s tactical and strategic needs. Successfully managing the development and use of information systems presents a difficult challenge, given the rapid pace of technological change. IS specialists must possess a thorough understanding of the technology and the knowledge to use that technology to support core business functions.
With an Information Systems degree there are a wide variety of career opportunities. Due to the varied nature of the Information Systems field there is not a set list of major firms. However, every company needs people with an information systems background. In the business world technology is paving the pathway for the success, and information technology is critical to a business’ sustainability. Whether one is providing IT support or working on the implementation of a new database there is a need for people with Information Systems knowledge.
- Network Engineers and Administrators Responsible for the maintenance of computer hardware and software, including deploying, configuring, maintaining, and monitoring active data network or converged infrastructure environments and related network equipment.
- Software Engineers Responsible for design, development, operation, and maintenance of software, and the study of these approaches.
- Systems Analysts, Integrators, or Designers Responsible for designing and developing new systems, solving challenging computer-related problems, and integrating systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
- Database Managers or Administrators Responsible for the installation, configuration, upgrade, administration, monitoring, and maintenance of databases in an organization.
- Interface Specialists Provide advanced integration, workflow, and reporting capabilities that improve productivity and financial performance.
- Product Support Professionals Responsible for setting up and maintaining websites, solving network problems, and fixing hardware problems.
- Programmers and Programming Analysts Responsible for writing computer software, and can refer to a specialist or to a generalist who writes code for many kinds of software.
- Knowledge Officers Responsible for managing intellectual capital and can help an organization maximize the returns on investment in knowledge, including people, processes, and intellectual capital.
- Information Officers Responsible for the information technology and computer systems that support enterprise goals.
- Managers of Information Systems Plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization, and implement appropriate computer systems to meet organization goals.
- Academic Researchers or Information System Educators Research covers the development of IT-based services, the management of IT resources, and the use, impact, and economics of IT with managerial, organizational, and societal implications, as well as professional issues affecting the IS field.
- IT Consultants Advise businesses on how best to use information technology to meet their objectives, and often estimate, manage, implement, deploy, and administer IT systems on behalf of the business.
Students, alumni and a lecturer share their perspectives on the Information Systems option here at Foster.
- Business Information Technology Society (BITS) Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Business Information Technology Society (BITS) is a student-run organization within the University of Washington Business School. The objective of BITS is to provide members with a valuable edge for starting careers in information systems. In addition, students should be encouraged to join the various other student organizations and get involved through their leadership opportunities. A variety of the on campus student organizations have an executive information systems position.
- The American Society for Information Science & Technology Email: email@example.com
A national cross-disciplinary organization for information professionals, providing a communication link between researchers and practitioners in associated fields. “Our mission is to advance the information sciences and related applications of information technology by providing focus, opportunity, and support to information professionals and organizations.”
- Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) Bridging the gap between business and technology, the MSIS program is a four – quarter standardized program that further enhances IS students’ educational and technical skills. By identifying appropriate technological solutions to real world business problems, the MSIS degree provides a challenging yet, practical educational experience.
Students, alumni and a lecturer share their perspectives on the Information Systems option here at Foster.
What is Marketing?
Marketing connects a company with its customers, suppliers, distributors, and community. Marketing consists of conducting analyses of customers and competitors, designing focused marketing strategies, and developing marketing programs and performance measures. The field integrates the understanding of economics, sociology, psychology, and statistics to develop marketing systems and processes, and applies this knowledge to specific marketing management problems. An estimated one-quarter of the workforce is employed in marketing, making the general field of marketing one of the largest areas of employment opportunity in business today. Students completing the Marketing Option have the essential knowledge for a variety of positions in areas related to the movement of goods and services from producer to consumer.
- Advertising/Promotion Advertising positions are available in advertising departments within companies, media companies, and agencies.
- Public Relations/Communications Public relations professionals manage company communications and relations with the media, investors, community members, and legislators.
- Market Research/Marketing Analysis If you are an analytical person who enjoys numbers and analysis, and enjoys tracking consumer behavior, then market research may be the field for you. Market researchers employ a variety of different qualitative and quantitative research techniques to understand consumers.
- Marketing Consulting Many consulting firms now hire industry or functional experts that focus on marketing issues. These firms need people who can develop expertise in the areas of branding, market research, continuous relationship marketing, pricing strategy, digital/new age, and business-to-business marketing.
- Internet Marketing/Social Media Responsible for planning and managing the delivery of marketing messages through all social media channels and monitors and responds to feedback received.
- Brand Management/Product Management In a typical brand management organizational structure, positions are developed around responsibility for a particular product rather than a specific functional expertise. Brand managers also determine the optimal pricing strategy for their product.
- Retailing Within merchandise management, buyers are responsible for selecting merchandise and setting prices. In a store management career, responsibilities include supervision of personnel and general management of facilities.
- Sales Employment in sales positions are found in a variety of organizations including insurance agencies, retailers, and financial services firms. Sales careers offer opportunities for rapid advancement, development of communication skills, and independence.
- International Marketing International marketing careers can be found in global settings including large multinational US corporations, small- to medium-size firms with export business, and franchises.
Please note: this is not an exhaustive list.
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- Advertising Club of UW Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWe are a group of motivated students that have a passion for all aspects of advertising. We want to bring talent from all over the University of Washington and from local advertising agencies to learn from each other through our club events and meetings. Through our own agency work and incorporating Seattle ad agencies, we hope to give students a tangible taste of what the industry is really like, and show employers what we have to offer.
- American Marketing Association (AMA) Email: email@example.comWe are a student run marketing organization at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. We strive to provide resources and information for students so that when we “open the door” to Seattle professionals they feel properly prepared. The UW AMA provides a professional and fun environment that promotes proactive and passionate involvement.
- Husky Sales Club Email: huskysalesclub@gmailThe Husky Sales Club was created to provide students interested in sales with real selling experience with the student body and corporations, along with exclusive access to job openings, internship opportunities, case competitions, and guest speakers. Employees handle sales revenue, budgeting, marketing efforts, and business partnerships. The USC was built as an additional segment of the Sales Certificate Program.
- Seattle Direct Marketing Association Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe SDMA connects area marketing professionals with new ideas and emerging technologies. It nurtures innovative thinking in all areas of marketing, including ecommerce, creative development, data and production. Frequently scheduled events feature prominent speakers on a variety of relevant and cutting-edge topics, as well as quality networking.
- Puget Sound American Marketing Association Email: email@example.comWe offer new and experienced marketing professionals the competitive advantage needed to succeed. The PSAMA is the largest and longest professional marketing association in Washington State. Our mission is to advance the careers of all marketing professionals in the Puget Sound through professional education, events, networking, resources, industry news, and job opportunities.
- Ad Club Seattle Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOur mission is to be a relevant resource for seasoned advertising professionals and freshmen alike. We are dedicated to raising the standards of our profession, increasing the expectations of our clients, and being a true contender on the international stage.
- Professional Certified Marketer (PCM) The AMA PCM credential is a symbol of professional excellence that affirms your mastery of marketing knowledge and commitment to quality in the practice of marketing. Certification, which is voluntary, requires passing a rigorous and comprehensive exam and then maintaining your certification through continuing education.
- Online Marketing Certified Professional (OMCP) OMCP Certification verifies dedication to ongoing professional education and active participation in industry groups and events, helping marketers to distinguish themselves in a crowded marketplace, and clients to make informed decisions.
- Certified Internet Marketing and Business Strategist (CIMBS) This certification represents an accreditation program based on education and professional experience.
- Google Analytics Individual Qualification (GAIQ) Google offers many proof-of-proficiency tests to help you become more effective at making the best use of Google products within your organization.
- Google Adwords Whether you’re an individual or a company, you can demonstrate your proficiency in AdWords by joining the Google AdWords Certification Program. It’s a globally recognized stamp of approval which showcases knowledge of the latest AdWords tools and best practice techniques and will enable you to effectively manage AdWords campaigns.
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Search engine optimization, or SEO, is a hot skill in today’s online job market. Whether you are designing websites, writing website copy or trying to market a product or service online, displaying your Search Engine Optimization Certified logo and certificate means you have the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve results. In addition, potential clients will feel safe knowing they are backed by Search Engine Optimization Certification’s dispute resolution services. Certification demonstrates to employers and clients alike that your expertise is accredited by a recognized industry organization.
Students, alumni and a lecturer share their perspectives on the Marketing major here at Foster.
Operations and Supply Chain Management
What is Operations and Supply Chain Management?
Operations Management is a business field dedicated to designing, overseeing, and controlling the production processes of goods and services offered by a company. It involves ensuring that both large and small scale operations are efficient and effective. Operations Management is mainly concerned with carrying out tactical decisions regarding development, production, and manufacturing, while also making sure these decisions reinforce company values.
The importance of the Operations and Supply Chain Management field has become more apparent in recent decades. Many companies derive competitive advantage from their operations systems: Dell through its direct-to-consumer model; Amazon.com through its unique distribution system; Toyota and Boeing through lean operations and Just-in-Time concept; and Costco through an efficient logistics network. Most companies now agree that world-class performance in operations and supply chain management is essential for their competitive success. The demand for these skills will grow as firms continue to recognize that they compete not only with new products, good marketing, and skillful finance, but also with unique competence in operations and supply chain management.
- Supply Chain Analysis
A supply chain analyst typically spends their time analyzing the flow of goods coming from suppliers, how these goods are delivered to the company, how the goods are then delivered to consumers, and which aspects of these transactions add or subtract value from the product.
- Project Management
Project Management is a mixture of large scale projects and detail management in which the assignment requires scheduling, timelines, and both human and resources management.
- Supplier Management
A supplier manager would typically deal directly with the people from which a company orders products, as opposed to managing the actual flow of goods.
- Plant Management
Manage the overall operations of a specific location, such as a warehouse or distribution center.
- Productivity Analysis
Evaluates performance, production, and productivity in order to find solutions to problems that help the firm meet its production goals.
- Production Control
Deals with the supply and demand of products to try and find the optimal tradeoff between producing too much or too little. The goal is to produce just enough of a product so the company won’t waste or lose money, but will still be able to meet demand.
- Operations & Supply Chain Management Club (OSCM): OSCM is an organization that helps student members explore career opportunities within Operations & Supply Chain Management field through company visits, guest speakers, and workshops. To contact OSCM, email email@example.com.
Please check out the Operations & Supply Chain Management Club Facebook Page for more information about upcoming events and activities.
- Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)The APICS (Association for Operations Management) CSCP certification is the most widely recognized educational program for OSCM professionals around the globe. The certification provides you with mastery in best practices and distinguishes you as an industry expert.
Links to Vault Guide
- Vault Career Guide to Supply Chain Management: Go to the Foster Library main webpage. Click the upper right hand corner to log into the system using your UW NetID & password. You can then utilize the “Guide” tab to find the “Vault Career Guide to Supply Chain Management”.
Students, alumni and a professor share their perspectives on the Operations Supply Chain Management option here at Foster.
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- Vault: provides information and guides for over 3,000 companies, 40 industries, and over fifty career paths, including over ninety career guides, as well as employer profiles, articles, and advice on careers, resumes, and cover letters; and more.
- Puget Sound Book of Lists (Business Journal): Who’s Who of Puget Sound. Full text of the Puget Sound Business Journal and the Book of Lists. Also includes full access to 40 other weeklies that are a part of the American City Business Journals Family.
- Glassdoor An Inside look to jobs and companies, including interview questions (by company) and average salary information.
Are you considering relocating for your job or internship? Learn more about living and working in some of the most popular cities for recent alums.
Atlanta is a city with a lot to offer. With a great restaurant scene and a variety of professional sports, Atlanta might be the place for you!
Neighborhoods: Visit these sites to learn more about neighborhoods in Atlanta
Street Advisor reviews on best neighborhoods in Atlanta: Street Advisor
Explore all the neighborhoods on the city page: Atlanta.net
Places to Eat: Atlanta has many restaurants with southern influence, but the city also offers a variety of cuisines.
Atlanta Magazine’s top 50: Atlanta Magazine.com
Check out urbanspoon’s listings of top-rated restaurants by price range and popularity: Urbanspoon
Cost of Living:
For information about cost of living in Atlanta, please visit Numbeo
For basic information about public transport in Atlanta visit: MARTA
An in depth look at transportation types in Atlanta: Viral Tourists
Travel from the airport and ground transportation
Atlanta is one of ten U.S. cities classified as an “alpha-world city” by a 2010 study at Loughborough University and hubs major businesses such as The Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, United Parcel Service, Delta Air Lines, AT&T Mobility, and Newell Rubbermaid. For more information about major industries visit Forbes.
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What are some of your favorite activities to do in Atlanta?
I am currently enjoying the fantastic restaurant scene here; it’s impossible to name even a fraction of the restaurants! I also love exploring new neighborhoods and communities that I had never been to when I lived here before. I am trying to be more of a tourist in my own city this time around and so far Atlanta has not disappointed.
Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and is currently the 11th largest city in the U.S. with about 900,000 residents. The culture in Austin is fun and spontaneous, with its unofficial local motto being “Keep Austin Weird”. Its growing population and business have drawn many young professionals to move to the city.
Neighborhoods: Austin has many neighborhoods that are “loosely defined”. One of the busiest neighborhoods is the Sixth Entertainment District, which is downtown and features numerous bars, music venues and restaurants.
- For more information, check out Trip Advisor’s List of Neighborhoods
- Here is also Airbnb’s guide to neighborhoods in Austin
Activities: Austin boasts a large variety of activities for the outdoorsman, with activities such as biking in Zilker Park to swimming in Barton Springs Pool. Austin is a great city for exploring and staying active.
- Check out S. News Best Things to Do in Austin for more information
- Buzzfeed has a list of 33 Things Everyone Should Do In Austin, Texas, Before They Die
Places to Eat: Austin is known for its wide variety of multi-cultural cuisines including Mexican dishes, Asian dishes, Italian dishes and, of course, American BBQ.
- Yelp is an excellent resource for viewing the city’s top user-rated restaurants
- Check out Zomato’s listings of restaurants by price range and popularity
Cost of Living: Compared to big cities such as New York and San Francisco, Austin has approximately a 30% lower cost of living.
- Check out Numbeo’s detailed breakdown of the cost of living in Austin
Transportation: Austin has various modes of public transportation including busses, commuter rails and a ridesharing system.
- The city of Austin explains each mode of transportation on the city’s official website
- For basic information about busses in Austin, please visit Capital Metro
Major Industries: Austin serves as the home development center and headquarters for many technology corporations. In recent years, it’s also been known to be The Live Music Capital of the World.
- Visit Forbes’ city profile on Austin for further information about its industries
- Here is The Texas Economy’s analysis on business in Texas as a whole
“All I was reading in articles, city rankings and hearing from friend’s personal experiences was that Austin was the place to be so I left in my mini cooper and drove off in a 3,000 mile journey to the live music capital of the world: Austin, Texas. The one thing you will notice is how many Austin transplants actually live in this city. It seems like every young professional who was up for an adventure is already in Austin or on their way there. It is a walkable city where many people rely on the bus system, metro rail, or personal bicycles/mopeds (welcome to the Barcelona of Texas). My advice to the student who is considering a move to Austin, or any city for that matter, is to evaluate if this move will push you out of your comfort zone or not. Take risks, stay curious, meet people, cross cultural barriers and never stop following your passion.” -Josh Twaddle, Apple at Austin, TX
Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S, home to the country’s first public school and first subway and now a thriving industrial and cultural center. Here are some great resources to learn more about the city.
Neighborhoods: Boston’s neighborhoods each have their own unique flavor. Check out these resources to determine which area matches what you’re looking for.
- City of Boston Neighborhoods has brochures with the history and culture of each neighborhood.
- Trip Advisor’s Guide to Boston gives a traveler’s perspective of each area of the city.
- Boston Roommates tells you a little more about the type of roommate you can find in the neighborhood you’re looking into.
Activities: As one of the oldest cities in the country, Boston is rich with historical and cultural sites. Look to these resources to plan activities, weekend trips and other ways to explore your new city.
- City of Boston Activities from museums to sports and everything in between.
- The Time’s Boston: 10 Things to Do, a detailed travel guide to the city.
- Over 200 Things to Do in Boston ensures you will always have something new to see.
Places to Eat: Boston is a hub for great cuisine and is particularly known for its lobster roll and other great seafood.
- Boston Magazine’s 20 Top Restaurants provides addresses and short descriptions of some of the best restaurants in town.
- The Guardian’s Top 10 Restaurants and Cafes shares great restaurants with distinct styles.
- 25 Boston Comfort Foods, a visual gallery of delicious and familiar foods.
Cost of Living: Learn how the cost of living in Boston compares with that of other cities.
Transportation: Boston’s public transportation makes it easy to work in the city.
- Getting Around Boston, including a list of parking options and maps of public transit routes.
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority provides a trip planning tool in addition to time and route information.
- Transportation Costs help you weigh the costs of relying on public transit or having your own vehicle.
Major Industries: Boston is a hub for education, biotechnology, tourism and financial services. Learn more about the major industries in Boston.
“Sometimes I just like walking the city to explore what’s there. Boston has the Freedom Trail, a walking trail throughout the city that leads you to historic sites like the Old North Church, Paul Revere’s House, the Old State House, and Faneuil Hall. When it’s warm enough, I enjoy running along the Charles River or walking through Boston Common and the Public Garden. With easy access to seafood (make sure to grab a lobster roll!), Little Italy and the Back Bay, Boston’s a great place for your palate to explore.”
– Thomson Vou, director of administration, Inspire Arts & Music
Chicago is a key center for many industries, including transportation and telecommunications, and home to one of the busiest airports in the world. Here are some great resources to learn more about the country’s third most populous city.
Neighborhoods: Chicago’s North, South, West neighborhoods have their own distinct culture and feel. These resources will help find you a unique place to live close to your future job.
- Choose Chicago Neighborhoods, an interactive page with insight into all 77 Chicago neighborhoods.
- Chicago Neighborhood Logos gives a brief description of the neighborhood and a local artist’s logo for each place.
- Chicago Roommates tells you a little more about the type of roommate you can find in the neighborhood you’re looking into.
Activities: Chicago is full of fun, good food and things to do. Check out these great attractions to get you acquainted with the city.
- Free Chicago Attractions provides you with a number of fun and free things to do in Chicago.
- Timeout Chicago updates monthly with events going on in the city.
Places to Eat: Chicago is an awesome place to try new food with great places to eat all over the city.
- Chicago Food Glossary, a guide to Chicago’s most unique foods.
- Huffington Post’s Top 10 Chicago Restaurants highlights places with just plain good food.
- The Travel Channel’s Guide to Chicago Restaurants, a small sample of the many restaurants in the city.
Cost of Living: Learn how the cost of living in Chicago compares with other cities.
Transportation: Chicago is a major hub for transportation particularly serving as a major port for air travel and the 2nd largest transit city.
- Transit Trip Planners, with routes, maps and official apps for navigating public transit.
- Getting Around Chicago by bus, rail, taxi or car, including an interactive parking map.
Major Industries: Chicago is a hub for financial services, engineering, publishing and food processing. Learn more about the major industries in Chicago.
“The people are so friendly; it’s hard not to become fast friends with coworkers and neighbors. You’ll get invitations to barbecues and parties before you know it. Also, there are truly four seasons in Chicago, unlike Seattle’s two, so your wardrobe will have to grow.”
– Camille Shawley, manager of business strategy, Sears Holdings Corporation
Dallas is the proud home of the Dallas Cowboys, authentic barbeque cuisine, and a rising powerhouse in the technology industry. Discover new adventures waiting for you in Texas.
- Dallas News highlights the Top 10 neighborhoods by different categories.
- Area Vibes shows each neighborhood’s “Livability Score” and maps out local amenities.
- Dallas Roommates tells you a little more about the type of roommate you can find in the neighborhood you’re looking into.
- Visit Dallas provides an essential guide to navigating all that Dallas has to offer.
- USA Today’s 10 Best features local expert attraction recommendations.
- National Geographic provides a list of free activities and walking tours of Dallas.
Places to eat
- Thrillest Dallas Places to Eat provides full reviews of favorite places to eat in the city.
- Dallas Food Nerd highlights local restaurants.
- Roaming Hunger provides a list of Dallas food trucks and their locations.
Cost of Living
- Learn about the average cost of living in Dallas here.
- The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) website shows bus and train routes and helps plan trips.
Major Industries: Dallas is a hub for technology, financial services, and defense. Learn more about the major industries in Dallas.
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What do you like about living in Dallas? The Texas State Fair is an absolute must. Each year, there is a fried food contest, which has brought to life infamous dishes like deep-fried twinkies and deep-fried butter. If you’re not quite that adventurous, you can (and should) order the original corn dog from Fletcher’s. Aside from the fair, which only runs late September to mid-October, there are a number of great local craft breweries that offer frequent tours and tastings. I also really enjoy going to the Bishop Arts District, which has a lot of cute shops and eateries, including my favorite Dallas-area Texas barbeque spot, Lockhart Smokehouse.
Denver is known for its abundance in outdoors activities, fresh air and beautiful scenery. What is less well known about Denver is its business-friendly environment, having been voted number six for “Best Places for Business and Careers”. Whether it’s for the outdoors or building your career, Denver is a great place to begin your life after graduation.
Neighborhoods: Denver’s laid back attitude is shown in its neighborhoods from hip restaurants and nightclubs to Victorian houses.Visit these sites to learn more about neighborhoods in Denver.
- Street Advisor’s reviews on best neighborhoods in Denver
- Explore all the neighborhoods on the official city page
Activities: Denver is a great city for travelers who like the mountain scene. Be sure to check out Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Also, check out Larimer Square, a great place to sample the city’s food and beer scene.
- Trip Advisor has a list of 216 things to do in Denver with user reviews
- More activities at S. News Best Things to Do in Denver
Places to Eat: Denver is known for their chef-owned neighborhood restaurants.
- View thousands of user reviews for top-rated restaurants on Yelp
- Check out Zomato’s listings of top-rated restaurants by price range and popularity
Cost of Living: The cost of living is about 20% lower than that of New York and San Francisco and about 10% lower than Seattle. For a single person, average monthly expenses are estimated at about $891.70.
- For information about cost of living in Denver, please visit Numbeo
Transportation: There are a variety of modes of transportation in Denver, including buses and a railway system.
- Visit the Regional Transportation District’s webpage for Denver’s official public transportation
Major Industries: Located in the American west, popular industries include distribution, technology, telecommunications, and energy.
- For more information about major industries visit: Forbes
“Moving to a city where you don’t know anyone will probably involve a week of binge-watching all seasons of House of Cards. That being said, the transition was much easier than I expected. Denver is a very open, warm city, so I quickly made friends through work and volunteering. The overall atmosphere is adventurous, outdoorsy, laidback, and young. Drive a few hours in any direction and you’ll find incredible hiking, skiing, river rafting, and more.” -Amanda Baker, Business Technology Analyst at Deloitte Consulting
The largest city in Texas, Houston is a southern Metropolis. Its downtown is rich with a Theater District, home to the Houston Grand Opera, and houses the NFL Houston Texans. A big player in the aerospace industry, Houston is a great place to explore as a new professional.
Neighborhoods: The Houston neighborhoods all have their own personalities. These resources will find you a unique place to live close to your future job.
- Houstonia has a list of the best neighborhoods trending now
- Neighborhood statistics can be found here for all around the Houston area
- Area Vibes offers an even more comprehensive look at life in Houston
Activities: Houston is full of fun, good food and things to do. Check out these great attractions to get you acquainted with the city.
- TripAdvisor will show you the best things to do, voted on by past visitors
- Visit Houston an event calendar of all things happening in the city
- Thrillist is a great place to go for free activity ideas in Houston
Places to Eat: Houston is an awesome place to try new food with great places to eat all over the city.
- Houston Eater offers maps and ideas for a foodie’s night out
- Top 100 Eats a comprehensive list of the best restaurants in Houston
- Meals that won’t break the bank helps you get a good meal on a budget
Cost of Living: Houston boasts a relatively inexpensive cost of living
- Learn how the cost of living in Houston compares with other cities
Transportation: Houston is extremely well-connected. Check out these resources to learn more about transportation in the city.
- Virtual Tourist has reviews on experiences on the transit and how to get from here to there
Major Industries: Houston is a hub for aerospace, distribution, energy and headquarters.
- Learn more about the city’s industries here
“I went to live in Houston with no friends and left with tons. Houstonians frequently invited me to Crawfish Boils (a TX tradition), concerts, and even took me to see the Turtle Races in Midtown! I was never bored. Not only does Houston have an NBA team, the Rockets (RIP Sonics), it is also home to NASA’s Mission Control and the Energy Industry both attracting forward thinking business people. I can’t wait to move back when I graduate, yee-haw!” -Jeff Fajardo, Budget Analyst Intern, NASA Johnson Space Center
Los Angeles is a center of creativity known for its beautiful sunny weather. Here are some great resources to learn more about the city.
Neighborhoods: The sunny city of LA offers a ton of great places to live.
- Los Angeles Neighborhoods helps you filter through different interests when looking for a place to live.
- Best LA Neighborhoods for your 20s, 30s and 40s gives insight on the best neighborhood as you develop in your career path.
- LA Roommates tells you more about the type of roommate you can find in the neighborhood you’re looking for.
Activities: Living in LA gives you the opportunity to explore all the fun things to do both on and off the beach.
- Free LA Attractions provides you with a number of fun and free things to do in LA, including beaches, museums and concerts.
- 30 for 30 shows you the first 30 things you should do when moving to LA.
- Buzzfeed’s 26 Things That Happen When You Move to LA provides a fun look at the LA lifestyle.
Places to Eat: LA is known for amazingly healthy eats, authentic Mexican food, and has great places to satisfy your hunger.
- Top 10 Restaurants with a View to enjoy the sunshine while you eat.
- LA Cheap Eats, a guide to budget dining.
- Eat LA: A Food Lover’s Guide to Good Eating lets you search for restaurants by neighborhood, style and price.
Cost of Living: Learn how the cost of living in Los Angeles compares with other cities.
Transportation: There are many ways to get around LA. Car, bus and subway are some of the ways Los Angeles residents get around.
- LA Public Transportation provides descriptions of all the public transit options in the city.
- Getting Around LA, an interactive blog that discusses how people in LA are utilizing different forms of transportation.
Major Industries: LA is a large manufacturing hub with strong international trade. Learn more about the major industries in LA.
– Simran Kaur, analyst, Accenture
New York is a city full of diversity and opportunity. Check out some great resources to learn more about the city.
Neighborhoods: New York is full of culture, exciting things to do and a multitude of young professionals. These resources will find you a unique place to live close to your future job.
- New York’s Most Livable Neighborhoods, an NY Magazine index of the top 50 New York neighborhoods to live in.
- New York Photo Tours gives you a photo tour of some of the neighborhoods to consider.
- New York Roommates tells you a little more about the type of roommate you can find in the neighborhood you’re looking into.
Activities: New York is the city that never sleeps. Check out these great attractions to get you acquainted with the city.
- Time Out New York updates with events and activities happening all over the city.
- New York Top 10 Attractions details some of the best views in the city.
Places to Eat: New York is a fantastic place to try new foods with great places to eat all over the city.
- New York Serious Eats, a list of must-eats in New York City.
- Top 25 Dining Experiences in New York City, for restaurants with ambiance even better than the food.
Cost of Living: New York is the most expensive city in the U.S. See how the city compares to others.
Transportation: New York has an excellent public transportation system. Here are some resources on how to get around.
- New York Transportation covers every possible way of traveling in the city.
- Getting Around New York provides a more detailed guide to making the most of taxis and public transit.
Major Industries: New York is a hub for financial services, media, and communications. It is ranked #1 as best city for a young professional. Learn more about the major industries in New York.
“I love being around people that are pursuing their dreams, whether it be career, travel or hobby-related. I love that people from all over the country and world live here, and there is a huge Seattle and UW contingency that makes me feel at home. I love that the city is constantly evolving and nothing is predictable or impossible. You can leave your apartment with no plans and, before you know it, your day may be full of new experiences and new friends. Everyone who lives here is always up for an adventure and willing to take chances, so you never have a shortage of things to do–or people to do them with.” – Shannon O’Grady, Vice President, Investor Relations Business Development, Blackstone
Philadelphia is the most populous city in Pennsylvania and the fifth-most populous city in the United States, with a population of about 1.6 million people. The city is known for its rich history, monumental buildings and iconic Philly cheesesteak.
Neighborhoods: Philadelphia has many small neighborhoods scattered around the city, all with distinct personalities.
- Please visit Visit Philly’s list of various neighborhoods around the city
- Trip Advisor also has its own list of neighborhoods
Activities: Philadelphia is rich in history, shown by attractions such as the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall. For those of age, the popularity of local craft breweries has led to a vibrant social scene.
- Here is U.S. News’ Best Things to Do in Philly
- Lonely Planet is a great resource for a finding Top Things to Do in Philadelphia
Places to Eat: While Philly cheesesteaks are famous in Philadelphia, Philadelphia is also known for various other foods including hoagies, scrapple, soft pretzels, water ice, Irish potato candy and Tastykake.
- Yelp provides lots of user feedback on top restaurants in Philadelphia
- Check out Zomato’s listings of top-rated restaurants by price range and popularity to find other local treasures
Cost of Living: The cost of living in Philadelphia is a bit lower than in big cities such as New York and San Francisco. The estimated monthly expense for a single person is $973.88.
- For a further breakdown of cost of living in Philadelphia, please visit Numbeo
Transportation: Philadelphia has a variety of public transportation systems including busses, trains, rapid transit, trolleys and trackless trolleys.
- Here is Visit Philly’s guide to transportation in Philadelphia
- For information about Philadelphia’s public metro system, please visit SEPTA
Major Industries: In addition to being a large historical hub, Philadelphia is known for evolving into a large information technology and service based economy.
- City Data has lots of great information on the Philadelphia’s economy
- Business Climate is also another great resource for industry specific information
“Philly is a melting pot of vibrant and proud neighborhoods. These communities produce incredible music and food; beer and food lovers rejoice! Located along the outskirts lies Vanguard, the world’s fastest-growing and 2nd largest asset manager. Our client-owned structure and our culture are our greatest competitive advantages. Guided by our principles: take a stand for all investors, treat them fairly, and to give them the best chance for investment success, we always do the right thing.” -Jacob Davis, Vanguard Accelerated Program at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix is a great place to work and enjoy sunny weather. Check out these resources to learn more.
Neighborhoods: Phoenix’s neighborhoods each have their own distinct culture and feel. These resources will find you a unique place to live close to your future job.
- Phoenix Neighborhoods and Districts provides short descriptions of all of the districts in the city.
- Frommer’s Phoenix Neighborhoods site gives a brief description of the highlights of each neighborhood.
Activities: Phoenix is full of tourist attractions to check out and places to relax both indoors and out.
- Things to Do in Phoenix takes a look at museums, outdoor trails and centers for entertainment sure to keep you busy in the city.
- 10 Favorite Tourist Attractions that are Fun for Locals Too showcases tourist sites that may never get old.
- Things to do in Greater Phoenix ranks the best entertainment venues, sights to see and shopping malls.
Places to Eat: Phoenix has an entire smorgasbord of cuisines to try out.
- 11 Things to Eat and Drink in Phoenix does not stop with listing the best restaurants in town; it chooses each restaurant’s best dish, too.
- Top 10 Restaurants in Downtown Phoenix is a short but mouth-watering illustrated guide to the finest food in the city.
- Phoenix: Best Restaurants and Other Places to Eat makes the case that the city is worth a visit for the food alone, with a diverse list of restaurants to support that claim.
Cost of Living: Learn how the cost of living in Phoenix compares with that of other cities.
Transportation: Phoenix has a great public transportation system. Check out these resources to learn more about transportation in the city.
- Phoenix Public Transportation provides a broad overview of the many transportation options available.
- Getting Around Town is the official Phoenix guide to transportation in the city.
Major Industries: Phoenix is a hub for tourism and technology. Learn more about the major industries in Phoenix.
“It’s a place you may not have considered, but it’s becoming a big business hub and is the 5th largest city in the US. With a large influx of new tech companies, the area has been dubbed the “Silicon Desert”; a play off of Silicon Valley. Be prepared to adapt but also enjoy the changes that come with it. It’s less urban than Seattle, but more centrally located within the US so you get to experience new areas you may not have seen before. And remember to bring your suntan lotion!”
– Javier Andre Rodriguez, financial analyst, Intel Corporation
Portland is an amazing city and a great alternative to Seattle for those interested in working in the Pacific Northwest. Check out these resources to learn more.
Neighborhoods: Portland’s neighborhoods each have their own unique flavor. Check out these resources to determine which area matches what you are looking for.
- 7 Best Portland Neighborhoods lists neighborhoods to fit your priorities, from best food to best public transportation.
- Portland Neighborhood Guide provides a breakdown of each of Portland’s districts.
Activities: Portland is a source of great outdoor adventures. Look to these resources to plan activities, weekend trips and other journeys to explore your new city.
- Portland Activities and Attractions provides short illustrated guides for a wide array of activities in Portland, complete with maps.
- Portland Attractions has a growing list of over 300 places to see in the city, from parks to concert halls.
- Greater Portland Attractions keeps a calendar of events in Portland and the surrounding area that will give you plenty of opportunity to explore.
Places to Eat: Portland is a hub for great cuisine and is particularly known for its eccentric food choices.
- Portland Food Trucks shines a spotlight on the huge variety of food trucks all over Portland. Find the one you want to try!
- The Guardian’s Top 10 Restaurants provides addresses and short descriptions of some of the best restaurants in town.
- Portland’s Best Surveys shows you the city’s choice of best bars, restaurants, dessert and other food venues.
Cost of Living: Learn how the cost of living in Portland compares with that of other cities.
Transportation: Portland’s public transportation makes it easy to work in the city.
- Getting Around Portland provides short guides for common forms of transportation in the city.
- TriMet features official public transit schedule information, complete with real-time information on delays, and a trip planner.
Major Industries: Portland is a hub for real estate, construction, and transportation. Learn more about the major industries in Portland.
“I love the atmosphere here. Everyone here is really friendly and laid-back. I find I’m surviving the city and becoming an Oregon Duck as well. I also love that Portland is an emerging business hub with a lot of opportunity to grow. It’s still got that PNW feel while offering a whole lot of new experiences.”
– Amanda Hamilton, technical support analyst, Salesforce.com
Salt Lake City is an up-and-coming city in the U.S. Check out these resources to learn more.
Neighborhoods: Salt Lake City has a variety of trendy and cultured neighborhoods.
- Best Neighborhoods in Salt Lake City lists the best and most popular neighborhoods around Salt Lake City.
- Salt Lake City Neighborhoods to Know gives a rundown of some of the same neighborhoods, but with different insights.
Activities: The city boasts a wide range of activities for all times of year.
- Best Things to Do in Salt Lake City compiles the top locations to go in the area, from temples to libraries to ski resorts.
- Fun Things to Do in Salt Lake City features daytime, kid-friendly, shopping and food activities around the city.
- Summer Activities lists places to go and things to do when the sun is shining.
- Winter Activities shows off the best places to enjoy the snow, including hovercrafting.
Places to Eat: Enjoy all the fine places to eat in Salt Lake City.
- Best SLC Restaurants lists the best places to eat in the area, broken up by cuisine type.
- Cheap Eats has found good places to eat with meals under $10.
- Top 10 Restaurants and Diners gives The Guardian’s opinion on the best food in the city.
Transportation: The best ways to get around in Salt Lake City are by car or public transportation
- Salt Lake City Transportation explains the best ways to travel in the city.
- Getting In, Getting Around Salt Lake City provides a more detailed guide to the different forms of transportation in the city.
Major Industries: The major industries in Salt Lake City are tourism, health care, and transportation. Learn more about the major industries in the area.
– Pitichoke Chulapamornsri, senior analyst in the Investment Management Division, Goldman Sachs
San Diego is a great place to enjoy sunny weather, beaches and fun activities. Check out these resources for the city.
Neighborhoods: San Diego’s neighborhoods each have their own distinct culture and feel. These resources will find you a unique place to live close to your future job.
- Discover San Diego Cities features short articles on each of the communities that makes up San Diego.
- San Diego’s Best Neighborhoods goes into more detail on specific neighborhoods, with short fun facts about each.
Activities: San Diego is full of fun activities, good food and things to do. Check out these great attractions as you get acquainted with the city.
- 25 Fun & Free Things to Do in San Diego highlights activities that won’t cost you a dime, including organ concerts and museums.
- San Diego Attractions is an extensive list of places to see in the city.
- San Diego’s Top 10 Things to Do and See showcases attractions that are worth a visit to the city all on their own.
Places to Eat: San Diego is an awesome place to try new food with great places to eat all over the city.
- Where to Eat in San Diego keeps an alphabetical list of the city’s well-liked restaurants.
- 50 Things to Eat in San Diego Before You Die picks out the best dishes in the area, from authentic Korean food to “divine” gelato to old-fashioned cheeseburgers.
- Coolest Bars and Restaurants in San Diego will sate your thirst as well as your hunger.
Cost of Living: Learn how the cost of living in San Diego compares with that of other cities.
Transportation: San Diego is a great city to walk, bike or ride to work. Check out these resources to learn more about transportation in the city.
- Getting Around in San Diego provides a brief overview of the different transportation options available in the city.
- San Diego: Public Transportation is a slightly more detailed guide focused on the city’s public transit.
Major Industries: San Diego is a hub for defense, tourism and technology. Learn more about the major industries in San Diego.
“I am a huge sports fan (I still have season tickets to UW football!) so I love going to Padres games in the summer and Chargers games in the fall. I love going to the beach, hiking and trying different activities on the water like kayaking and paddleboarding. Coronado and La Jolla are my absolute places to be in San Diego on a warm sunny day, with great beaches, restaurants and bars, and shopping. The UW Alumni Association chapter in San Diego is fairly large with great turnouts at events and game watching parties. It’s also fun to be around Huskies outside of Seattle.”
– Amanda Balaoing, cost analyst, General Atomics
San Francisco is a hub for new innovation and interesting technology. Check out these resources to learn more about the city.
Neighborhoods: San Francisco’s neighborhoods each have their own distinct culture and feel. These resources will find you a unique place to live close to your future job.
- Bay Area Neighborhoods highlights key attractions of each neighborhood, as well as how to get there.
- A Guide to San Francisco Neighborhoods gives you a brief description of each of the neighborhoods.
- San Francisco Roommates tells you a little more about the type of roommate you can find in the neighborhood you’re looking into.
Activities: San Francisco is full of fun, good food, and tons to do. Check out these great attractions to get you acquainted with the city.
- Fun and Cheap San Francisco Attractions provides you with a number of fun and free things to do in SF.
- Timeout 20 Great Things To Do in San Francisco updates monthly with events going on in the city.
- Things to Do Outdoors in San Francisco gives you a picture of all the fun outdoor activities there are to explore in SF.
Places to Eat: San Francisco is an awesome place to try new food with great places to eat all over the city.
- Thrillist San Francisco Places to Eat provides full reviews of favorite places to eat in the city.
- Native Foods of San Francisco lends some history to the iconic foods of the area.
Cost of Living: Learn how the cost of living in San Francisco compares with other cities.
Transportation: San Francisco is a great city to walk, bike or ride. Check out these resources to learn more about transportation in the city.
- Getting Around in San Francisco provides tips and costs for each transportation option in the city
- Public Transportation Guide lists times, fares and schedules
Major Industries: San Francisco is a hub for financial services, tourism and technology. Learn more about the major industries in the city.
“Weather: I’ve been in San Francisco for four months and I have seen it rain twice. I’m writing these notes in Sausalitio, a small town located a short bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s sunny, a bit warmer than 70 degrees, and there is not a cloud in the sky. And it’s January.
Culture: Each neighborhood in San Francisco is culturally distinctive, even though they are geographically close. On any given weekend, there are many cultural events that are open to everyone.
Innovation: San Francisco is the center of the technology industry, and it is apparent everywhere. Every week I am amazed to find that a significant technology company is located just a couple blocks from where I live. Because so many tech leaders and enthusiasts live in San Francisco, there is a strong propensity to try new services and products. I enjoy supporting companies that launch their products and services here in the city.”
– Curtis Howell, product manager, Redfin
San Jose is in the heart of the Silicon Valley. There are hundreds of start up companies as well as large corporations. Opportunities to meet people from across the United States and world are vast in the Silicon Valley
Neighborhoods: San Jose’s various neighborhoods each accommodate distinctive cultures and lifestyles. These resources will help you find a unique place to live in the “Capital of Silicon Valley.”
San Jose Neighborhoods:
Check out this site to look for potential roommates:
Activities: As the third largest city in California, San Jose is full of fun things to do. Check out these great attractions to get you acquainted with the city.
10Best Lists of things to see, eat, and more:
- 10 Best Destinations
- Fun and Cheap San Jose Attractions: This list provides you with a ton of fun and cheap things to do in SJ.
Places to Eat: San Jose is home to a variety of foods, from classic American to ethnic delicacies.
The best restaurants in San Jose by category according to Local Eats
Cost of Living: Check out this page to learn more about cost of living.
Transportation: Check out these resources to learn more about transportation in the city.
Major Industries: San Jose is in the heart of the Silicon Valley!
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What do you like most about living in San Jose?
San Jose is sunny year-round, and it’s refreshing compared to Seattle’s weather. The city as a whole is very relaxed, but the biggest thing to remember is that where you live is what you make of it. I live in a close-knit apartment community, which sometimes goes out to attend events, experience the nightlife, and more.
Just a three hour drive north of Seattle, Vancouver is one of the largest and most vibrant cities on the West Coast. Rich in diversity and culture, the city offers an exciting international experience.
Neighborhoods: Vancouver’s diverse neighborhoods each offer unique qualities.
Activities: As the largest city in British Columbia, Vancouver is regarded as the economic and cultural capital of Canada’s West Coast. Vancouver offers fantastic activities all year round.
- Attractions & Activities in the Vancouver area
- Check out Trip Advisor’s top attractions
- Whistler is just a two hour drive away
Places to Eat: Rich cultural diversity makes Vancouver a hotspot for fantastic food of every type.
Cost of Living: Vancouver is one of the most desirable places to live on the West Coast.
Transportation: Given its geography, serves as the largest port in all of Canada. The city also recently underwent an overhaul of its transportation system in 2010 when it hosted the Olympics.
- Check out these resources to learn more about transportation in the city
Major Industries: Given its geography, serves as the largest port in all of Canada. In recent years, the city has also seen tremendous growth in software, aerospace, and biotechnology.
“Vancouver is a world-class city with lots of excitement from hiking to skiing to beaches and parks. The food is phenomenal and brings the best tastes from all over the globe. If you enjoy views of the water, endless activities, and fresh mountain air, you’d certainly love Vancouver. As for work, Vancouver is an energetic city with a diverse range of industries and plenty of water-side office space!” -Charlie Hughes, Financial Security Advisor at Freedom 55 Financial
D.C. is the capital of the United States and the hub of all U.S. politics, with many great job opportunities. Here are some helpful resources to learn more about the city.
Neighborhoods: The D.C. neighborhoods all have their own personalities. These resources will find you a unique place to live close to your future job.
- D.C Neighborhoods has a list of the best neighborhoods for a particular interest.
- A Guide to D.C. Neighborhoods with an interactive view of all D.C. neighborhoods.
- D.C. Neighborhood Photo Tours shows snapshots of life in each neighborhood.
Activities: D.C. is full of fun, good food and things to do. Check out these great attractions to get you acquainted with the city.
- 100 Free Things to Do in D.C. explores the culture and history of the area on a budget.
- D.C.’s Going Out Guide, an event calendar of all things happening in the city.
- Fodor’s 25 Things To Do in D.C., a whirlwind tour of the capitol’s museums, restaurants and attractions.
Places to Eat: D.C is an awesome place to try new food with great places to eat all over the city.
- Top 10 People Watching Restaurants take advantage of the city’s status as a political center.
- D.C Metro Food Tours help you explore the food in different neighborhoods of D.C.
- D.C Eater: A guide to restaurants, bars, and nightlife in D.C.
Cost of Living: Learn how the cost of living in D.C. compares with other cities.
Transportation: D.C. is a great city to use public transportation. Check out these resources to learn more about transportation in the city.
- Tools for Getting Around D.C., a collection of apps for planning your route.
- How to Get Around D.C. as well as proper procedure when encountering a police motorcade.
Major Industries: D.C. is a hub for federal government, tourism and education. Learn more about the major industries in the city.
“Some of my favorite activities include: hiking the Shenandoah, concerts at venues like the 9:30 Club and Kennedy Center and events like Embassy Week, National Tree Lighting and Cherry Blossom Festival.”
– Nate Lee, finance leadership development program analyst, Lockheed Martin
Career Roadmaps: Undergraduate Students
Welcome: To help you get settled at UW:
- Meet your academic advisers
- Get to know your way around campus
- Attend the Freshmen Direct Workshop
Join in the Foster Community:
- Check out the clubs and student organizations
- Begin networking
- Talk with upperclassmen
- Connect with Faculty
- Attend a resume workshop to update your professional resume
- Take the Career Leader online assessment
- Investigate the options offered at Foster
- Your interests, abilities
- Academic options and classes
- Possible career paths by talking to faculty and others in your network
- Visit Career Services, meet the staff, discuss career possibilities
- A list of goals for the next 3 years
- A Husky Jobs profile
- Internships can be done at any time
- Part time or summer jobs are great resume builders
- Volunteer, serve the community
- A Foster club organization
- The Business Career Fair
- Career Networking Nights
- Workshops- Resumes- Interview preparation- Career fair preparation- Social media
Come into the Career Services’ office to discuss:
- Resumes, cover letters
- Career exploration
- Conducting informational interviews
- Go on a career trek to a company’s office to meet the employer and learn about the company
- Attend a coffee chat to talk with an employer in a more casual setting
- Internships in Husky Jobs
- Meet with an academic advisor to check on your progress
- Research organizations that may fit your career interests
- Revise your resume
- Get ready for fall recruiting- Professional attire- Interviewing skills- Cover letter writing- Etiquette
- Foster business clubs
- The Business Career Fair
- Career workshops
- Employer info sessions
- On campus interviewing
- Industry Focus Nights
- Foster business clubs
Visit the U office to discuss:
- Career exploration
- Interview preparation
- Negotiating job offers
- Job/internship search
- Check Husky Jobs daily
- Internship search (Dec–March) for summer internships
- Read the Foster internship list serve e-mail
Discuss careers and companies through:
- Career Treks
- Career Networking Nights
- Coffee Chats
Use online resources to learn about companies:
- Foster Library Online
- The Vault
- Book of Lists
- Puget Sound Biz Journal
- Invest in professional attire
- Brush up on etiquette and professionalism
Build your network throughout your time at UW
- Cultivate professional contacts
- Join LinkedIn groups
- Conduct informational interviews
Don’t slow down because its summer!
- Keep networking
- Check e-mail
- Update LinkedIn
- Update resume
- Work hard at your internship
Continue to research companies, especially those signed up for:
- Business Career Fair
- Info sessions on campus
- Resume reviews & mock interviews
The Business Career Fair in October
Come into the Career Services’ office to discuss:
- Career goals and action plan
- Companies to research
- Utilizing your network
- Accessing job search resources
- Mock interviews
- Employer resume reviews
- Interview clinics
Senior year offers many leadership opportunities:
- Student club executive board position
- Group project leader
- Mentoring or peer coaching
Husky Jobs often
Come into the Career Services’ or attend a workshop to learn:
- Negotiating a job package
- Comparing job offers
Identify successes throughout the job search:
- An invitation to interview
- A job offer
- Completion of an internship
- Update your information in the alumni database
- Tell the UCS where you’re working
- Serve as a resource for future students
- Attend Foster GOLD events