Tracking and following interests

Not every interest will lead to a job or a career, but pursuing interests will provide excellent insight and information for future options. Find both small and big ways to dive into what you like to do: hobbies, books, movies, mountains, and more. While you are involved in pursuing your interests, look around for what else is happening online, on campus, and in Seattle. Perhaps you love math and could coach a middle school math team, or spend hours writing and could check out campus literary publications like Bricolage. Or maybe a deep interest in gaming, comics, or anime could lead to volunteering GeekGirlCon or even building networking connections through Emerald City Comicon or Sakura-Con.

How to find these interest-based activities? Some ideas might be to talk with friends who share similar likes and interests, check out UW clubs on the same topic, look at the events tabs on websites you frequent, or even chat with your academic adviser or a subject area librarian in your chosen field.

Seemingly small activities that allow us to extend our interests in new areas are actually great material for building additional (and valuable) job skills. Wondering how to articulate skills from your interests? If you are a current student or recent alum, schedule an appointment with a career counselor and we’d be happy to assist with articulating skills based on your activities. Happy interest exploration!

By Catherine Basl
Catherine Basl Career Counselor Catherine Basl