I had a lot of fun at the Fall Career Fair last Wednesday. A friend of mine in UCSB’s business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, encouraged me to go because many employers attend that you will not find in the list of open jobs on Gauchospace. Additionally, speaking with fair participants gives you the chance to make a strong, physical first impression.

If you didn’t make the Career Fair last week, it’s okay, because there are two more this school year:

UCSB Career Fair Dates

Winter Career Fair 2014
  • January 30, 2014 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Corwin Pavilion
Spring Career Fair 2014
  • April 17, 2014 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Corwin Pavilion (Science and Technology majors)
  • April 16, 2014 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Corwin Pavilion (All Majors)

Five steps to acing Career Fairs at UCSB:

1) Research the participants ahead of time:

UCSB Career Fair 2013

Career Fair participants included Target, Teach for America, FindTheBest, and Yelp.

(The participants of the Science and Technology majors Career Fair included JPL, Google, C3 Energy, and Amazon.)

You can navigate UCSB’s Career Services website to help you gather information about the employers, such as:

  • which positions they are seeking
  • if they are offering part-time jobs, full-time jobs, or internships
  • the names of the representatives that will present

Not every participant includes all of these details on Gauchospace, so if that is the case, google their open positions. Model your resume after the skills they are seeking in the open position that interests you. Then, I recommend going a step further with your priority companies; Read their websites and watch videos they may have uploaded to YouTube. Gain enough familiarity with their missions that you can hold an intelligent discussion and explain why they need you.

There was one consulting company at the Career Fair that offered me an interview for this week because I demonstrated knowledge of the service they provide. I watched several of their videos online, and was able to discuss one of their recent challenges, as well as their relationships with several clients. I also made it clear that I know the location of their headquarters, the name of their CEO, as well as the open positions they are seeking. The same representative that offered me the interview spoke with another girl beforehand for longer, but did not offer her one because she asked only general questions.

2) Take your resume to Career Services:

After modeling your resume after the position(s) you seek, take a physical copy over to Career Services for the counselor to review. It helps to also bring a print-out of the open position(s) you are considering. I was blown away by how much better my resume turned out after the counselor’s suggestions. I also practiced shaking hands with two of the Career Services employees just to ensure I was ready.

It is an option to bring more than one version of a resume to the Career Fair. If you do this though, try to bring no more than three different versions, and print them on different shades of paper, such as ultra white, soft white, and eggshell.

I brought twenty copies of my resume, because that’s what is often recommended, but I ended up passing out less than five, since I practiced selectivity. This is actually a more efficient practice, and shows any observant, interested employers that you are serious about them.

3) Dress professionally:

The recommended dress code is “business casual.” A number of students even wore suits, but many also wore jeans or shorts. Dressing professionally shows you care. If you need help with what to wear, visit Career Services. Have your outfit prepared at least two days before the Career Fair.

I went and bought a suit the very day before the fair, and I was lucky to make it work; the pant legs were too long, and no tailor was open in time to hem them. Luckily I found that one of my five inch pair of heels matched the suit! Save yourself the stress and have at least one career-oriented outfit ready to go at all times.

4) Enter the Career Fair early:

If you follow my three suggestions above, you can actually gain early entry to the fair. Career Services will give you an early entry name tag. The entry begins at 12pm. If you’re in Alpha Kappa Psi, you can arrive as early as 10am. The frat also has “Meet the Firms” about a week before the fair, which is a good warmup to speak with potential employers.

5) Follow up with participants:

At the end of conversing with a representative, ask for their business card. Then, send them a thank you email or letter with 48 hours. Following up conveys you are still interested in working with their company. Keep the email or letter appreciative and concise.

Following these five recommendations will automatically alleviate a lot of stress and make you stand high above many other students.

In the end, I was only interested in one company that attended, so it is very possible that I may not work for any of the companies with which I spoke. Nevertheless, it was a great experience with many practical applications.


I was visiting a friend this weekend who lives in Santa Ynez, so I figured I may as well put together a video of the place :) It was a great opportunity to test out a new camera I bought. Hopefully there is a noticeable difference in quality from the other videos I have published, which I filmed with my iPhone 5.

In addition to simply filming the apartment complex, this time I asked students questions about their living experiences.

If you haven’t already, I suggest subscribing to my channel since it’s free and I will have more housing videos uploaded by the end of the year.

Read my review of Santa Ynez.


Welcome back Gauchos!

September 27, 2013

It’s the first official week of the new school year! From the Fun & Fitness festival, to rushing, to new job openings, there has been a lot happening.

I’ve been occupied the last few weeks researching jobs for the year, as well as ordering and figuring out a new digital camera to make videos. This is my final year here at UCSB, so it is my aim to share as much content of value as possible.

I’ll start this academic year with advice that I have gleaned after one year here at UCSB (they overlap in a few cases):

Tips for new UCSB students

1) Check out the jobs on symplicity:

This is the online database of jobs and internships that all Gauchos may access with their UCSB NetID. The jobs listed range anywhere from being on campus to out-of-state. Even if you don’t think you need a job, I think it’s good to browse through, especially because there are jobs that require only five hours of work a week! UCSB’s Disabled Students Program is hiring exam proctors right now, and this is one of the easiest jobs on campus with the perhaps the most flexible hours.

UCSB Bren Hall view of ocean

The view is gorgeous if you work from Bren Hall.

I proctor and also this past week applied to a few marketing related jobs using symplicity. If there is one thing I could have changed about last year, it is that I would have secured a part-time job sooner. Hands-on learning is just as valuable as book learning, if not more valuable! Through the jobs site you can also sign yourself up for career fairs, info sessions, and workshops. Here are just a few upcoming ones:


  • Use LinkedIn to Jumpstart Your Career and Prep for the Career Fair
  • Careers for Humanities and Liberal Arts Students
  • Applying to Graduate Programs in Psych & Counseling
  • MCAT Strategy Session

Information Sessions:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory

2) (check out my post about about how the save money – COMING SOON!)

3) Take chances. Now is the best time:

Camp with Excursion Club, party on Del Playa, rock climb at the Rec Center, start a business with some buddies – whatever! Literally, do something different for you. I’m taking a Technology Management Program (TMP) class, which is totally different from my typical Humanities class. (It’s 90% guys, whereas my Art History class is 90% girls!) I’m also about one week into something called the “30 day squat challenge”. Supposedly it’s not that safe to do 200 squats in one day, but I figure I may as well give it a shot. Better to try now than later, anyway! What is something you want to try?

UCSB Technology Management Program class.

UCSB Technology Management Program class.

4) Make good friends:

Say “hi” to your neighbors. It’s a lot better than walking by them awkwardly and avoiding eye contact. Go to your professors’ office hours, if you are passionate about their fields of study. From personal experience, I also recommend using selectivity. I often reflect over my first year at UCSB, and I spent a lot of time with one particular friend, when I could have been doing something else far more fun and productive. Instead of associating with this person often, I would now have chosen to work and meet other people.

5) Consider rushing a fraternity or sorority:

This deserves its own point. I actually considered rushing this year! Even if you don’t join in the end, at least you will have had a good share of this extensively portrayed aspect of college life – Animal House, anyone?

A friend of a friend rushed Tri Delt, and she told me some really helpful facts about Greek life at UCSB. Depending who you are, they may be pros or cons:

  • Instant connection to dozens of friends. Many frats and sororities have over 50 guys or girls.
  • Many activities from parties to sports. Girls, you may have to purchase new outfits in order to match each other.
  • You have the option to live in frat/sorority house. Most likely, you will share a large room with one or two other people. Males are not allowed on the second level of sorority houses, otherwise they are considered brothels, by law! The Tri Delt house allowed guys upstairs to help move one week only, and it has a small men’s restroom on the first floor. Guys are not allowed to spend the night in a girl’s bedroom.
  • Rent includes meals provided by a personal chef. The girl who spoke with me from Tri Delt enjoys the food, and is thankful that it doesn’t serve pizza every night, like the dining commons do. You have far fewer choices what you eat. Meals may be eaten together, or saved for you, if you happen to miss that meal.
  • Greek life requires a fairly high minimum GPA. Tri Delt requires at least a 3.0, and also requires its girls to log in hours at the library or teacher’s office every week.

6) Don’t wait around for stuff to happen:

I am totally culpable of having done this only days ago.. I volunteered at the annual Fun & Fitness Festival, and really wanted one of the tank tops that Rec Sports gives away for completing an activity. Well, I waited for a friend to swing by the event so we could do the activity together and each get a tank top. By the time he arrived though, all the tank tops were gone! I could have easily gone with another volunteer during a break. The good things go quickly.

Bottom line:

If you try any of the above suggestions, you will learn learn more about yourself and be that much closer to finding what you want out of life. It’s normal to not know it all now, but you reflect where you’re going in the back of your mind as you experience new things and meet new people. Have fun!


What I learned from my roomie

September 9, 2013

I’m basically a purist. I rarely drink. I’ve never smoked anything, and I’ve even had coffee only once in my life. So I filled out my UCSB Housing personal preferences accordingly, but was still paired with someone who is not substance-free. She’s also an extrovert, whereas I’m more introverted. She spends an hour on her […]

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West Campus Apartments UCSB

September 3, 2013

Recently someone here suggested seeing West Campus It took a little longer than expected, but a friend finally sent me photos of her apartment. She used to live in the San Clemente graduate apartments, but moved to West Campus to share a single bedroom apartment with her boyfriend. Also, the rent is significantly less. West […]

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