Bloomberg Wants Bruins!

Bloomberg street view

Last week the UCLA Career Center was invited to visit Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York City, NY for their annual University Day.  UCLA is one of only 24 schools nationwide that Bloomberg invited to this exclusive event to attract more top technical talent.

What do you think of when you hear “Bloomberg“?  For most people, Michael Bloomberg (founder and former NYC mayor), financial information, and media are the first things that may spring to mind.  However, in terms of college recruiting, Bloomberg wants you to think of them as a tech company like Google, Facebook, or Apple.  Their primary hiring need is for Software Developers.

Bloomberg university list

Table assignments by university. You’ll see UCLA spent the day at a table with our “rivals” USC and Cal.

Work Environment

It just wouldn’t be a tech company without a lot of free food for employees.  They serve breakfast every morning, soup at 11am (for which the employees rush to the 6th floor en masse – it’s quite a sight to see), candy every afternoon, dinner at 8pm for those who are working late, and ice cream on Fridays.  And it’s not just a lot of food, it’s GOOD food.

There are no solid interior walls except for the user experience lab, where a team of researchers, designers, and engineers observe clients utilizing their products in order to gain insights and make improvements.  Not even the CEO and executives have office walls, nor does the “green room” where guests wait for their “on air” time in the TV and radio studios on the 5th floor.

We weren’t allowed to take photos of much of the interior of the building, but Business Insider did in 2012 when they spotlighted Bloomberg LP as one of the 15 coolest offices in tech.

Bloomberg horseshoe

The building is shaped like a horseshoe.  This symbol of good luck and fortune pervades Bloomberg’s culture.

Why NYC (aka Silicon Alley)?

New York is a rapidly expanding tech hub with over 3,000 tech companies located there.  Well established companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Etsy and Yelp have NY locations, as do thousands of emerging startups.

Check out Made in NY for more info about the tech industry in NY and visit this Jobs Map to see where there are job openings at NY tech companies.

Bloomberg 29 view

View from the 29th floor of Bloomberg’s NYC office. That’s Central Park on the left. Not sure about you, but I could get used to this…

Opportunities for College Students and Graduates

Software Engineer Interns at Bloomberg get to work on real projects that will actually be used.  Their training is dynamic and hands-on and they have an opportunity to work alongside a cohort of fellow interns, as well as an assigned mentor.

In addition to the quality of the professional experience they gain, interns also get to enjoy a number of fun social perks including picnics, tech talks, game nights, contests, community service, and free museum admission throughout NYC for the summer.

Bloomberg group photo

UCLA Career Center staff, Dr. Bill Goodin, Bloomberg recruiters, and Bloomberg’s current UCLA interns at University Day 2015.

Full-time entry-level hires with a CS background go through a 12-week training bootcamp in which they work with various teams in order to determine their best fit.  Full-time entry-level hires with some relevant technical training/knowledge, but without a CS degree, go through a more intensive 16-week training class and come out the other end as software engineers!

When can you meet Bloomberg at UCLA? UPDATED 10/12/15

Don’t miss your opportunity to meet them in person to express your interest and learn more!  View our full list of Fairs & Events as well as our tips to help you Prepare for Career Fairs.

Mon 10/12: CS Internship Career Fair. 1pm-4pm.

Mon 10/12: UPE Honors Mixer. 5pm-6pm.

Tue 10/13: Computer Science Showcase. 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Wed 10/14: 2015 Engineering & Technical Fair Day 1. 11am-3pm.

Wed 10/28: Tech Talk. 6:30pm.

Wed 10/28: On-campus Interviews

Thu 10/29: On-campus Interviews Day 2

What do Bloomberg’s current UCLA interns have to say?

We were fortunate enough to meet five current summer interns over cupcakes to learn more about their experience at Bloomberg so far (they were in Week 3 of the internship).  They were clearly having a great time and had built up camaraderie with each other – laughing, smiling, and sharing stories.  Watch the following videos to hear two of the interns share some tips and insight with their fellow Bruins about the Bloomberg experience.

Why should UCLA students consider interning at Bloomberg?

How to prepare for an internship at Bloomberg?

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Take Charge of Your Life at Career Fairs: First-hand Experience From a Peer Advisor

Jan. 7, 2014 — day before UCLA’s Internship & Fellowship Night

To my parents [on the phone]:

“Tomorrow is UCLA’s Internship & Fellowship night — I’m so nervous! What am I going to talk to the employers about? I’m not familiar with most of the companies or what types of internships and jobs they offer, so what in the world am I going to talk to them about?!”

To my supervisor at the Career Center:

“It’s my first time going to a career fair tomorrow night, and to be honest, I’m so nervous! What should I to talk to the employers about? What am I supposed to wear? What is the proper way to approach them?”

To my brother [on the phone]:

“Is it normal to be nervous about career fairs? Honestly, I’m starting to have second thoughts about going. What if the employers are not impressed with me? What if my resume is not good enough? I just can’t wait until it’s over!”

To everyone else who listened to me rant about my nervousness:

“I’m totally going to mess up my 30 second pitch… should I start by introducing myself, my year in school, and my major? Or should I give my resume first? Should I let them do most of the talking? Or should I talk about myself and my interests?”

You might wonder why I would start my blog post with a number of conversations with my family, supervisor, and friends. It’s for two reasons, really. First of all, most students are not aware of the purpose of career fairs, as well as what exactly they entail. Second, and more importantly, most students are terribly nervous about participating in career fairs — so nervous that they decide to take the easy road and just not attend.

There is an easy fix to the first reason — you can always learn more about the purpose of career fairs online or from the wonderful and knowledgeable people at the UCLA Career Center. In regards to the second reason, however, what can you do to reduce the fear of attending an event that presents the opportunity to introduce yourself to employers from TOP companies?

Hmm… now that’s a tough question to answer.

Let’s try looking at this statement in a more positive perspective —

You (yes, YOU) are given the (rare and incredibly awesome) opportunity to introduce yourself (along with your interests, accomplishments, and career aspirations) to employers and recruiters from TOP companies (who are particularly in search of hiring UCLA students for internships, as well as possible full-time jobs.)

I know what you’re thinking —

“Well, now that you put it that way, where can I sign up?!”

Am I right? So, what exactly am I trying to convey through this blog post? As a Peer Advisor at the UCLA Career Center, I have become familiar with the various events, such as career fairs, that the Career Center organizes. Furthermore, I have come to realize just how advantageous and rewarding these services are for undergraduates! *Sigh* If only more students knew about them…

But that’s my job as a Peer Advisor — to familiarize UCLA students to our free resources as well as encourage and inspire them to attend anywhere from small-scale events, such as workshops, to large-scale events, such as the career fairs!

Now, before I get into my personal experience at career fairs, let’s start from the beginning. My name is Cynthia and I am currently a junior, studying Psychology. Just recently, I gained interest in the field of Human Resources and Industrial Organizational Psychology. For this reason, I knew that finding an internship in this field would give me hands-on experience in a potential career path. So, of course, my next step was to search for internships for the summer of 2014. And that’s exactly what I did. I began to look through BruinView and other job search sites, only to find one or two possible internships that were focused around Human Resources. I realized then that there were two upcoming events, “UCLA’s Internship & Fellowship Night” and “Bruin Career Connections Fair,” where I would be given the opportunity to actually network with employers from top companies, such as The Walt Disney Company and Twentieth Century Fox. I figured this would be my grand opportunity to learn more about a myriad of summer internships.

With the tremendous guidance I received from the career counselors at the UCLA Career Center, I was able to overcome the stress and anxiety that I felt prior to the event. The best advice was to always be prepared. What exactly does that mean in regards to career fairs? Well, here are a couple of examples:

  • Prepare your professional/business attire the night before (something you would wear for an interview)
  • Print 5-10 copies of your resume to hand out to employers (UCLA Career Center offers resume critiques; stop by to get one!)
  • Rehearse a 30-second pitch (“Hello, my name is Cynthia, I am a third-year student studying Psychology… I’ve recently been interested in the field of Human Resources….”)
  • Research more about the different companies that are visiting — this might be a way to impress the employers 😉

So what about my personal experience with career fairs? Here’s what happened —

When I first walked into the Career Center for the Internship & Fellowship Night, all I could think about was how awkward and uncomfortable I was going to feel when I talked to the employers. There were a couple of companies that I was interested in, but I wasn’t sure how to approach the employers. At around 6:30 pm, I walked toward the first table for Oakwood Worldwide; the table consisted of fliers, pens, and other giveaways. Two women with big, bright smiles were standing before me waiting for my introduction. And so I began. My smile grew big and suddenly I was a professional woman. Soon enough, I learned more about the company and the various summer internships they offered (they even had one in Human Resources!). Who would’ve thought?! At that point, I was already so excited. After that, I handed my resume to them (which they, more than gladly, took) and received their business cards in order to stay in contact. Finally, I smiled, thanked them, shook their hands, and moved on to the next table. 

Wow! All it took was a short conversation with the employer for her to immediately consider me for a summer internship? HOW COOL IS THAT?! 

That night, I handed my resume to around 5 employers and collected about 7 business cards. The following day, I emailed a thank you note to the each of them in an effort to show my appreciation for their visit, time, and consideration. You can definitely say it was a successful night for me — I felt so lucky to be a part of the minority of students who actually KNOW about career fairs and decide to participate in them. I truly would not be able to emphasize just HOW useful and advantageous that night was for me! 

Of course, after attending the Internship & Fellowship Night, it was relatively easy for me to also attend the Bruin Career Connections Fair. In fact, it was actually a lot of fun! I felt comfortable and more energized than ever. One of the coolest things I learned at the Bruin Career Connections fair was that successful interns may be offered full-time jobs once they graduate. Ok… C’mon, HOW COOL IS THAT?!

Now you might ask — well, Cynthia, how did you get rid of that fear and nervousness that you were talking about in the beginning?

To be honest, apart from preparing ahead of time, the only way I overcame my fear was by actually PARTICIPATING in the event. Once I was physically there (with my high heels and whatnot), the fear disappeared within… minutes, perhaps even seconds!

With all of that being said, please take the time to learn more about our services; I really cannot emphasize the benefits it will provide you with in the long run!

Look for upcoming career fairs, events, and workshops on our Facebook page and the UCLA Career Center website [links below].

https://www.facebook.com/pages/UCLA-Career-Center/256011207748013

http://career.ucla.edu/Students/CareerFairs.aspx

Knack for SOCIAL MEDIA? Turn it into a viable job option!

If you’re reading this blog, you must have some aptitude and appreciation for social media. Maybe you’re even a blogger yourself–hey, most people are. But have you ever considered turning your knack for social media into a viable job option? Did you know you could make money by running your blog? The UCLA Career Center has three quick tips for turning your media penchant into a money-making mechanism. And while you earn revenue by doing what you love, we can show you the steps to building a substantial career in the world of social media.

Have an active twitter or a popular blog? Here are some ways you can start earning money by just maintaining them:

1.Google Adsense – Adsense is a simple program, once accepted, you put their ads on your site and then get paid when people click on them! 1,000-2,000 pageviews on your blog a day can average you about $2 per day. That doesn’t sound like a lot for a day’s wages, but if you add it up throughout the year, and consider that you’re not putting out any extra effort, it’s really not too bad! I’m get paid to do what you are already doing (which you probably love doing), as long as their ads are on your site.

2. Social Spark – This is a really neat company that helps bloggers get connected with brands for sponsored posts. You sign up for the program (it’s free) and fill out some information about your blog. Then Social Spark will let you know when you get ‘leads’. You can read information about each lead and decide whether or not to accept them. Once you’ve accepted, the company that provided the lead may select you to preform the sponsored post for them. Oftentimes they will have a specific topic for you to write about, and they will ask that you include certain information about their company or specific links to their site. This is a great way to get writing inspiration AND be paid for writing!

3. Sponsored Tweets – This is another fun and EASY way to earn revenue from your personal social media outlets! Once you are signed up with sponsored tweets you can connect your twitter account and get started. You set the amount that you want to be paid per tweet, and you can adjust it as you see fit, they even let you know what a good starting point would be, based on your followers. Then, it works in a similar way to Social Spark. Sponsored Tweets will offer you leads from businesses. If you accept, you can then craft a tweet, following the guidelines that the business has set in place. They usually require you share a link, sometimes they have specific hashtags they want you to use or other specific words. It is an easy way to earn some money, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the little bit of money for each tweet adds up — especially if you are an avid tweeter!

Now that you know how you can start making a little extra money with your social media interests, learn how to take create a career in oh-so-relevant realm of society. Visit our Career Library, 2nd largest in the nation, and check out books in our Media section, in the back of our Career Lab. Make a Career Counseling Appointment and meet one-on-one with a counselor, who can help you figure out if a career in Social Media is right for you, and if so, how to get there.

According to the director of the Washington Post’s Social Media team, most employers don’t care so much what your major is, as they do your work experience.

The Career Center can help you find a professional, personal internship to get valuable experience and boost your hire-ability!

The BruinView Jobs Listing is updated regularly with pages of results with a simple keyword search of “social media”

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Here are just some of the great recent postings. Apply today and get your foot through the door for your social media career!

Happy Hunting!