Tips for Getting Started in the Gig Economy & Building Your Business
Short-term or freelance work, also known as the gig economy, is everywhere nowadays. If you’re seeking flexibility in your schedule or simply need some extra cash, look no further. Side hustles are definitely the way to go. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are some tips on how to get started.
If you’re looking to actually start building your successful gig-based business, be sure to cross these off your checklist:
Whether you want to pay down credit card bills or evolve your career path, gig-based businesses are the future. According to Forbes, the workforce majority by 2027 will be freelancers. Figure out what you’re good at and what you love to do. This may turn into your opportunity of a lifetime.
Giving Day 2018 has just come and went and it has left a large impact on the school and, especially, on our organizations. The UCI Engineering Alumni Society wants to thank you all for your generous support and spreading the word, donating, and giving on a day that means a lot to organizations like us who want to make a difference in yours and other's lives. With this money, we are hoping to offer more freebies at our events whether it's food, giveaways, or better speakers!
We had a total of 15 donations and the total goal of 2400 donations throughout the school was accomplished!
Our goal is to always serve our Engineering Alumni and beyond! We hope you continue to enjoy our events and hope everyone can make it out to one of our big events this May, the Student Alumni Mixer on May 15th at Donald Bren Hall 6011 (penthouse) from 6pm-9pm.
Lastly, we wanted to make a shoutout to our donors from yesterday. A special thanks to the following for your generosity and the first 5 donors will be receiving an Anteater Engineers shirts by attending our Student Alumni Mixer:
Thank you all for your generosity and support. It means the world to our organization and gives us the flexibility to do higher scale events in addition to our smaller events. See you at our future events!
How Professionals Can Seek Help for Addiction Without Damaging Their Career
Coming to terms with an addiction is always challenging, but for professionals who are worried about the stability of their careers, it can be overwhelming. Seeking treatment for substance abuse is absolutely the right choice, but it’s understandable to be concerned about how it will affect your livelihood. It’s important to do some research to find out what your rights are when it comes to your job, school, and housing, and come up with a plan for seeking help.
Finding treatment is a very personal decision, and no one method works for everyone. It’s imperative that you think about what will work best for you and talk to a doctor about how to get started. Garnering support from friends and family is essential, as well, so talk to your loved ones about what you need to be successful.
Here are a few tips on how to seek help for addiction without damaging your career.
Know the signs of addiction
Addiction affects everyone differently, but there are similar warning signs for most people that signify a problem. If you’ve found yourself suffering from depression or anxiety, are having trouble being social and are withdrawing from friends and family, or are using substances daily, it might be time to seek help. Since the root causes of substance abuse vary from person to person, it can be difficult to recognize why you’re using drugs or alcohol until you seek counseling, so talk to a therapist or seek a support group. Click here for more information on recognizing the signs of addiction.
Know your rights
Knowing your rights will help prevent any confusion when it comes to your career, but it will also be important in regards to your housing situation, school, financial aid, and ability to secure loans or credit in the future, especially if you have legal issues in connection to your addiction. Employers cannot discriminate against an individual who is seeking treatment for addiction, but it’s still a good idea to talk to your boss about your decision. You don’t have to give details, but letting them know what’s going on will show them that you’re willing to be transparent and honest.
Never abuse substances on the job
Not only will abusing drugs or alcohol while on the job lead to reprimands or even termination, it can also be dangerous, depending on the type of work you do. Never use substances while at work or before you report to work. Employers can’t discriminate against individuals who are seeking treatment and need to take time off, but they can and will terminate employment if they catch you under the influence. Many people sign an agreement when they’re hired that says they will comply with random drug testing, and this could include you.
Learn to manage stress
Because many people use substances to numb emotional pain or to reduce stress, it’s important to learn how to cope with those issues without the aid of drugs or alcohol. You might practice yoga and/or meditation, seek the assistance of a therapy pet, or join a support group that can help you vent your feelings of stress and frustration. Sometimes, talking to someone who understands what you’re feeling can be a huge help.
Seeking help for overcoming an addiction can be a long and difficult process. Remind yourself that it’s for your own benefit and that you deserve to be healthy and happy, and seek the help of a counselor or mentor who can help you remain accountable for your actions. Reducing stress at home and at work will help you steer clear of any issues within your career and will help you learn to cope without substances.
Join the UCI Engineering Alumni Society on the 2nd annual ski trip.This time we will be spending two nights in Mammoth. We'll arrive late Friday night and enjoy dinner together. We start Saturday early with breakfast and head to the mountain for snowboarding or skiing. Sunday we wrap up with breakfast and for those willing we'll go skiing again. The cost for lodging and food for both days is $100.00. Lodging at the Mammoth Ski and Racquetball Club.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort boasts an impressive 400 inches of annual snowfall and the highest summit elevation in the state of California at a height of 11,053ft. Located in the southwest corner of the volcanic Long Valley Caldera on the eastern edge of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain Range; Mammoth Mountain lives up to its name by offering over 3,500 skiable acres and a 3,100ft vertical drop.
The resort is home to modern facilities, excellent terrain options. The mountain has a variety of expansive bowls, tree skiing, wide open groomers, steep chutes and world-class terrain parks.
Registration: $100 per person. Includes the following:
Lodging Friday & Saturday night
Dinner Friday, Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
Dress Code: Sporty
As Halloween was quickly approaching and after the relief of finishing the national PE exam, UCI EAS set out for a fun costumed night with people dressed from Barrack Obama to Netflix and Chill. This fun and will dressed group of 15 or so started off with the festive Arts District Brewing Co. where we enjoyed some delicious Halloween cocktails and beer and enjoyed figuring out everyone costumes. Afterwards, we went to the fun bar arcade of Eighty-Two where we met some of the stragglers of the group like our Pharrell lookalike. There, we enjoyed the classic arcade games, nice open patio, and fun music atmosphere. With all the fun there, it was hard to move on, but we made it to the Angel City Brewery for some late night munchies and good beer. Lastly, we finished the night at Little Tokyo's Tapas and Wine Bar C and enjoyed their spookily themes dining room and settled down for the night. All in all, we had a jolly good night full of exploration and meeting members from all over the LA region as well as some ASCE members.
The UCI Engineering Alumni Society is proud of all the hard work we accomplished last year to put on fun and informational events and proud to announce applications are available for the new board for this term. Applications can be found at http://goo.gl/forms/bXkdO2McnRr7PTzk1 and phone meetings will be scheduled for select individuals. We look forward to working with you and hope to see you at upcoming events.
Form: Google Docs / Position Description: Google Docs
Asian American Architects/Engineers Student and Young Professional Networking Event | Affiliate Event
“Enhancing Your Interviewing and Networking Skills”
Friday, April 22nd, 2016, 6 – 9 PM
UC Irvine Mechanical Engineering Department Seeking Companies for Fall 2016 Industry-Collaboration Program
UCI's Mechanical Engineering department has a program which partners with local businesses to have a group of mechanical engineering students work on a project for the company for 10 weeks, investing about 12 hours a week per student with the groups consisting of 5 to 6 students. The program is different than an internship in that it seeks to solve a problem or complete a project for the company.
We attended the UCI Homecoming which brought a lot of alumni from all years. From the amazing UCI Flag they gave out to a fun Anteater’s basketball game, Homecoming was a success through and through! The UCI Engineering Alumni Society booth had lots of visitors that day, including our good friend Peter the Anteater!
A lot of people joined in on our newly created game, “Zot Ball,” which was enjoyed by kids and adults!
The event included a lot of activities on the main stage with many dance and singing performances as well as a talk by UCI's very own alumni contact, Barney Ellis-Perry who serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations and CEO of the UC Irvine Alumni Association.
After the event, we all enjoyed the basketball game which was by far one of the biggest crowds in UCI history. All in all, it was a great day, with all sorts of booths that helped us reminisce our days at UCI as well as bring us back to talk with all of our fellow alumni.
Author: UCI EAS
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