Typical career fair advice looks something like this: put on a blazer, print copies of your resume, practice handshakes. But do these tips really prepare you to enter a room full of representatives for companies that often design drones and surveillance systems, maintain toxic working conditions, and gentrify and displace Black and brown communities?
This zine was created by a group of undergraduate STEM majors at the Claremont Colleges – Pomona (PO), Claremont McKenna (CMC), Harvey Mudd (HMC), Scripps (SCR), and Pitzer (PZ) – questioning and reimagining our relationships to the tech industry. We distributed print copies outside of the Spring career fair at Harvey Mudd College in February 2020, hoping to encourage reflection about both the specific companies that came to recruit and the tech industry as a whole.
These questions take on new relevance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, in which science and technology companies have positioned themselves as saviors—from vaccine development to contact tracing apps. We hope that this guide sparks critical conversations about the tech world with not only job recruiters, but also friends, family, colleagues, professors, and anyone else. Everyone is affected by technology’s role in our lives, and we all play a role in transforming it!
Note: After creating this zine it came to our attention that one of the authors we cite, Isaac Asimov, was a known perpetrator of sexual harassment and abuse. We want to acknowledge this history and provide a warning that pages 13-14 (the 7th spread) heavily feature his work.
Mudd’s Declassified Career Survival Guide