Ignacio Gallardo



(805) 893-4412

What are some of your favorite career-related resources to share with students?: 

I strongly believe in the importance of networking and creating a professional online presence while job searching. While there are many tools to help with this, LinkedIn is one of the most valuable career-related resource students should utilize. LinkedIn and other social media tools are essential for all students at the beginning stages of cultivating a career.

What do you want to make sure students know about Career Services?: 

Career Services is here for YOU! By providing comprehensive in-house and online resources, programs, and counseling on career development, internships, employment, and graduate school, our professional staff helps you make solid career decisions, connect with employers, and attain your life goals. We encourage you to make your career development an integral part of your college experience.

What piece of advice do you have for undergraduates? Graduates?: 

It's quite normal for college students to feel confused and overwhelmed by all of the career decisions they must make. Fortunately, there’s a strategy you can use to make the whole process a little easier on your nerves and your brain: Pursue tangible career goals each year you’re in school. Career development is a four year process so visit us early and often. We can help you make better sense of the career development process and give you a reasonably easy way to move through it. The sooner you start the more confidence you'll have in making decisions about what to do after graduation, regardless of what that next big move might look like.

What are your specialty areas?: 

My primary role as Director of Career Services at UCSB is to help students at all stages of the career development process from exploration to negotiation. By providing comprehensive resources and programs, Career assists students to develop professionally and provides them with the tools to make good career decisions, connect with employers, develop their brand, and attain their life goals. I specialize in using new technologies and social media in the job search to develop a professional online presence. I also assist employers in developing successful recruiting plans on campus by serving as a liaison between recruiting employers and students.