UCSB Career Services Blog

Tech Tools for PhDs in the Job Search

by Joseph Barber, associate director of career services at the University of Pennsylvania, for Inside Higher Ed Reviews of websites and databases that can help the Ph.D. or postdoc doing a job search: LinkedIn, Indeed.com, GoinGlobal, MyIDP, and Versatile Ph.D. https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2014/12/15/essay-technology-tools-help-phds-and-postdocs-job-hunts

Fitting Your Resume To The Job Listing

“So you stumble across a job that sounds interesting…what do you pay attention to? If you’re like most job seekers, you might skip straight to the qualifications to see if you’re qualified, skim the rest of the document, then send in your application, right? Well, if you do this, you’re likely missing out on clues […]

7 Habits of Successfull Job Seekers

Most successful job seekers on LinkedIn aren’t just searching, viewing, and applying for jobs on LinkedIn, they’re doing something more. LinkedIn recently released a report about smart job seeking based on analysis of over 4,000 “super job seekers” (members who looked at a job at a particular company and then joined that company within three […]

Building Relevant Work Experience

Getting the Most From Your Internship Experience Learning, confirming, impressing, and positioning. When you take an internship, these should be four of your goals. Of course you want to learn as much as you can about your employer and its culture, and about the industry in which it operates. You’re looking to confirm that both […]


Walking up the stairs in FATHOM’s Oakland-based 3D printing facility, I notice a group of small greyish objects along the stairwell. Leslie Ugarte, head of HR and UCSB graduate, tells me that FATHOM doesn’t bother with employee photos; instead, it uses 3D printers to create a bust of each person to highlight their unique—and growing—workforce. […]

Find Your Career: Information Interviews and Shadowing

The best way to explore a potential career choice is by speaking with and/or following someone who works in that career. Do an information interview. Learn first-hand about your chosen profession by asking questions about tasks, business environment, and educational background. Shadow a professional. Follow someone in your career choice as they go through a […]

Gaucho finds his dream job in aviation w/ the US Marines

Michael Wu is a UCSB graduate of the Class of 2016 and a recently commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Growing up in Southern California as the son of Taiwanese immigrants, Michael has always had a humble mindset and a deep appreciation for having what he deems “a great upbringing in a […]

MY VISIT TO SKECHERS (Manhattan Beach, CA)

24 years ago an exciting idea became a reality when Skechers was officially incorporated in Manhattan Beach. Business was conducted from a beach house and the only style available was a practical work boot. Now the 2nd largest athletic shoe retailer (behind Nike), the company is on track to have 1,600 locations globally and has […]

Top 10 Career Strategies for Freshmen and Sophomores

You control your career destiny! Just going to class and picking up your diploma after four years doesn’t cut it. You need to become active on and off campus. Becoming marketable to employers or graduate schools is a four-year job. Here are the top 10 things you can do during college to make yourself marketable […]

My Trip to NuVasive

NuVasive Inc., based in San Diego, California, is a global medical device company focused on transforming spine surgery by empowering surgeons with technology to approach procedures in the least disruptive way possible. NuVasive’s solutions include access instruments, implantable hardware and software systems and reconciliation technology that center on achieving the global alignment of the spine. […]

A Career Planning Course for Parents

Your son or daughter just left for (or returned to) college but doesn’t seem to have a clue as to what he or she wants to major in, let alone choose as a career. Don’t worry, this is not unusual, although you might wish your child had a little more sense of direction. Choosing a career […]