One of our career peers follows some advise he read in our Career Manual on the importance of the "informational interview", and when opportunity knocked he opened the door to some fortuitous results.
In most cases, you are no longer eligible to do internship after graduation. The only exceptions will be in the public sector with government or non-government organizations typically located in Washington D.C. or New York City. See our Post-BA Internship web section located under “INTERNSHIPS”.
Most employers expect at least a two to three year commitment. If you know for sure you will be leaving within the year, you may wish to seek a more temporary position or consider other options for that year before graduate school.
Career Services specializes in helping you if you are not sure what to do. We have great career resources and counselors who can help you to tap in to your interests and passions. We will help also you make a game plan for your career. We strongly recommend internships, information interviews, and our career assessment program until then.
Attend one of our Job Launch workshops at Career Services for help on resume and cover letter writing. Printed workshop schedules are available at the beginning of each quarter and on our website. You can also drop-in on a counselor at the Career Resource Room and have them review your resume/cover letter. Drop-in hours at the CRR are 11am to 4:00pm daily.
Once you have some occupational titles in mind, there’s quite a bit of good information available on the Internet. Two good options are:
For most UCSB majors, the answer is “not much”. That’s because UCSB is a research institution, and therefore teaches critical thinking and research skills, but doesn’t really provide job training. The exceptions to this are the Engineering majors and the Economics and Accounting major which prepare students to become (big surprise) engineers and accountants. For everyone else, most UCSB majors can be related to most jobs.
Choose something you’re good at and that you’re interested in. Through this website you can get onto the departmental website for the major you want to learn more about. If you want to get some ideas about what occupations are related to the major check our Careers by Major page Students are always welcome to come in to talk with a Career Counselor, either for a quick 10-minute drop-in session at the Career Resource Room, or for a longer 30-minute appointment with a career counselor.