Your user name and password allows you to browse part-time and full-time jobs by job functional areas. You can also preview upcoming company campus interviews (primarily in the fall and winter quarters), watch for information sessions presented on campus by our employers, store your resumes/cover letters as you apply for jobs, and track your internship progress. You can read more about GauchoLink on the website or come by the Career Services building to talk to our Career Reference Room peers.
No, you are welcome to utilize our printed resources located in a separate section of the Career Resources Room during regular hours. For quick questions, we also provide a drop-in advising service Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in the same location.
Students seeking assistance with academic or non-academic job search materials or strategies and interview practice may schedule an hour appointment with a career counselor by calling 893-4412, or by stopping by the lobby desk at Career Services, Bldg. 599. When classes are in session, counselors are available for appointments Monday-Friday, 8:30am to noon and 1:00pm to 4:30pm, with the last scheduled appointment at 4:00pm. You can also take advantage of our walk-in counseling in the Career Resource Room from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Hours: When school is in session, our hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. During the lunch hour, our counseling office are closed, but we do have student and staff employees in the Career Resource Room. We can be reached at (805) 893-4412. Refer to our Contact Page more hours of operation information.
Many students prefer to take a break after their bachelor's degree for a number of reasons, e.g., to travel, to earn money for graduate school, to gain work experience, or to take some time to clarify their career and academic goals before committing to a graduate program. Any one of these reasons is valid. Graduate schools accept students right out of undergraduate school as well as people who have not seen the inside of a university for fifteen years. It is more important that the "timing" of graduate school fit your career and personal time clock.
Yes. It is a good idea to contact the graduate admissions committee to find out how you can strengthen your application for the following year. Your candidacy for admissions will be considered anew, and your application will be reviewed and ranked on the merits of the new applications that are received for that year.
No. More often than not, your reasons for pursuing graduate study will be to gain further expertise in your undergraduate discipline, but it is not mandatory that you study the same discipline. In the case of Law, Social Work, Public Health, and Medicine, for example, there are no corresponding undergraduate disciplines. The entering graduate class will contain a wide variety of undergraduate majors and experiences. However, the graduate school may require you to take the core undergraduate courses within the discipline before considering your application.
Most people apply to somewhere between three and eight graduate schools, with five being the average number of applications submitted. Your preliminary research on graduate schools should give you an idea of the number of applications received versus the number of students accepted by each graduate school. This information will help you determine how many applications will give you the highest possibility of acceptance into a graduate program.
The critical thing is to confirm in writing either way you go. This can be done by mail or email. It is important to ask for time to evaluate and discuss your offer with those you trust before automatically accepting. Once you accept, it is unethical to decline if a better offer comes along unless there are compelling reasons. The employer is also expected to live up to it’s written offer that was made.