Career Counseling

Confused about what career options are out there? Not sure whether you should pursue a job in academia or beyond academia? Talking with a Career Counselor is a great way for graduate and PhD students to begin addressing their career development needs. If you'd like to explore new interests, then perhaps one of the career assements could be helpful. Whatever questions you have,  the resources below can help you find the path to your future career.

 

Counseling and Drop-in Hours

Talking with a Career Counselor is a great way for graduate and PhD students to begin addressing their career development needs.

  • Lana Smith-HaleMeet with a Career Counselor

Lana Smith-Hale (Lana.Smith-Hale@sa.ucsb.edu) is dedicated to helping graduate and PhD students navigate the world of career exploration. She is available by appointment at 805‑893‑4412 in the Student Resource Building room 1216.
 

  • Drop-in with the Graduate Career Peer

Caroline Schanche (Caroline.Schanche-PerretGentil@sa.ucsb.edu) is the graduate career peer who works to help students with their resumes, CVs and cover letters. Drop in during her office hours to get your materials reviewed. Drop in hours are Wednesdays from 2 ‑ 4 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. ‑ 12 p.m.
 

Career Assessments

Career Services offers several career assessment tools that have proven to be of value to graduate students, especially those looking to re-explore, clarify or solidify their career direction.  These assessments are used most effectively as part of the counseling/coaching process, where graduate students work with one of our career counselors to integrate their personal career themes and issues with the results of the assessment tools.  Below are the assessments that we offer for graduate students, as well as information on how to take them.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of the most popular assessments on the market. It enables you to gain a better understanding of your personality and the variables to consider as you research your career options. You can take it online in about 30 minutes, and your results will be ready in two business days.

Interpretation required.

Completion and interpretation process:

  1. Come to Career Resource Room, Building 599 and meet with a peer to sign up for the Career Assessment Program.
  2. You will receive instructions for taking the assessment online.
  3. You may choose whether you would like to get your results interpreted by a counselor in an individual appointment or in a group interpretation.
  4. You will reserve your time for your individual counseling appointment or group interpretation by either calling (805) 893-4412 or stopping by the Career Services front desk. Be sure that at least two business days elapse between the time you took the assessment and the date of your appointment. Note that advance registration is required for both types of interpretations.

 

 

 

 

Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is the leading career planning tool for those seeking career direction. Easy to use and understand, the SII assesses your interests against six broad categories of work. It can give you information such as “You are interested in business” or “You are interested in social service.” If you only take one assessment, this should be it. You can take it online in about 30 minutes and your results will be ready in two business days.

Interpretation required.

Completion and interpretation process:

  1. Come to Career Resource Room, Building 599 and meet with a peer to sign up for the Career Assessment Program.
  2. You will receive instructions for taking the assessment online.
  3. You may choose whether you would like to get your results interpreted by a counselor in an individual appointment or in a group interpretation.
  4. You will reserve your time for your individual counseling appointment or group interpretation by either calling (805) 893-4412 or stopping by the Career Services front desk. Be sure that at least two business days elapse between the time you took the assessment and the date of your appointment.  Note that advance registration is required for both types of interpretations.