Frequently Asked Questions for Students

While not unlawful to request an applicant's SSN, due to identity theft and general privacy concerns, employers generally should not request this information on an employment application form as an employment application is often viewed by individuals who do not have a need to know this information. An employment application should request only information directly related to an applicant’s ability to perform a specific job. As a general practice, employers should request SSN information only when absolutely necessary, e.g., in conjunction with a background check, completing a W-4, or when enrolling the employee into benefits plans. This information should be requested separate from the employment application, and safeguards should be in place to protect and keep this information confidential. Employers should also implement procedures for safe disposal of this information once an employment decision has been made. (Society for Human Resource Management)

We recommend viewing the winter or fall salary reports available through the National Association of Colleges and Universities (NACE). Click HERE for other resources to salary information.

For basic enrollment facts and information, check the UCSB Budget and Planning's Institutional Research website or the main UCSB campus website.

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. Walk-in counseling with a career counselor or peer advisor is usually limited to about 10 minutes.

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.

Location: Career Services is located in Building 599, between Storke Tower and the Humanities & Social Studies Building. We are a one story, pink and green trim adobe style building. The Career Resource Room is located just past the Career Services front desk. Search for "Counseling & Career Services" (E3) on Campus Map.

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. However, some graduate schools will not accept students without some previous work experience; this will be clearly stated in their application literature. Some programs will state that the programs "prefer" students who have had work experience. It is a good idea to clarify this statement directly with the graduate school prior to making applying.

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. This information can be obtained from the university's application information, or by writing the school directly.

Most people apply to somewhere between three and eight graduate schools, with five being the average number of applications submitted