Rebecca Tivang

UCSB Career Practicum

How did you choose your major? Minor?: 

I read a book that really changed my perspective on life and intercultural interactions called The Sparrow, and the main character was a linguist. His work with different people and languages seemed fascinating to me, and I decided to major in Language, Culture and Society.

Describe the different types of internship or job experiences that you have been involved with?: 

I have worked as Career Services since my sophomore year as a Career Peer Advisor – this year is my first year as a Co-Leader, and it has been really rewarding. Also, over the summer I worked in the program Upward Bound as an in-class aide and tutor for a ninth grade Creative Writing class. I love to work with students, and creative writing is one of my passions, so combining the two made for a great experience.

Which student organizations are you currently involved with?: 

I am part of the Red Cross club on campus, and over the summer I was involved with Upward Bound, a program that helps low-income and first generation students get prepared for college.

What is your current career goal?: 

I have a variety of interests, and it makes it hard for me to pinpoint just one thing that I want to do. Currently, I plan to go to graduate school for Creative Writing, and I plan to write no matter what I end up doing. I am passionate about dogs, and lately I have been considering training as an Animal Behaviorist and eventually creating a dog therapy program for children with learning disabilities – dogs have immense value as therapeutic tools for people of all backgrounds and abilities, and creating a program to connect people and dogs would combine my love of service and my love of our canine friends. I just completed my interviews for Teach for America and I’m waiting to hear from them, so I might end up serving as a teacher for two years. No matter what happens, I know that I need to find a career in which I help others.

What one resource would you recommend to students coming to Career Services?: 

I would recommend just stopping in and talking to our Peers. We’re all eager to help, and no matter what stage of career exploration you’re in, we have resources for you!

What career advice would you give to UCSB students that you wish you knew about earlier on?: 

It’s never too early to start thinking about a career. Too many people are unhappy with what they’re doing – find out what your passions are, and do something that utilizes them! As a freshman, it’s important to start to get to know yourself through our Assessment Program, because when you know yourself you can start to narrow down your options. Come into the Career Resource Room and talk to someone about taking a free assessment to get started!