Welcome Families!

Ignacio GallardoDear UCSB Families,

Welcome to Career Services. We are located in the heart of campus and our facilities include a Career Resources library filled with both digital and hard-copy career-related information, 13 individual interview rooms, and a large classroom which is used for numerous workshops and employer information sessions each quarter. Our professional staff is dedicated to helping students to identify and fulfill their career goals.

At Career, our mission is to teach lifelong skills. By providing comprehensive resources and programs, we help your student learn how to research career fields, assess personal attributes, obtain internships and identify job opportunities. Our aim is simple: to support all students in every stage of the career development process from exploration to negotiation. I am excited to be part of a team of talented career professionals dedicated to providing the best tools and advice to students.

I believe that students should begin the career exploration process as early as possible in their college career. With this in mind, please join us in encouraging your student to initiate the process of choosing major, learn to write strong professional documents, explore internships, attend employer presentations, and engage with UCSB staff, faculty, and alumni during their time here. These steps will help your student to develop a greater understanding of career fields and have more career options as they progress with their college education.

Each quarter, we offer a variety of programs and events for all students. Aside from choosing a major and developing job search skills workshops, we also offered a number of applying to graduate school workshops, admission exam strategy sessions, and admissions panels aimed at helping your student understand every aspect of applying to graduate school. In addition to these services, our employer relations team works to facilitate relationships with employers interested in recruiting our talented students.

As you can see, regardless of future goals, there is something for everyone at Career. We encourage students to become involved with Career early by stopping by the Career Resource Room, scheduling a career counseling appointment, attending a workshop, and making Career a regular part of their UCSB experience. You can help.

Thank you for loaning us your students for four years. I encourage your emails and phone calls to discuss the possibilities available to your students: (805) 893-4412.

Warmest regards,

Ignacio Gallardo
Director, Career Services

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