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Climb to Your Career in Four Years

April 10, 2017

Where will you be in four years? Will you be ready to join the work force?

Maybe you have your future planned: You know what you want to be after graduation and you have an idea of how to get there. Or, maybe you aren’t even sure what you want to major in—never mind know what kind of career you want to have after college.

No matter if you’re decided or unsure—if you’re planning to graduate in four years and find your place in the work force, take steps now to reach your goals. It’s never too early (or too late) to start. But—the earlier you start, the easier it will be to prepare!

First, develop the habit of stopping by the career services office on a regular basis. Check in a few times during your freshman year, more often during your sophomore year, frequently during your junior year, and weekly during your senior year.

Here’s a timeline to guide your progress:

Every Fall

  • Make an appointment to talk with a career services counselor.
  • Check the Career Services website calendar for dates and times of career development and job-search workshops and seminars, career and job fairs, and company information sessions.
  • Update your resume and have it critiqued and proofread.
  • Join professional associations and become an active member to build a network of colleagues in your field. Find a student version of your professional association and take leadership roles.
  • Subscribe to and read professional journals in your chosen field.

Freshman Year

Asking questions, exploring your options (up to 30 hours)

  • If you missed an orientation, come talk to our Career Peers to familiarize yourself with the services and resources available.
  • Take interest and career inventory tests at the Career Services office.
  • Start a career information file or notebook that will include records of your career development and job-search activities for the next four years.
  • Identify at least four skills employers want and plan how you will acquire these skills before graduation. Visit your career center for information on the skills.
  • Scan the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is filled with information on hundreds of occupations. Check out career-search books and software in the Career Resource Room.
  • Familiarize yourself with this web site—a good source of tips and articles to help with your job search.
  • Take a resume writing class and explore other career planning workshops. Write your first resume.
  • Explore your interests, abilities, and skills through required academics.
  • Talk to faculty, alumni, advisers, and career counselors about exploring possible majors and careers.
  • Join university organizations that will offer you leadership roles in the future.
  • Collect information on internships and summer jobs available through GauchoLink.
  • Consider volunteer positions to help build your resume.

Sophomore Year

Researching options/testing paths (up to 60 hours)

  • Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to bring yourself up-to-date on what’s needed in your career file.
  • Update your resume (with your summer activities) and have it critiqued.
  • Consider internship, summer, and school-break job opportunities that relate to your interests.
  • Read at least one book on career planning recommended by Career Services staff.
  • Explore at least three career options available to you through your major.
  • Take a cover-letter writing workshop.
  • Review your progress in learning four (or more) skills employers look for in new hires.
  • Research various occupations in the Occupational Outlook Handbook  and materials in the career center library.
  • Attend on-campus career and job fairs and employer information sessions relating to your interests.
  • Identify organizations and associations in your interest areas for shadowing opportunities and informational interviews.
  • Join at least one professional or honorary organization related to your major to make contact with people in the professional world.
  • Work toward one leadership position in a university club or activity.
  • Begin to collect recommendations from previous and current employers.
  • Put together an interview outfit.

Junior Year

Making decisions/plotting directions (up to 100 hours)

  • Schedule an appointment with a career services counselor to have your updated resume critiqued.
  • Narrow your career interests.
  • Review your participation in a co-op program or explore internship opportunities with a career services professional.
  • Participate in interviewing, cover-letter writing, and other job-search workshops.
  • Practice your skills at mock interviews.
  • Review your progress in learning four (or more) skills employers look for in new hires.
  • Attend on-campus career and job fairs and employer information sessions that relate to your interests.
  • Take leadership positions in clubs and organizations.
  • Consider graduate school and get information on graduate entrance examinations.
  • Ask former employers and professors to serve as references or to write recommendations to future employers.
  • Complete at least five informational interviews (see Step 3) in careers you want to explore.
  • Shadow several professionals in your field.
  • Research potential employers in the Career Resource Room and talk to recent graduates in your major about the job market and potential employers.
  • Start your professional wardrobe.

Senior year

Searching, interviewing, accepting, success!

  • Update your resume and visit Career Services to have it critiqued.
  • Get your copy of the Career Services calendar and register for on-campus interviews. Also schedule off-campus interviews.
  • Develop an employer prospect list with contact names and addresses from organizations you are interested in pursuing.
  • Gather information on realistic salary expectations.
  • Attend local association meetings to meet potential employers.
  • Draft a cover letter that can be adapted for a variety of employers and have it critiqued.
  • Participate in interviewing workshops and practice interviews.
  • Read two or more professional or trade publications from your major and career field on a regular basis.
  • If you are planning to go to graduate school, take graduate school entrance exams and complete applications.
  • Follow up on all applications and keep a record of the status of each.
  • Go on second interviews. Evaluate job offers and accept one.
  • Report all job offers and your acceptance to Career Services.

Good luck in your career!

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder.

Third-Party Recruiters and Ph.D. Candidates

March 27, 2017

Ph.D.s and postdocs who are job seeking outside of academe need all the help they can get, and it is nice to imagine a recruiter (or headhunter) working diligently to find that perfect job for you while you focus on other things — like research, writing, fieldwork and teaching. However, the reality is that effort is required on the part of a job seeker to connect with recruiters, and most recruiters are very specialized in the types of people they seek and the level of position they are filling.

Read the full article at Inside Higher Ed (link is external)

By Natalie Lundsteen (September 14, 2015)

Natalie Lundsteen is director of graduate career development at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Tech Tools for PhDs in the Job Search

March 13, 2017

by Joseph Barber, associate director of career services at the University of Pennsylvania, for Inside Higher Ed

Reviews of websites and databases that can help the Ph.D. or postdoc doing a job search: LinkedIn,, GoinGlobal, MyIDP, and Versatile Ph.D.

Fitting Your Resume To The Job Listing

February 27, 2017

“So you stumble across a job that sounds interesting…what do you pay attention to? If you’re like most job seekers, you might skip straight to the qualifications to see if you’re qualified, skim the rest of the document, then send in your application, right? Well, if you do this, you’re likely missing out on clues that can help you craft a stand-out resume.” – Victoria Crispo

This article will help you analyze a job description and locate the following in order to target your resume to a specific employer:

  • Organization description and mission
  • Job responsibilities
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Candidate attributes and characteristics
  • Keywords and key lingo
  • Application instructions and deadlines

Read the full article on Idealist Careers (link is external).

By Victoria Crispo, program coordinator and blog contributor at Idealist (link is external) on

May 18, 2015

7 Habits of Successfull Job Seekers

February 13, 2017

Most successful job seekers on LinkedIn aren’t just searching, viewing, and applying for jobs on LinkedIn, they’re doing something more. LinkedIn recently released a report about smart job seeking based on analysis of over 4,000 “super job seekers” (members who looked at a job at a particular company and then joined that company within three months).

The infographic report, “7 Smart Habits of Successful Job Seekers” is on the LinkedIn Blog.

Text of “7 Smart Habits of Successful Job Seekers”

7 Smart Habits of Successful Job Seekers

We studied job seekers who successfully found a job within 3 months. Here’s a sneak peek at how they used LinkedIn, and how you can too:

Add new skills to your profile – Add relevant skills to your profile so recruiters looking for candidates with you background can find you. (91% listed 5 or more skills)

Follow companies you’re interested in – Stay up-to-date with the latest news, be well informed in conversations and interview, and learn about new job opportunities (91% used LinkedIn Company Pages for research)

Add a professional profile photo – Doing so puts a face to a name and helps project a friendly and approachable image (89% had a profile photo)

Keep adding new connections – Grow your network to be more visible, get your foot in the door at new companies, and expose yourself to new job opportunities (87% added 10 or more connections)

Join LinkedIn Groups for your industry – Network, ask questions, and look out for job openings posted by fellow group members (82% participated in LinkedIn Groups)

Get endorsed for your skills – This helps you show, and not just tell employers, that you have what it takes to get the job done (81% had 10 or more endorsements)

Broaden your professional horizons – Take 10 minutes each day to read the hottest news in your industry, and insights from thought leaders. LinkedIn Pulse delivers relevant articles directly to your newsfeed (81% were engaged with content on LinkedIn)

Building Relevant Work Experience

January 30, 2017

Getting the Most From Your Internship Experience

Learning, confirming, impressing, and positioning. When you take an internship, these should be four of your goals.

Of course you want to learn as much as you can about your employer and its culture, and about the industry in which it operates. You’re looking to confirm that both the employer and the industry are good matches for you.

But you also want to impress managers and leaders to position yourself for an offer of full-time employment from the organization once you graduate.

“If you get a ‘high-quality’ internship that gives you the chance to apply what you are studying in school, it will give you the opportunity to confirm that your major is really the right direction for the start of your career,” explains Steve Canale, General Electric’s (GE) manager of global recruiting and staffing services. “An internship is a great testing ground to make sure that you are on the right path.”

Most companies hire the majority of their full-time college graduates from their pool of interns and co-ops. Canale says that 70 percent of GE’s full-time hires have interned with the company.  What can you do to get the most out of your internship experience? First, you need to know what employers look for in their interns that makes them candidates for full-time positions.

First and foremost, employers see potential in you, says Julie Cunningham, president of The Cunningham Group. Potential, Cunningham explains, is indicated by your:

  • Ability to learn quickly (not just the job tasks, but the informal rules of the organization)
  • Perseverance when confronted with obstacles
  • Ability to work independently and finish tasks
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Technical skills related to the job

“Lastly,” she continues, “don’t underestimate how much social poise and good manners count.”

Burke Walls, Intel’s intern program manager, agrees, adding that a positive attitude during your internship is a key indicator of on-the-job success.

“Many times, students come into an internship ready for their dream job,” Walls says.

“However, in some cases, that dream job may be several steps away from the original internship. Even if this is the situation you’re in, you need to perform at a high level. Managers want to see you take care of your assignments, understand your deliverables, and use your skills and the resources available to you to get the job done. Be humble and appreciate the work others have done to make you successful.”

In this competitive job market, it’s important to keep in mind that the overarching goal of an internship is to get a full-time job offer, Canale says. “Realize that, like school, you are in a competitive environment and that your actions, attitude, and deliverables are being ‘graded,’ ” he adds. “With this in mind, look for ways to differentiate yourself.”

To make your mark, take advantage of the opportunities your employer makes available to you, says Shannon Atkison, Vanguard’s intern program manager. An example is speaking or presenting in front of senior leaders.

“Treat this like a final exam and prepare as much as you can,” Atkison says. “And be creative with your projects. Every project has the opportunity to turn into something robust and value-added given the right amount of time and creativity you put into it. These opportunities are like auditions and represent an incredible chance for you to set yourself apart.”

Incorporating these strategies will help you meet your internship goals in pursuit of the ultimate prize: a full-time job offer.

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.


January 20, 2017

fathom-careers-banner_600px-width_225px-heightWalking up the stairs in FATHOM’s Oakland-based 3D printing facility, I notice a group of small greyish objects along the stairwell. Leslie Ugarte, head of HR and UCSB graduate, tells me that FATHOM doesn’t bother with employee photos; instead, it uses 3D printers to create a bust of each person to highlight their unique—and growing—workforce.
Housed in a great location near Jack London Square in a classic manufacturing/brick loft-type structure with a youthful vibe, FATHOM is currently undergoing its largest expansion to date, doubling the size of its production center at its headquarters to accommodate the growing need for accelerated manufacturing services. The applications of 3D printing are almost limitless and cross all industries—biomedical, automotive, entertainment, industrial, aeronautical, retail, to name just a few! FATHOM works with companies large and small, creating parts, developing products, and providing equipment for organizations ranging from the largest Silicon Valley titans to startups looking to secure funding.
The team members at FATHOM seem to relish the fresh and exciting challenges that come with much of their work, as many of the projects they work on entail creating something that has never before existed.polyjet-technology-fathom-3d-printing-services-600px-width_96px-height



3D printing, or as it’s called in the industry, “Additive Manufacturing,” is an umbrella term for creating parts through adding material layer by layer. In one of the most common processes, PolyJet 3D printing, the part is made somewhat similarly to 2D inkjet printing. Controlled by a computer model or 3D scan, the 3D printer creates a part by laying down material as slim as one-tenth of a millimeter, then lowering the build tray, and repeating the process until the three-dimensional part is complete. FATHOM 3D prints parts in a variety of materials, including thermoplastics, metals, and even circuitry!
FATHOM is looking to hire UCSB students in a variety of positions including design and engineering roles (for those with technical skills), lead generation, customer service, and many more. Specific majors and types of experience will vary by position and focus. Leslie Ugarte ( welcomes outreach from UCSB students to discuss their interest in working at FATHOM (
Recent CNET feature on FATHOM’s work with Mercedes, Oakland facility, and 3D printing processes: