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“Careers with UC”: Seasoned advice for UC professionals

On Tuesday, April 9, the UC Virtual Career series presented “Careers with UC,” an hour-long panel discussion about employment and career opportunities within the University of California system.   

Yvette Gullatt, UC vice president for diversity and engagement and interim vice president for student affairs — as well as a UC Berkeley alumna with more than 30 years’ experience as a UC employee — moderated the panel. Special guests included: 

  • David Odato, UCSF associate vice chancellor of Human Resources and senior vice president of Human Resources, UCSF Health 
  • UCLA alumna Gwynn Benner, assistant vice provost, student success and co-director, First-Generation Initiative at UC Santa Cruz  
  • Donna Salvo, executive director, Systemwide Talent Management 

Top takeaways for building or growing your UC career 

  • Each UC campus has its own culture, which is a reflection of its size, geography and other factors. Before applying to a campus, make sure to research these factors to make sure it’s the right fit for you.
  • The personal characteristics needed to succeed at UC are consistent systemwide: agility, collaboration, cultural competency, mission-driven focus and respect for others rise to the top.
  • UC hiring managers are looking for candidates who stand out from the pack. When you’re invited for an interview, do your homework, come prepared and follow these tips: 
    • As a current UC employee, explain how your skills are transferrable between UC positions and divisions 
    • When responding to questions, offer concise, clear answers 
    • Demonstrate your passion and curiosity for the role you’re applying for 
    • Highlight your experiences working for and supporting diverse clients and students 
  • Develop thoughtful questions to ask your interviewers (What skills do I need to be successful in this position? How does this division support the goals of the university? How do this department’s goals align with national trends in education?) 
  • It’s possible to change your career path if you’re ready to try something new. Requesting informational interviews, finding mentors, identifying how your existing skills can apply to new opportunities and tailoring your resume towards your goals are key to a successful transition.
  • UC offers free career development tools like self-assessments and professional development tutorials for employees through the My UC Career portal. 

 Watch the panel and learn more 

Watch the full episode for more information on the points above, as well as an overview of the candidate experience — from searching for jobs to the application portalinterview process and hiring decision.  

Ready to expand your UC career? Check out the following resources: 

 Next up: Culture + Career 

On May 8, from 12-1 p.m., catch the next course in the Virtual Career Series, Culture + CareerDiscover how your culture comes into play in the workplace 

  • Find out how workplace culture can impact your productivity, mobility and success 
  • Get tips for evaluating a company’s culture, beyond its mission statement
  • Learn how to identify whether a company is a good fit for you
  • Get advice on how you can be your authentic self in the workplace 

 This course is free for UC alumni, staff and friends. To reserve your place, register online now. 

 About the Virtual Career Series 

Launched in early 2019, the UC Virtual Career Series — produced by UCOP and all 10 UC Alumni Associations — offers monthly high-impact webinars that provide insights and information for UC alumni and staff to launch, grow and expand their career opportunitiesMark your calendar to save the date for upcoming webinars and visit the Virtual Career Series website for registration information as each event approaches. 

  • LGBTQ @ Work
    June 11, 2019, 12-1 p.m. 
  • Marketing Your Ph.D. for a Non-Academic Career
    July 9, 2019, 12-1 p.m. 
  • Leveraging Your UC Network
    August 2019 TBD
  • Leveraging LinkedIn
    September 2019 TBD
  • Professional Insights from Career Coaches
    October 2019 TBD
  • Inside the Hiring Process: Insights from Recruiters
    November 2019 TBD

 Just learning about the Virtual Career Series today? No problem. You can view all past webinars on the Virtual Career Series websiteSelect a link below to watch the course on YouTube. 

Questions? Contact Katie Ward. 

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