Career Conversations

As career readiness is critical to students’ long-term success, we created learning sessions to prepare campus partners with assisting students with career related questions and refer to relevant resources.

Career Readiness Briefings (faculty) and Career Conversations (staff and student leaders) are interactive sessions where participants learn about:

  • The career development process
  • Eight key competencies employers are looking for when hiring college students
  • Practical career-related resources, services, and programs available to students

There are separate tracks available for 1) faculty, 2) staff, and 3) student leaders.

Available Tracks

  • Faculty

    We encourage all faculty to attend a Career Readiness Briefing and utilize these relevant resources and links to assist both graduate and undergraduate students in their career development:

    Career Readiness Briefings

    The 60-minute in-person  Career Readiness Briefing provides an opportunity to learn more about career readiness and how other faculty have incorporated career-related topics into their work with students, as well as to provide additional on and off campus career-related resources.  If you are interested in learning more about this program or scheduling a training, please contact Michelle Mallen (mallenm@uci.edu). 

    Tools and Resources 

    Thank you for helping your students prepare for the world of work and success beyond UCI!  These resources are designed to give you a variety of tools for assisting students in their career development. Access resources here.

    Getting Started with Career Readiness:

    Get started by learning about the key career readiness competencies employers value when hiring college students.  Learn how to easily incorporate these competencies in your course syllabi and student job descriptions and see examples of other faculty syllabi here.

    Best Practices for Faculty:

    We recommend incorporating these faculty best practices in your courses, office hours, and conversations with students.  There are a variety of options involving a range of commitment levels, starting with simple, easy-to-adopt ideas.  

    Resources for Students:

    These links, PPT slides, handouts, and Canvas announcements are a great way to share up-to-date career-related resources and events with your students.  

    Join our DCP ListServ:

    We invite you to join our Career Readiness Briefings ListServ to receive quarterly announcements regarding career-related events and programs.  Join here!

    Join our Grad ListServ:

    We also invite you to join our Grad ListServ to receive periodic announcements regarding career-related events and programs specifically targeting our graduate student population.  Join here!

  • Staff

    In-Person Career Conversations Trainings

    We encourage all staff to attend a 2.5-hour Career Conversations Training which provides information about the career development process, key competencies all employers seek when hiring college students, and practical career-related services and programs available through DCP and beyond.  If you are interested in scheduling a training, please contact Michelle Mallen (mallenm@uci.edu).

    Resources & Links for Staff and Student Leaders

    Career Conversations Online Modules

    Can’t make an in-person training?  We have developed online modules designed to give you the flexibility to go through the Career Conversations Training at your own pace.  To access these modules, click here.

  • Student Leaders

    In-Person Career Conversations Trainings

    We encourage all student leaders to attend a 1-hour Career Conversations Training which provides information about the career development process, key competencies all employers seek when hiring college students, and practical career-related services and programs available through DCP and beyond.  If you are interested in scheduling a training, please contact Michelle Mallen (mallenm@uci.edu).

    Career Conversations Online Modules

    Can’t make an in-person training?  We have developed online modules designed to give you the flexibility to go through the Career Conversations Training at your own pace.  To access these modules, click here.

    Resources & Links for Staff and Student Leaders

If you are interested in learning more about this program or scheduling a training, please contact Michelle Mallen (mallenm@uci.edu).