Alumni Career Network

The UC Alumni Career Network is a high-impact, online series designed to provide UC alumni and community members with the insights, information, and connections to launch, grow and expand your career opportunities.

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Career Design: Crafting a career that works for you

UC Davis alumna and career expert, Robin Reshwan, offers an introduction to career design filled with actionable steps to help you envision and craft a meaningful career.

Are you fulfilled by your career?  Are your strengths and talents fully maximized at work?  Are you struggling to find the right role for you?  View this episode of the UC Alumni Career Network series to learn more about how career design can help you craft a career that works for you.  Career design is a research-based, creative process of envisioning a career that fits your preferences, interests, personality, and values and taking actionable steps to break down internal and external barriers to prepare for the career you want.  UC Davis alumna and career expert, Robin Reshwan, offers an introduction to career design filled with actionable steps to help you envision and craft a meaningful career.  

Gain high-level tips by reading a quick article 7 essential steps for redesigning your career based on the strategies Robin shared during this webinar.

Navigating the gig economy

This webinar features a panel of freelancers, business owners, self-employed professionals and consultants who have successfully navigated the gig economy for advice on identifying opportunities, balancing multiple gigs and strategies for career success.

The modern workplace has changed dramatically allowing for greater flexibility in the way we work.  With those changes comes opportunity and challenges.  This webinar includes a panel of freelancers, business owners, self-employed professionals and consultants who have successfully navigated the gig economy for advice on identifying opportunities, balancing multiple gigs and strategies for career success.  

Featuring: 
  • Moderator: Corinne Warnshuis (’11 UC Santa Cruz), Social Impact Consultant
  • Jason Carbone (‘90, UC San Diego), Founder, Producer & DGA Director, Carbone Entertainment Inc.
  • Jon Carnero (‘94, UC Santa Cruz), Chief Media Officer, Siftly
  • Jimar Garcia (‘03, UC Irvine), President, HatchWork Solutions
  • Peter Leroe-Muñoz (’02, UC Berkeley), General Counsel and VP, Technology & Innovation Policy, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Elizabeth Perkins (‘11, UC Merced), Owner/Founder, CPTE Perkins Consulting
  • James Walker (’98, UC Berkeley), President, Diogenes Community Solutions Inc. 

Read the article Is now the time to be your own boss? with tips from our panel.

Professional success in healthcare and medicine: advice for mid-career and beyond

This webinar features UC alumni working in healthcare and medicine discussing strategies for long-term professional success. From finding your professional fit and navigating career change to advancing into leadership positions or managing work/life balance, this panel of healthcare leaders offers insights and advice to help you prepare for the future.

This webinar features UC alumni working in healthcare and medicine discussing strategies for long-term professional success. From finding your professional fit and navigating career change to advancing into leadership positions or managing work/life balance, this panel of healthcare leaders offers insights and advice to help you prepare for the future.

Featuring
  • Moderator: Mallika Marshall, MD (UC San Francisco), physician, Harvard Medical School and health reporter, WBZ-TV Boston
  • Yama Akbari, PhD, MD (’96 UC Los Angeles, ’05,’06 UC Irvine), critical care neurologist and assistant professor of Neurology & Neurological Surgery, UC Irvine
  • Sheree Criner, M.S., RN-BC (’18, UC Davis) nurse manager, Kaiser Permanente
  • Leah Loh (’00, UC Berkeley, ’05, ‘19 UC Los Angeles) project manager, Kaiser Permanente

Tips for managing others

Gain high-impact tips on managing and inspiring others from UCLA alumna Chris MacLaughlin (CMO of IBM's Global Partner Ecosystem) and UCSC alumna Rose Nakamoto (Director of the SCU Career Center).

Are you leading through the crisis… or managing the response?

Four behaviors that help leaders manage a crisis

Gain high-impact tips on managing and inspiring others from UCLA alumna Chris MacLaughlin (CMO of IBM's Global Partner Ecosystem) and UCSC alumna Rose Nakamoto (Director of the SCU Career Center).

Your job search during COVID-19

UC Santa Barbara alumna and career expert, Dana Manciagli, talks with UC Vice Provost, Yvette Gullatt, about strategies for accelerating your job search and remaining positive during a global pandemic.

Has the global health crisis impacted your job search or employment status? UC Vice Provost, Yvette Gullatt, interviews career expert and UC Santa Barbara alumna, Dana Manciagli. Dana offers concrete tips to help you maximize your job search, identify job leads and remain positive during times of change.

Professional presence in a (suddenly) remote world

UC Vice Provost, Yvette Gullatt chats with UC San Diego alumna Jessica Chen, Founder & CEO of Soulcast Media on professional presence via webcam and leading effective remote meetings.

Working remotely has become a new reality for many of us. UC Vice Provost, Yvette Gullatt chats with UC San Diego alumna Jessica Chen, Founder & CEO of Soulcast Media who is sharing her tips for professional presence via webcam and leading effective remote meetings.

Continuing your education: Graduate school, certificate and online programs

This in-depth discussion features three UC alumni who dive into continuing education opportunities, questions you need to answer to determine what programs are right for you and advice on preparing for your next steps.

Thinking about going back to school? Deciding whether or not to continue your education is a difficult decision. From determining what to study and the programs that will help you reach your goals to preparing for standardized exams and financing your education, the process is filled with complex questions and important decisions. This webinar provides an in-depth discussion on continuing education opportunities, questions you need to answer to determine what programs are right for you and advice on preparing for your next steps.

Featuring
  • Moderator: Fernando Peña (UC Santa Barbara), director of recruitment, Claremont Graduate University
  • Gabriela Monsalve, Ph.D., (UCLA '13), assistant dean for Postdoctoral Scholars, UC San Francisco
  • Gina Galli Reed  (UC Davis '02), strategic marketing manager, UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education

Originally recorded on February 19, 2020

Leadership Insights: Moving up in your career

Looking to advance in your career? Gain insights on what it takes to make the move from independent contributor to leading a team or advance from mid-level management to senior leadership roles, strategies to help you prepare for the next step, and insights into the distinct challenges senior leaders face.

Looking to advance in your career? Gain insights on what it takes to make the move from independent contributor to leading a team or advance from mid-level management to senior leadership roles. Our diverse panel addressed career management strategies to help you prepare for the next step and insights into the distinct challenges senior leaders face. Please note that during the original recording of this webinar we faced audio issues with panelist Melinda Yee Franklin which have been edited from this recording. We will host Melinda for a future UC Alumni Career Network webinar.

Featuring

Moderator: Erin Tanenbaum (UC San Diego '90), senior managing director, Southern California Leadership Network

Jim Houpis, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley '78, '89), president of Modesto Junior College

Christine Simmons (UCLA '98), chief operating officer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Originally recorded on January 30, 2020

Navigating career transition

Navigating career transition can be a daunting task filled with complex questions and uncertainty. This webinar offers actionable tips and insights to help you prepare for a career pivot or job change.

Additional resources to help you navigate your career pivot

Are you looking for a career change? Re-entering the workforce after taking time off? Hoping to find a job that aligns your passion and skills? Navigating career transition can be a daunting task filled with complex questions and uncertainty. This UC Alumni Career Network webinar features Marcia Wall, who offers actionable tips and insights to help you prepare for a career pivot or job change, and is moderated by Randell Rueda. This webinar also focuses on identifying passion, assessing skills, identifying market opportunities and positioning one’s background to land the next opportunity.

Featuring

Moderator: Randell Rueda (UC Merced '11, UC Davis '17)

Marcia Wall (UC Santa Cruz '92), career and academic counselor

Originally recorded on November 20, 2019