Career Counseling: Discovering Your Ideal Career

The Career Center is much more than “the place to go to find a job” when you’re ready to graduate. In fact, we’re here for you from the first day you arrive at UCLA! Throughout your academic career the Career Center can help you learn about yourself, build skills, and form a professional network. The world of work is full of career options and with so many choices, it can be challenging to focus, but no worries -  we're here to help you!

From your first year on, the Career Center will introduce you to an amazing array of career possibilities and help you explore the link between academic majors and employment options. If you already have a career goal, we can help you develop skills and strategies to get you where you want to go.

Meet with a Career Counselor to:

  • Gain a better understanding of your skills, interests, and personality and learn how they relate to your career possibilities
  • Increase your knowledge of the job search process
  • Learn how to get an internship
  • Write an effective resume 
  • Gain greater confidence in interviewing skills
  • Learn about the process of applying to graduate and/or professional school
  • Learn how to write an effective personal statement.

Appointment Options

Please note that a BruinView™ account is required in order to register. Students are limited to one appointment (of any type) per day.

The Career Center offers several options for full-time, registered UCLA students to receive individualized, in-person assistance on their career needs:

Scheduled Appointments

Career Center Drop-In Hours

Peer Advisor Drop-In Hours

Specialty Drop-Ins & Appointments

Keep scrolling for details about each option.

Scheduled Appointments

Topics Covered: All career topics including, but not limited to, Career Counseling, Pre-Professional/Grad School, Mock Interview, Personal Statement, Resume / Cover Letter (paper copy required), Job or Internship Search.



30 minute sessions

How to Schedule: Schedule an appointment through BruinView™ (Counseling Appointments tab). Appointments are visible up to two weeks in advance. If you have any problems registering, please contact us and provide us with your full name and UCLA student ID number.

Late Arrivals: Please arrive on time, as counselors are often scheduled for back-to-back appointments and are therefore unable to meet beyond your allotted appointment time. If you are running late, please call (310) 206-1915 to inform us so the counselor knows whether or not to expect you.

Career Center Drop-In Hours

Topics Covered: Job or Internship Search, Resume / Cover Letter (paper copy required). For all other topics, please schedule an appointment through BruinView™.

Expanded Drop-In Hours for Weeks 1 - 3*

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday


15 minute sessions

Location: Strathmore Building, 2nd Floor

*Exceptions: Tuesday, January 24, 10am-3pm

Check-in begins at 10am sharp. Lines are not permitted inside the Career Center before this time. Students will be seen on first-come, first-served basis. Please note that drop-ins are only available for students who do not have an appointment scheduled on the same day.

Regular Drop-In Hours Will Resume Week 4 (1/31)

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday


Peer Advisor Drop-in Schedule for Fall Quarter 2016

Peer Advisor Drop-in Schedule for Fall Quarter 2016

Mondays 10-2pm | 3-4pm | Career Center, 2nd floor

Tuesdays 10-12pm | 1-3pm | 4-5pm | Career Center, 2nd floor

Wednesday 10-3pm | Career Center, 2nd floor

Thursdays 10-12pm | 1-2pm | Career Center, 2nd floor

Fridays 12-2pm | Career Center, 2nd floor

Drop-Ins Across Campus

All students are welcome to take advantage of the below drop-in hours and all other Career Center services, unless otherwise indicated.

LGBT Resource Center
Mondays, 12:30-1:30pm
Student Activities Center B36

Student-Athlete Career Drop-Ins (for Student-Athletes only)
Mon. Jan 23, 12-2pm, Acosta Center FOG Room
Mon. Feb 13, 12-2pm, Acosta Center FOG Room
Mon. Mar 13, 12-2pm, Acosta Center FOG Room
Mon. Apr 17, 12-2pm, Acosta Center FOG Room
Mon. May 15, 12-2pm, Acosta Center FOG Room

Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars
Mondays, 4-5pm (starting 1/23)
Dashew Center

Drop-Ins on the Hill
- Mondays, 5-7pm (odd weeks), De Neve Dining Hall Entrance
- Mondays, 5-7pm (even weeks), Covel Dining Hall Entrance

Community Programs Office (CPO)
Wednesdays, 1-2pm
Student Activities Center, A105

Life Sciences Group Drop-ins
Fridays, 10-11am (starting 1/20 - 3/17, exceptions 2/3 & 3/3)
Biomedical Sciences Research Bldg. (BSRB 154)

Engineering (for Engineering students only)
Thursdays, 12:30-2:30pm (starting 1/19)
Please note: Cancelled on Thu. Feb. 23. Will resume on Thu. Mar. 2.
Boelter Hall 6417

PHD & Master's Students (for graduate students only)
Tuesdays, 2-3:30pm
(Student Activities Center, B11)
Graduate Student Resource Center

STEM Graduate Student Drop-Ins (for STEM graduate students only)
*Please note: STEM Graduate Students Drop-Ins are starting on February 2 this quarter, and are moving to Thursdays 4-6pm (from Wednedays).
The Learning Center, Biomedical Library

FOCUS 2 is here for you!

An online career and education planning tool

Are you trying to figure out what occupations or majors are a good fit for you? FOCUS 2 can help! With 5 research based assessments to identify your work interests, personality, skills, values, and leisure interests; FOCUS 2 generates a list of occupations that match your assessment results. FOCUS 2 also makes connections between UCLA majors and occupations. So sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home and build your career plan today.

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