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.

Monday-Friday

10am-4pm

30 minute sessions

How to Schedule: Schedule an appointment through BruinView™ (Counseling Appointments tab). Appointments are posted at 9am on the day of, as well as at 12:01am (midnight) 7 days in advance. If you have any problems registering, please contact us at ccadmin@career.ucla.edu, 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.

Monday & Thursday

10am-1pm

15 minute sessions

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.


Peer Advisor Drop-in Schedule for Spring Quarter 2015

Our Peer Advisors are trained and available to help you with a 15-minute resume critique, Career Center orientation and Bruinview Navigation. Drop-ins are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and end promptly at the time posted.  Please come early for the best chance of being seen.  Check the schedule often, as it is subject to change without notice.  Drop-ins are only available to currently enrolled UCLA students.

Spring 2015:

  • Monday: 2-5pm
  • Tuesday: 12-5pm
  • Thursday: 2-5pm

Ackerman Tabling
Can't make it to the Career Center? A peer advisor will be in Ackerman Union to answer your question about our services:

  • Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Ackerman A-level, Hallway next to the Credit Union

Specialty Drop-Ins & Appointments

Students within these special interest areas are welcome to take advantage of all other Career Center appointments and services.

ATHLETES:

Consult your Student-Athlete Handbook for contact information for your Career Coach to set up a career counseling appointment. 

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS OFFICE (CPO):

Thursdays  12-1:30p   Student Activities Center, A105 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

Mondays     4-5p          Dashew Center

NORTH CAMPUS:

Fall 2014 schedule TBD

PHD & MASTER'S STUDENTS:

Tuesdays & Thursdays    11a-12p   

Graduate Student Resource Center(Student Activities Center, B11)


FOCUS 2 is here for you!

An online career and education planning tool

Not sure what to major in, thinking about changing majors, or trying to figure out what occupations 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. Wondering what you can do with your major? FOCUS 2 makes connections between UCLA majors and occupations. Interested in learning more about an occupation? View one of over 1,200 detailed occupations. Not sure where to begin? FOCUS 2’s career readiness activities will get you started. So sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home and build your career plan today.

New Users Self Registration URL:  https://www.FocusCareer2.com/Portal/Register.cfm?SID=800

Login to  BruinView™ to get your FOCUS 2 access code, then create your own FOCUS 2 account.

Returning Users URL:  https://www.FocusCareer2.com/Portal/Login.cfm?SID=800

Looking for more specialized career information? Make an appointment with a career counselor, browse our extensive career library, or attend one of our many educational career workshops. You can sign up for counselor appointments and workshops through BruinView™